When is it time to look for a new job?

Thinking to quit your job, but you’re not sure if you should? It might be time to consider a fresh start at a new company, but it can be a difficult decision to make.

You might not be too fond of your job, but you get along really well with your colleagues. Or you have worked at the same company for such a long time that taking the step to move on can be very daunting. It can be easier to stay within your comfort zone, however, sometimes it’s a good idea to make the difficult decision that you need a change. And it’s only you who can make this change happen.

We’ll look into signs that you need to pick up on when it’s time to leave and start the job hunt for a new opportunity.

The passion is gone

You really liked your job when you started but the passion you once had for you job has slowly faded away. That exiting feeling you had and all the opportunities you saw for yourself is not there anymore. You’re not doing what you love anymore and each day will become more of a grind.

Mornings are a drag

Getting out of bed is even worse then it normally already is. The moment you wake up you already dread going into work. Everyone has days like this, but if it starting to be a common thing it’s time to ask yourself why am I dreading going in to work so much?

Your health is suffering

Your physical health can sometimes be an indicator of your mental health, and if you’re feeling generally sick or have a sense of enduring malaise, your job might be to blame. If your job is making you sick, that’s a good indicator that it’s time to look for a new position.

Pulling sickies

Without actually being ill, you start pulling sickies because you just really dread going into work. If you’ve got a hangover, really want to enjoy the rare sunshine or just can’t be bothered every now and again then that’s one thing (not that it’s right) but if you’re calling in sick on a regular basis just so you don’t have to face work then it’s time to start your job hunt.

The company is in a bit of a crisis

The company you are working at hasn’t been doing well and it feels like you are working at a sinking ship. There is no need to go down with this sinking ship, so time to explore your horizons with new opportunities, where you can thrive again.

Not getting along with your colleagues

You spend more time with your colleagues on a weekly basis then you do with your friends and family. Not getting along with your colleagues can make the you not feel at ease at work and nobody wants to feel isolated from the rest all the time.

You don’t fit in with the corporate culture (anymore)

You feel that there are ethical or moral differences in how the company and you believe the firm should operate. This will make for an uncomfortable feeling at the workplace.

Productivity is going down

You used to get so much work done and you feel you are by far not as productive anymore. You’re still capable of doing the tasks but you have to put it much more effort to get them done. This might be a sign to start looking for something new.

You are not being challenged

You didn’t get that promotion you hoped for, you’re not getting acknowledged by management that you have more to offer than the tasks you are doing now and the challenging assignments always go to someone else.

You are not being heard

When you want to contribute to improve the company and come up with good ideas. But your opinion isn’t valued or heard. Or your good work is not being acknowledged. Time to move on!

Your conversations with your family and friends become dominated by complaints and moaning about work

If every dinner conversation starts and ends with a negative commentary about your day at work, it might be time to find a job that will incite not complaints but instead productive discussion about your professional challenges, lessons learned, and the day’s highlights

You are experiencing verbal abuse, sexual harassment, or are aware of any type of other illegal behavior.

This is never ok! If you’re the victim of bullying, sexual harassment or other unacceptable behavior, you should certainly keep an eye out for other positions, regardless of what corrective measures you’re taking.

You just want something else

It’s just time to move on. Finding a new job doesn’t have to be because of anything negative. Sometimes, you’ve just reached the end of the road with your current job and feel it’s the right time to move on. This is always the nicest way to leave things, on a high, with your boss’ or company’s blessing.

If you feel it’s time to move on to something new, dust of your CV and start applying for new jobs. Don’t be put off by the stories of the tough job market, because if you put in the effort something new will come on your path.

One thought on “When is it time to look for a new job?

  1. Hello Harry, Thank you for providing this insight. It was time to look for a new different job for multiple reasons (above) and I left and took a break, best thing I ever did.

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