Career experts understand and advocate for it as being completely acceptable and even beneficial for professionals to switch jobs frequently. By doing so, your spidey sense will develop stronger as you learn to evaluate employers better.
But when should you pack it all in and move on? Here are six signs it might be time for a job change: 1. When your satisfaction levels drop dramatically
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1. You’re unhappy
Over the course of their career, professionals should expect to switch jobs multiple times. When done strategically, changing jobs can actually benefit professional growth; however, changing them too frequently could prove detrimental.
Though it is essential to find a job with attractive pay and advancement opportunities, it’s equally vital that it meets all of your personal needs as well. If you find yourself frequently feeling unhappy or frustrated in your current position, perhaps now is the time to look elsewhere for employment.
As your interests and goals change, it is wise to reflect on whether your current job still fits into your plans. If your morning commute seems dragged out or your motivation levels decrease dramatically, it could be time to look into changing jobs.
There may be many reasons for you to feel unhappy in your work environment, from an unpleasant boss to a draining commute. By overcoming some of these hurdles (for example reducing travel times) you might discover that your job doesn’t necessarily pose as an impediment after all.
Are You Comfortable in Your Current Role? Perhaps after many years in your current position, you have reached a level of mastery over its duties and feel ready for something more challenging or to change industries altogether. This could be an indicator that it’s time for change!
A rising trend among Millennials is to change careers entirely, giving those seeking to explore an area they’re passionate about the chance to pursue it within their current industry.
As well as taking stock of yourself, it’s also wise to discuss any issues you are currently dealing with with close family and friends. A trusted adviser might also be able to help create an objective plan for the future which takes both career and personal needs into consideration.
2. You’re not learning
Although changing jobs frequently was once seen as taboo, modern job markets encourage it and in fact actively support it. Many professionals switch roles every three to five years – this strategy may prove even more fruitful for your career than staying put for two or more years at one job.
Unfortunately, even though switching jobs often is perfectly acceptable in today’s employment climate, some professionals still believe doing so may damage their careers.
3. You’re not challenged
An ideal job should keep you feeling challenged – be it your functional responsibilities or working with new people and learning about their perspectives on business problems – it should keep you engaged with your work and keep you interested. If your career needs more of a boost than your current employer can offer, perhaps looking elsewhere could be necessary.
Professionals who switch jobs frequently – not only Millennials – tend to make more over their career than professionals who stay with one company for an extended period. This is likely because employers must compete for top talent by offering higher compensation and benefits packages in order to attract top talent.
However, changing jobs can be stressful – particularly when you have to adjust to an entirely different working environment and corporate culture. Learning new skills quickly may put added strain on both physically and emotionally.
As soon as you settle into your new role for an extended period, it can be easy to lose touch with what’s happening outside. Your internal priorities might overtake anything outside, like knowing who has political ascent or salary increases that could benefit from increased awareness.
Losing touch with the larger world of your industry and not being challenged enough in your current role are both reasons to change jobs. Doing so allows you to hone interviewing skills, probe for Business Pains and tell “Dragon Slaying Stories”, all things that will help advance your career growth as a business leader and progress your career path. However, prior to making any major career moves it is wise to ensure you have financial backup in place as changing jobs could leave you without income for some time – but if you are willing to be flexible and make an effort in finding “The One”, changing jobs can prove very fruitful and beneficial for both parties involved!
4. You’re not happy
Job hopping may not be necessarily bad, but it’s essential that any change be motivated by valid reasons. Moving jobs for more money or challenges or simply getting away from the office more frequently are fine motivations; switching careers out of nowhere could signal that you still don’t know who you are professionally or what career path best fits.
If you find yourself struggling to wake up on Tuesday mornings or contemplating quitting during your lunch break, that could be a telltale sign that it’s time for something new. Recognizing exactly which aspects of your job irritate you (e.g. manager, co-workers, commuters or organizational culture), and devising ways that would change them so that you’ll finally feel contented is key for finding happiness again in work.
When you can no longer find satisfaction in your work, it could be because your original motivations for entering it have faded over time. Even if they still exist but no longer hold any interest for you personally or the products produced within it. In such an instance, it might be worth seeking another career option or leaving.
Sleepless nights due to stress caused by your job can also be an indicator that it’s time for change; if the tasks at hand seem overwhelming and overwhelming you, perhaps a different role would better suit your skillset.
If your time at work has become more significant than time spent with family or you find it impossible to sleep due to worrying about work-related obligations, that should be a telltale sign of trouble ahead. Failing to manage stress at work could eventually impact all aspects of your life; don’t allow this situation to get out of hand; change jobs for the wrong reasons will only add further frustration and possibly burnout.