We spend more time at work than we do with our friends and family and your career is important so it’s imperative you never lose out on an ill-fitting role. Moving jobs is harder said than done and above all, it’s nerve wracking with procrastination being one of the biggest contributors to a delay in doing so.
As such, I thought I’d share 5 of the most common factors that made our candidates realise it was time to take the plunge, to help you address any concerns you may have of your own.
Do any resonate with you?
1. You are worried your company is struggling to keep afloat in the market
If you have genuine concerns that your company is struggling or at risk of going under, it’s better to go sooner rather than later where you may be forced out and job search in a panic before the bills pile up. Watch out for factors like company takeovers, senior management departures, restructures and a withdrawal of company information from managers. Above all, listen to your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
2. You dread going to work
No, not just because the weekend party is over! Watch out for dread that suggests you need to take action including an increase in your drinking habits to relax or block it out, losing enthusiasm for what you enjoy in your personal life, constant irritability, and ongoing fatigue. Chronic fatigue can be a symptom of your mind trying to avoid something or worse, a sign that you are slipping into a depression.
3. There’s no chance of a promotion
Hiring freezes, managers that aren’t going anywhere to create vacancies and too many ‘company favourites’ who are 'in' with the boss usually means there isn’t a realistic chance of a promotion for you anytime soon. Two to three years at a company is enough to try a shot elsewhere and companies welcome fresh blood.
4. Your manager isn’t giving you the opportunity to develop
Is your manager working projects into your work pipeline that will give you the opportunity to develop? If not, how can you grow? Is your manager giving you the opportunity to work on bigger projects that set you in good stead for promotion? If your skills aren’t being pushed…. your chances of climbing that ladder are going to decrease significantly. There are better managers out there who are more than willing to push you and give you a chance. Get out there and go find them!
5. Your friends and family are telling you to leave
They know you better than anyone else. They can tell when something isn’t right for you by your demeanor. Ask them for their thoughts on how you are coming across or if they have noticed any negative change in your behaviour. If they are all coming back with the similar feedback, strongly consider your career options.
When did you know it was time to leave your last job and what gave you the courage to do so?
Olivia Anton, DACH Specialist at Projectus Consulting.
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