Making a job change isn’t a decision to take lightly. When you’re grappling with the choice to leave an employer behind for a new one or stick it out for a little while longer, step back and analyze the situation. Consider these eight signs that it’s time to move on before finding a new position.
1. You Don’t Feel Appreciated
If you’re working hard and meeting goals without any recognition for your accomplishments, it may be time to move on to an employer that appreciates your efforts. A simple “thank you” or “nice work” from time to time lets you know your hard work is appreciated.
2. There’s No Room for Advancement
Nobody wants to be stuck in the same position throughout their entire career. If there’s no room for growth, promotion or new responsibilities in your current position, it's time to move on to a position that challenges you and offers opportunities to climb the corporate ladder.
3. You Don't Care
Do you dress sloppily for work and put in minimal effort? If you’re feeling burnt out and have no passion for the position, start scanning the job boards. Once you stop caring about what you do at work, your appearance and attitude reflect it.
4. You Don’t Like Your Co-Workers
If your work environment is hostile, you're dealing with annoying office mates or you're just not making connections with people at work, it's time to look for an organization where you feel more comfortable. Strive to find a company with positive workers and a great culture where you can thrive.
5. You Dread Going to Work
If you're ready to go home before you even show up to the office, it may be time to move on to something that leaves you feeling fulfilled and excited to start the work day. Eight-hour days feel even longer when you're bored and don't feel challenged by your duties.
6. You’re Under Too Much Stress
Are you crumbling under the pressure of meeting impossible deadlines? Do you spend hours at home complaining about your co-workers, boss or company policies? If you're stressed out on a daily basis, it's time to dust off that resume.
7. You Dream of Something Different
It takes time and hard work to reach your career goals, and some jobs are just stepping stones to your dream job. If you feel stuck in your current position and don't think it's leading you on the right path, move on to a job that better aligns with where you want to be.
8. You’re Not Satisfied With the Perks
Salary isn't everything. If you're not satisfied with the perks offered by your employer, including health insurance, childcare, bonuses, vacation time and flexible work hours, explore the packages offered by other organizations.
If you can relate to these eight signs that it’s time to move on, take the necessary steps to do so. Network with professionals in the industry, send your resume to prospective employers and seek out training opportunities that help you hone your skills in preparation for a better opportunity.
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