5 Signs it’s Time to Find a New Job
It can be tough to figure out if your Monday blues are normal or if your job isn’t right for you anymore. Here are five signs it may be time to move on.
If you’re reading this article, chances are you have considered or are currently considering leaving your job. To that I say, congrats! Acknowledging your unhappiness is the first step to overcoming it.
But here’s the thing; no job is perfect (unless you’re Oprah). Every job has its ups and downs, and the hard part is to make the distinction of whether you’re just going through a rough patch, or whether it’s time to jump ship. When I left my last job, I was really upset to leave the strong friendships I had developed, and the big name company I was working for. I was offered a much better role at a smaller company I’d never heard of, but I had less than a week to accept, and I was terrified. After a detailed chart of pros and cons, a cost-benefit analysis, and hours of analyzing Glassdoor reviews until my eyes turned red, I decided to take the plunge. It was a scary, difficult decision, but I have not regretted it once.
It can be hard to make a decision where the outcome is so uncertain, especially when you have another choice (to stay). The devil you know, right? But sometimes, especially as a young professional, having the strength to take a calculated risk will change your career in ways you could’ve never imagined. Here are five signs it’s time to find a new job:
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1. It Just Doesn’t Make Sense for You Right Now
You don’t have to hate your job for quitting to be the better option for you. Sometimes, our job doesn’t make sense for our circumstances. Maybe the commute or living accommodations are too expensive for what you’re making in salary. Of course, life isn’t all about money, but it would be naïve to say that it’s not essential to living. If you’re basically in a deficit after paying your bills for the month, it may be worth finding another job. Unless there’s a promising payout, like an upcoming promotion or it’s a great company that will make your resume shine, consider diving back into the job hunt.
2. It’s a Toxic Environment
Unfortunately, sometimes work environments can be very toxic. Whether it’s competitive, ruthless coworkers or unprofessionalism coming from top management and HR, a toxic work environment can take a huge toll on our mental health and emotional well-being. No amount of money is worth a negative impact on your self-esteem, your perspective on work ability and performance, or your integrity. If you feel uncomfortable, scared ,or severely anxious going into work, it’s definitely a sign it’s time to find a new job.
3. There’s No Room for Advancement
An ideal manager is a great leader who has high emotional intelligence and a vested interest in the future of your career. Unfortunately (as many of us probably know by now), that’s not always the case. I’m not saying that if your manager is indifferent about your success or too busy to care, you should jump ship. However, if your manager is purposely sabotaging you, so that you don’t leave their team, you will most likely hit a brick wall in your advancement. If they steal your ideas and don’t give you credit, 9 out of 10 times, talking to them about it won’t help. Some managers are in it for themselves, and that’s not a place you should work. Furthermore, if there are no opportunities for advancement, you may be wasting your time staying in the role (unless your comfortable staying put where you are).
4. There’s Another Opportunity Calling Out to You
You got another job offer, congratulations! But how do you know if leaving is the right thing to do? One of the scariest career-related decisions you can make is to leave a job you’re comfortable in for the unknown. But let me tell you something – being young has its perks. One of them is that you likely have less to lose, so you can take greater risks. I mean, you probably don’t have kids to support, mortgage payments to make, and you most likely have family that could lend you some help if it came to it. If there’s an opportunity that presented itself that you have a nagging urge to pursue, I say go for it. Take the plunge, because this is the time to make mistakes (or, if you’re lucky, the best decision you’ve ever made).
5. You’re Bored
Work can get boring sometimes, and it’s not always necessary to quit your job over it. However, if you don’t feel stimulated in your current role and it’s causing you to feel discouraged and unmotivated, it may be a sign it’s time to find a new job. Of all the things your twenties and thirties can be, boring shouldn’t be one of them.
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