Jason Gowlett

Recognising when it’s time to move jobs

Posted by Jason Gowlett at 09:15 AM

Changing your job is often thought to be an unsettling and stressful life event. Fear of the unknown can keep you trapped in an unfulfilling job and unwilling to step out of your comfort zone.

You need to conquer your fear and realise that change is inevitable. Explore your options and make the right decision to suit you and your needs.

But how do you recognise when it’s time to move jobs?

Here are five signs that it’s time to make the move.

  1. You dread going to work
If you wake every morning with that sinking feeling, then clearly you’re unhappy. Recognise how long you’ve felt this way and use this as motivation to make a change and realise your true potential. Ask yourself if there’s a different role out there that you’d look forward to going to.
  1. You don’t like your colleagues
You’re not guaranteed to get on with all your colleagues. However, if you dislike absolutely everyone then the problem probably lies with you. Having a negative attitude or moaning constantly will alienate you from others. Look at what’s triggering your behaviour. What would make you happy?
  1. Your boss is a chocolate teapot
If you’re unlucky to have an incompetent boss, you may not be getting the recognition you deserve. They may take credit for your work, treat you with disregard or not take you seriously. Bad management can hold your career back. You need a supportive manager who will champion you. 
  1. You don’t feel challenged
If you’re not being challenged or stimulated at work then you’ll soon find yourself clock-watching and wishing away the hours until home time. Being unsatisfied with your job can be very de-motivating. Are you developing new skills or are there any advancement opportunities? If not, it’s time to jump ship.
  1. Work-life imbalance
Are your spending too much time at work and neglecting your friends and family? Working long hours in a stressful environment can take its toll on your physical and mental health. Being unhappy can lead to anxiety and depression. Recognise the signs and make the right move.

Make the change

There are a number of questions to ask yourself when considering moving jobs:
  • Is your performance suffering?
  • Are your ideas being ignored?
  • Do you feel complete disinterest towards your work?
  • Are you suffering from constant lack of sleep due to anxiety over work?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the questions above, then it’s time to look at your options. Think positive and look for a rewarding role that will challenge you and enrich your life.

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