Are you contemplating looking for a new job but unsure if it’s for the right reasons? Maybe it’s just a bad day and you’ll feel better about it tomorrow – maybe it’s more than that. Either way, it can be hard to admit that it’s time to move on from your current role.
Need some help? We’ve narrowed it down to four key factors to look out for which scream ‘it’s time to leave’.
If you find yourself agreeing with more than a few of the below points, then maybe it’s time to take a long hard look in the mirror and think about what you really want.
- Master Procrastinator
If you no longer enjoy your role and you can’t face walking into work on a Monday morning, it’s probably time to evaluate your situation.
Everyone gets the Monday blues from time to time, but dreading going into the office is a whole other ball park. Maybe you find yourself clock watching and procrastinating just to avoid doing your work, or you can do your job on autopilot?
If so, maybe it’s time for a new challenge and a role where you will feel motivated and inspired (they do exist, I promise!) Another sure sign that it’s time to start the search is when your conversations at home are dominated by complaints about work. If you feel unhappy with your situation and your heart just isn’t in it, then these signs alone should tell you all you need to know.
- Comfortable vs. Complacent
Feeling stuck in a rut? Not seeing a way out can make you feel like there’s nowhere to go.
But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not an oncoming train – making the decision to leave your role can help you think clearer and stop you feeling stuck where you are.
Or maybe you need to stay where you are because its pays the bills and you can’t risk leaving and not finding something else? Well making the decision to start searching for a new job doesn’t mean you have to up and quit on the spot.
Having a secure offer before handing in your notice will ensure you never miss a bill and there’s always food on the table! However, putting off searching for a new job because it’s a nuisance or you don’t need the hassle will just prolong the process and get you caught in a viscous cycle.
- Career advancement
Choosing to leave your job isn’t always because of negative factors. If you are looking to move up the career ladder then you should look to take the next step every three years or so. If there are no advancement opportunities or promotions coming up within your organisation, then you should consider looking for a new role that will give you that next step. If your organisation supports your career goals then they will be behind this decision, if they don’t, then you made the right decision by choosing to look elsewhere! Another reason to look for a new role is if you feel your skills aren’t being tapped, or maybe you have just outgrown your role and have learnt all there is to learn. To reach your goals you will need to be continuing learning and developing and honing your skills - building them up with experience. If you feel your current role isn’t doing this for you then you are ready for a new challenge.
- Taking care of number one
The most important factor in deciding to leave your current role is your wellbeing. If you are often feeling stressed about work and becoming increasingly more run down of it, then you really need to make a change in your life.
Having a good work life balance is crucial – if your organisation isn’t supporting this or you are frequently working long, unsociable hours for not much in return, then it’s time to put number one first. Your mental and physical wellbeing are vital, and when your role begins to have a detrimental effect it’s time to take positive action.
If reading these points is ticking more than a few boxes it’s time to evaluate what you want out of a job and decide to turn thought into action.
Of course, this might not be the case – if you are happy and supported in your current role, and are looking to stay there for a while then that’s perfectly fine!
The decision must be right for you, so make sure you take some time out to decide what you really want.