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When Is the Right Time to Change Jobs? The 7 Signs That It's Time To Move On

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

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Are you loving what you do for work? If not, it might be time for a change.

I know during the times I've felt stuck, I've wanted to cling to the familiar - even when I know I've outgrown it. Change is hard. But I've learnt that sometimes, change is exactly what's needed to grow and find fulfilment. So how can you know it's the right time to make a change? Here are 7 things to consider to help you decide:

1. The quality of your work is suffering

If you're noticing your work quality slipping, it's time to shake things up! Are you noticing your work is taking longer than usual, or isn't challenging you anymore? It's a sign to go for something new. Poor quality of work could also be due to changes like a heavier project load, new systems, or different coworkers. I recommend starting with a conversation with your boss to see if there's a way to improve the situation. If not, it might be time to start job searching. Remember, if the quality of your work is down, your job satisfaction probably is too. Time to start exploring new opportunities!

2.You're not growing professionally

Do you feel like your job is holding you back from growing in your career? Don't worry, you have options! Start by asking yourself if there's still room for growth in your current role. If you love your company but want a bigger challenge, this could be the time to ask for a promotion or take on a side project to expand your skill set. But, if you're just not getting the opportunities you need, it's time to start looking for something new.

3. You feel under-valued or under-appreciated

Do you feel like you're getting the recognition you deserve at work? If you're feeling under-valued or under-appreciated, it's time to take a step back and assess the situation. To be at your best it's important to work for a company that values your contributions and makes you feel like a member of the team. Being part of a supportive and respectful environment will boost your confidence and inspires you to perform at your best. Think about it, when was the last time you felt like your hard work was recognised?

4. You feel overworked

Are you feeling constantly overwhelmed and stressed at work? While a little bit of stress can be a great motivator, too much can lead to burnout. The Yerkes-Dodson curve below illustrates this relationship between stress and performance well.

If your manager keeps giving you more and more work, and you feel like you can't keep up, start by having an honest conversation with them. Sometimes this situation occurs because your manager simply doesn't realise your workload or other demands on your time. Often the situation can be resolved with a little clarity! But, if you still feel like you're drowning even after the conversation, it might be time for a change.

5. You feel bored

Do you feel stuck in a rut? Moments of boredom are normal, but if you've been feeling this way consistently for a while (I'm talking 6 months or more), it's a sign. It's important to constantly feel challenged to keep learning and growing, so if you're not acquiring new skills and putting them to use, it could be a sign it's time to take the leap towards a role that excites you and helps you grow!

6. You're anxious and work is always on your mind

Are you feeling anxious about work, even when you're not there? While it's normal to feel a bit stressed occasionally, it's a problem when work becomes a constant presence in your thoughts. If you find yourself talking about work to the point that it's affecting your relationships, it's definitely a red flag.

Have you noticed anyone close to you commenting on your work stress lately? Your family and friends might have picked up on things that you haven't, and their concerns could hold some weight. It's important to listen to those who have your best interest at heart, as it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees when you're in the thick of things. Ask yourself, do you feel like your work stress is manageable, or is it affecting your quality of life?

7. You have an opportunity to advance elsewhere

Have you been offered a promotion at another company? It can be tempting to stay in your comfort zone, and while it's true the grass isn't always greener, sometimes a better opportunity is just too good to ignore. Think about it, a chance to advance your career can lead to new and exciting experiences, growth, and increased income. If you get an offer of a better job, and the time is right for you, it's worth considering. Who knows, it could be the start of a whole new chapter in your career!

If you're not feeling fulfilled, growing in your skill set, or meeting your financial goals, it could be time for a change in your career. Don't let the fear of the unknown hold you back! A little change can be an incredibly enriching experience. It can give you the opportunity to do something new and exciting, while broadening your skill set and increasing your earning potential.

It might just lead you to a happier, more fulfilling career!

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