It’s hard to know when it’s time for a new job. You don’t want to leave your current job too hastily, but you also don’t want to be stuck in a position you’re not entirely satisfied with.
When one bad or blah day at work becomes a pattern, it may be a sign that the underlying problem is the job itself ― and there is no longer anything to be gained by staying. Here are some telling signs that it’s time to find a new job:
- You dread Mondays. It is normal to be tired following a weekend, however, feeling dread when your alarm goes off on Mondays makes it difficult to enjoy the rest of the day. Mornings should be greeted on a positive note.
- You’ve lost your passion. New tasks and assignments do not excite you and the companies results do not make you feel accomplished. In order to have a fulfilling career, you should feel the passion and drive for the work you do.
- You don’t see a future at the company. A company that does not prioritize career growth can hinder your professional development and make you resent the role.
- Your skills are not being utilised or noticed. Management doesn’t acknowledge that you have more to offer than what you’ve been contributing for a significant amount of time.
- You’re bored. If you’re not growing or learning anything new, it might be time to move on to ensure career growth.
- Your work performance is suffering. If you’re no longer productive at work, even though you’re capable of performing the task, this means you have out skilled the role and need to move on.
“For some, when it’s time to leave a job can be quite clear — whereas for others, it might not be so obvious,” says career coach, Ryan Kahn.
Once you realize it might be time to leave your job, you’ll want to set goals for yourself highlighting what you are looking for in terms of responsibilities, company culture, salary, and benefits.
It’s best to have another opportunity lined up when you turn in your resignation. While each situation for quitting is personal and complex, finding a new job before quitting helps to mitigate the risk of losing income and benefits and having employment gaps on your resume.
Is your new job right for you?
Think critically, try to separate your logical self from your emotional self, and go with the decision that makes the most sense for you.
However, remember; never burn bridges in business. Thank your colleagues for the experience, the opportunities, and the learnings that you are taking with you, along with your mentor or sponsor and other people who have been supportive and helpful.
In today’s world, the business community is well connected and people talk with each other, seeking recommendations before hiring people. Make a point to always be professional and do your part; take the high road in every situation.