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4 Signs it’s Time to Find a New Job

 

Not every employee is a match for every job. Whether you’re not getting on with the new management or you’re in the wrong field entirely, it’s important to know when to start looking and what you should be looking for.

First of all, if you’ve worked for the same company for several years and you were very happy and satisfied with your work until recently, you should look at what’s changed. Are you getting along with your manager and/or your colleagues, or do you seem to rub each other the wrong way? Have you outgrown the work? And are you now finding previously challenging and interesting tasks to be tedious and uninspiring?

Now, you may be thinking that the job market hasn’t stabilised enough or that you should be grateful to have a job at all. Yes, unemployment is still high, but new jobs are becoming available every day, and employment figures are steadily improving. Furthermore, you don’t have to quit your current job before you find a new one. You can peruse the job market and even send out applications and C Vs from your PC with no risk to your current position, just don’t get caught doing it in work :)

Here are some signs and symptoms that it maybe it’s time to move on.

 

You Always Eat Lunch Alone

 

Everyone needs a little bit of solitude, now and then, but, in general, people who get along well at their jobs make a few “work friends”; people they’ll go to lunch with and socialise with during breaks or even go out for a few drinks with on Fridays. If you don’t get on socially with your colleagues, it’s time to think a little bit about why that is. Are you older or younger than they are? Is your background vastly different? These things can be overcome if you want to, but if you just don’t care that much or you just want to get in, get your job done, and go home, it might be time to rethink your position with this company.

 

You Don’t Ever Want to Talk About Work

 

People who enjoy their work want to talk about it, at least to a certain degree. They want to share the things they’ve created and the progress they’ve made. If you don’t like what you do enough to tell your friends or your spouse a little bit about the project you’re working on, you may be in the wrong industry or at least in the wrong position.

 

You’re Only in It for the Money

 

At the end of the day, we all work to pay the bills, but you should get something more out of your job than just a pay check. If every conversation that you have about your job ends in a statement like, “I don’t know/I don’t care… I’m just in it for the money,” then you’re in the wrong job entirely. It’s time to re-evaluate what you’re doing with your life and what you want to do with it. You spend roughly a third of your waking hours at work; wouldn’t you rather be doing something you enjoy at least a little bit?

 

You’ve Stopped Progressing

 

Whether you’re not progressing within the company or you’re not progressing in your education and experience in your field, if you feel stagnant, you probably are. If, in the last year, the only change you make to your CV is how long you’ve been at your current job, it might be time to go, especially if you’ve been there a few years and the same is true. If you haven’t taken on new responsibilities, gotten new training, or furthered your career in any way in the last year, you might want to take a look at some of the opportunities out there for 2015


March 4, 2015