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When is it time to look for a new job?

Written by

Joe Aubrey

Date posted

3 May, 2019

Everyone may reach a moment in their career where they feel they need to move on. This could be for many reasons, hopefully, so you can move on to bigger and better things. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

Many people can reach a point in a job where they notice a lack of motivation and feel unsatisfied with the work they’re doing. Below are some signs to look for that might signify it’s time to start looking for a new job.

Before you go any further, remember that sometimes it is best to have an honest discussion with your manager. Being up-front about your issues can sometimes help a lot, without you having to move on.


The dreaded Monday morning

How do you feel about Monday morning? Do you look forward to it on a Sunday evening? Or do you feel like the thought of it ruins your weekend?

If the latter, then you should seriously consider looking at your options. Having this negative mindset is not healthy, and can affect both your work and personal lives.


Pulling loads of sick days

Are you calling in sick to work just to avoid going in? Or maybe you're booking holiday just so you can stay at home. This is a big sign that it’s time to move on. You have sick pay for a reason, and using it in this way is wasteful and can cause you problems later down the line.


Not reaching your full potential

Many people can start to feel too comfortable in a job, which works for some people. But if you have high ambitions, this is something you want to avoid. Getting too comfortable can prevent you from pushing yourself and reaching your full potential. Try and see if you can take on additional responsibility, or move to a more challenging role.


The Monster Boss

Some people just don’t get on with their boss. It is always important to keep your relationships at work professional and try to overcome these issues. But at the end of the day, we’re all human.

If you feel like you're being bullied or treated unfairly, you may have some more options and should speak to your HR department. If you just really can’t stand the person you work for, or the people you work with, the best option might be to find another position.


You’re bored or you just don’t care

Being bored at work is something many people experience, but it can be easy to remedy. If you feel like you’re bored and you’re not enjoying your work, speak to a manager and see if you can take on some new tasks.

However, if you find that you just don’t care about your job anymore, it's definitely time to start the job hunt. Working in this state can be damaging to your career. You are unlikely to be producing a high-quality of work, which in turn might harm your chances of getting a good reference from your current employer.


Work-related stress is affecting your health

Do you feel constantly stressed about work? If you are, it’s important you do something about it sooner rather than later. Constantly suffering from work-related stress can not only harm your personal life and relationships, but can lead to health problems like chest pain, high blood pressure, and more.

It is important that you seek help if you feel like this. Your current employer should be willing to support you and help you get back to normal. If this doesn’t help, then a carefully planned career move could be ideal.


Frustration and stagnation

You may feel like you deserve a promotion or pay rise that isn’t forthcoming. Or perhaps you feel like you have more to offer your employer, but aren't getting the opportunity to impress.

As with many of these points, speak to your manager as a first step. What you want to avoid is feeling like you’re not making any progress. A good manager should see this as a positive sign and should try to give you more responsibilities if they feel you're up for it.


The idea of a new job is exciting

One day, you could be looking on the internet and notice a great looking job ad. You might not be looking for a new job, but it might just come up on LinkedIn. It could be a step up from what you’re doing now, or with a company that you’d love to work for. If the thought of a new job excites you, then listen to yourself and consider taking a risk.

It can sometimes be difficult to tell if issues you are facing in your current role are short-term problems that can be solved easily or more complex challenges that will hang around. Whatever the case, an honest, one-to-one chat with your manager might help, but if you still feel unhappy or unfulfilled, get prepared to make a move. If you decide it is time to get looking, get in touch with Coyle today and we can help you to find that perfect job.

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