6 Easy-to-Spot Signs You Need to Get a New Job
Yes, you may have a job at the moment, but maybe you should looking for something new.
How do you know if really is a time to move on to another position? Often times, knowing when to take your skills to a new job is simple, but there can be instances when it’s a little more complicated. Here are some signs that you should take note of in case you’re not sure:
If the foul mood you’re experiencing goes beyond the vending machine eating one of your dollar bills, then it may be time to start a job search. You may find yourself annoyed by coworkers, a boss or the work itself. If it’s getting to the point that your mood is worsening on a consistent basis, it’s time to dust off that résumé.
YOU'RE NOT EARNING ENOUGH
File this one under “duh!” Ultimately, we all work to make money and you don’t want to hit a point where the salary just doesn’t cut it anymore. Circumstances change and the cost of living inevitably goes up, so you have every right to seek a better pay day for yourself.
YOU'RE NOT CHALLENGED
Once upon a time, you were hired for an exciting position that stretched your abilities. Now, you can do the work in your sleep. While being able to do your job that well and that easily sounds good, coasting is anything but. Being stimulated by your job is a reward unto itself, while going on autopilot could lead to bitterness and just a complete lack of interest, which could even be reflected in how your superiors view you.
YOUR COMPANY IS IN TROUBLE
If there have been layoffs or there is chatter that your company is in a heap of trouble, don’t wait for the writing on the wall to become a full-fledged epitaph for the end of your employment that reads, “You’re fired.” Be pro-active and get out while you still can. If co-workers have been let go for any variety of reasons, you need to protect yourself before the hammer comes down on you.
YOU'VE GOT A JOB, NOT A CAREER
Sure, you clock in each day and fulfill your job responsibilities, but be wary if you’re not invested in the work. You shouldn’t have to give up doing what you love, so take stock of your current position to see if it’s something you enjoy doing and can continue to see doing down the line. You don't want to become someone who's working for a paycheck, without actually liking it.
YOU'RE NOT GOING TO ADVANCE ANY FURTHER
If there is simply no more upward mobility in your current place of employment, you may want to shop around. Don’t be afraid to take what you’ve learned in one job and apply it towards another. Different companies have different values, so the experience you’ve gained in one job could be invaluable for another. The fresh perspective you can provide by coming from a different background may make you a hot commodity with the potential for serious advancement.