Are you open to taking a new career path but waiting for a sign that it’s time to move on? While you’re waiting for a major event to show you it’s time to leave, you may be missing the signs that are already there. Here are four signs that it’s time to start looking:
You Feel Undervalued
Do you feel undervalued in your current job? Maybe you have been passed up for a promotion (again!) or your contributions don’t get the attention they deserve. Studies have shown that one of the main reasons people leave their jobs is because they feel undervalued, particularly if it is costing them the opportunity to move up in their career.
You Don’t Feel Challenged
Truth be told, sometimes a bit of mindless spreadsheet work is just what the doctor ordered. Generally, though, job challenges help you stay engaged and promote your professional growth. Plus, that feeling you get when you overcome a challenge is second to none! The longer you stay in an unchallenging job, the more you run the risk of your most valuable skills atrophying or becoming obsolete. When you stay in a job that doesn’t exercise your skillset you risk falling into a routine that eclipses career advancement.
You Aren’t Getting The Work-Life Balance You Want
Unless you have a Genie who granted your wish for the perfect job (PRO TIP: Always ask for more wishes), you’ll need to make some compromises. You may need to work overtime to earn more money, or possibly sacrifice a little salary to have more vacation time. While it may not be perfect, you should be comfortable with your work-life balance. If you find your situation to be less than ideal and your employer is unwilling to work with you to improve it, it’s time to move on. Work-life balance is an important requirement for job seekers today and companies are willing to offer benefits that support it.
You Have A Case Of The Mondays… On a Sunday
It’s normal to experience some anxiety going into the first day of the workweek, but if you find that your case of the Mondays is regularly bleeding into your Sunday routine it may be time to start searching for something new. This is especially true if you are worrying about items that are generally “low-stake” in nature, or if you just have general anxiety about being in the office. It’s natural to have a few butterflies about a big presentation, or a phone call, but if you’re sweating the small-stuff then it’s probably time to consider a change.