As Thanksgiving approaches this week, it seems like an appropriate time to take a moment to be thankful for all that we've been given this year, but that may not apply to your current job situation. If this is a familiar feeling, here are some tips that will confirm that it's time to start the job search today:
1) Your work environment feels more like a high school than a business.
Are your coworkers acting like they just came out of a soap opera? Is there so much drama in the office that you can't keep up? If so, you're working in a toxic environment. There are always going to be people who thrive on the drama around the water cooler, but once it starts affecting your ability to do work, it's not appropriate for anyone. You deserve to work in an environment that grows you professionally and doesn't revert you back to your days in high school.
2) You don't enjoy what you do, even if you do it well.
There's a difference between having a talent and having a passion. You may be amazing at assessing numbers, but that doesn't mean you have to live your life as an accountant if you think math is boring. You could have other talents and skills that you enjoy more but may need to work on. Don't let doing something you hate become your entire life. It will drain you faster than you think.
3) You want bigger and better things, and you see them in store for you.
If you have that nagging feeling that you are destined for greatness, or at the very least, you are made to do more, don't neglect that feeling. It's there for a reason. Some may see this thought as shameful or arrogant, but it's a perfectly reasonable feeling to have if you're job does not satisfy you. There may very well be a new direction waiting for you that will bring you more happiness, success, reward, and purpose.
4) You feel you have no impact on what matters to you or you have no purpose.
Some people need to feel like they are contributing to the world they wish to see. Their job function may not directly impact this change, but it has to be at least linked to it in some way. The extreme opposite would be working for a company that is doing something ethically or morally wrong. If that is the case, your job may be the wrong fit for you entirely. If you don't believe in your company's mission, products, or practices, you won't be able to grow or succeed. You may even lose your identity or purpose.
5) There is no way for you to grow or advance.
Three years is the magic number for seeing advancement in a company. If you haven't seen any promotion or upward movement in that time frame, it's time to look elsewhere. In addition, if your manager never gives you feedback, or gives you feedback that you can't act on, moving up in the organization may be impossible. You may even have a manager that hoards knowledge on purpose to keep you from advancing. It's also possible that the company itself isn't invested in developing your career. If that's the case, you need to get out now.
6) You never make friends with colleagues because they leave as fast as characters on Game of Thrones.
If you've ever watched Game of Thrones, you know you shouldn't get too attached to any one character because they will undoubtedly leave the show at some point, whether through death or other circumstance. At your current company, the revolving door of new hires and terminations may be spinning faster than you can keep up with and it may be a sign of how the company treats its employees. If all of your fellow employees seem unsatisfied or constantly searching for an exit, there may be a better place to work. Keep a lookout for this warning sign and ask those who have moved on for the reason they decided to leave. It may be something you want to consider.
7) You're getting so many calls from recruiters that you're wondering if you're being undervalued.
Your phone may be blowing up with recruiters who want nothing more than to steal you away from your current company. If that's the case, there may be a reason why. It could indicate that your industry is hiring or that your skills are hot on the market right now. Either way, you are looking for multiple opportunities to sell yourself and maybe even earn a high salary level. Make sure you form relationships with recruiters if you ever decide to make a move. It will give you great insight into the market and let you know what functions and roles are needed. Even if you are looking to make a career switch, it will give you the clarity you need to make your next step and what your options will be once you have acquired the needed skills.
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Ready to make that job switch? It won't be easy at first to leave what you know, but once you make the switch, you'll be a lot better off in your new company. If you need assistance in finding that right role, or just want to look around at what's out there, check out our list of available openings and apply online. We're always around to connect people with the right positions. It's about time you added your job to the list of what you're thankful for!