Is it time to find a new job?

Leaving your job and finding new work can be terrifying, but if you’re facing any of these scenarios it could be time to consider looking for a new role…

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The Sunday feeling

That feeling of panic that it’s almost time to go back to work – you can’t face another week and you’re already willing the next weekend to begin.

We all get a case of the Mondays from time to time, but if even thinking about your job fills you with dread, it’s probably time to leave. Don’t keep telling yourself you’re having a bad week if what you really have is a job that’s a bad fit.

Your expectations of your position are not being met

It's really unfortunate when you work for a company that doesn't deliver on their promises. The requirements of the job should be clearly outlined by your boss beforehand.

Employees need to know why they are there, what they are supposed to do and should be excited to do it. If the role and expectations are not outlined properly, this could be a sign that better management is needed.

You’ve lost your motivation         

We all have days where we might be a less productive than we would care to admit, but have you been struggling to shake off the feeling of no motivation lately?

While you might not feel like it all the time, for the most part, you should feel inspired while you work at your job.

Even if you love the company, your boss, and your co-workers, it’s not worth the effort if you hate the work. Passion is a necessary ingredient for success. If you’re unenthusiastic or even indifferent about the work you do, it’s time to reassess your career.

You’re undervalued/there is no opportunity for growth

When you’ve worked really hard to hone a plethora of skills but they don’t fit the role, maybe you need a job where you can use your core skills. Remember, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

It isn’t wise to stick around in a company when they can't help you grow professionally - especially if you're an asset to the company. This could mean moving into a more senior position or growth in terms of learning and engaging in new challenges.

If you feel stuck in a holding pattern, where you constantly feel bored and disengaged, it might be a sign you've outgrown your position. If there's no opportunity to move up, it's probably time to move out.


You don’t get on with your boss.

While you don't need to be best friends with your boss, it's important to have a respectful relationship with him or her. There needs to be trust and you need to feel valued as an employee.

Bosses come and go, which is why conventional wisdom says that it’s best to just wait a bad boss out. But that’s not always the right move.

If you have a bad boss who’s well-liked by upper management, it may be time to leave. In addition to making you miserable every day, a two-faced manager who’s loved by the higher ups can wreak havoc on your career by taking credit for your work, bad-mouthing you to others, and blaming you for things that go wrong.

Your health is suffering.

A job is simply not worth affecting your health for; there are plenty of workplaces out there that care for their employees.

You want to work for a company that not only cares about your professional life, but your well-being as well. Going to work should not bring on a feeling of nausea and panic. An unhappy professional life can affect individual’s physical and mental health. If you feel regularly stressed out by work, it’s time to take a hard look at the environment and other options.


Your personal life is suffering.

As well as your health, your workplace can also have a negative impact on your personal life. Whether you work too many hours or you’re stressed and miserable when you come home, it’s time to leave when your job starts affecting your personal time and relationships.

Your values and the company’s values don’t match

You feel that there are ethical or moral differences in how the company and you believe the firm should operate; cultural differences; work ethic clashes, and so on. Perhaps its latest product is bad for the environment for example, and you are an avid environmentalist. Whatever the issue, you're morally misaligned with your employer, and it's an uncomfortable workplace setting.

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The average person spends 90,000 hours at work during their life time. That’s TEN continuous years. So your job has to be right for you. As JFK said:

“For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”

Written by Jenny Headington

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