If you’re stuck in an everyday working routine knowing when the right time is to find a new job can be difficult.
Some of the most common signs that you need a new job are;
- feeling undervalued
- stuck in a routine
- constantly thinking about work
If you're experiencing several of these challenges when it comes to work, it's time to start thinking about your next career move.
1. Feeling undervalued.
Putting in long hours at work and pushing yourself to the best of your ability for your hard work to go unnoticed can be demotivating.
Being made to feel underappreciated impacts your daily motivation at the workplace. This can lead to anger, frustration and resentment - none of which are healthy.
If you’re feeling undervalued, it might be time to go somewhere you'll be respected and appreciated for your work.
2. You're bored.
Feeling a little bored within a job can be normal - after all, every role comes with its share of tedium.
However, if you’re experiencing long-term boredom this could be a problem and if you've found your job boring for 6-12 months, try having a conversation with your manager about how your feeling.
Ask for more responsibility, new challenges and ongoing training opportunities. If you don’t see changes after your chat consider whether you'll be happy at your company in the long term, or whether it's time to think about moving on.
3. Stuck in a routine.
You should always be developing and learning no matter where you are in your career. Think back to the past 12 months, can you recall new learnings and skills you’ve gained?
If not, you may be stagnating. If you are not being given new projects or responsibilities it may be better to find an employer who is committed to your continual growth.
4. Feeling anxious.
Struggling to sleep at night or spending your Sundays dreading the thought of work? Don’t miss the physical signs, take the time to listen to your body.
Anxiety about work could manifest itself as lack of energy, lack of appetite, restlessness, poor sleep and general irritability.
If workplace stress is impacting you after hours, on the weekends and even while you sleep (or don't sleep), consider whether it's healthy to stay where you are.
5. Constantly talking about work?
You have just finished work for the day, yet you find yourself wanting to vent and talk about the day constantly.
Talking about a bad day here or there with your family and friends is normal — but when you come home day after day unable to focus on anything but work-related stress, that can be a sign.
Take a look at how you talk about your job, perhaps ask your family and loved ones what themes come up when you talk about work. If they're mostly negative this could be a sign to find a new job.
These five warning signs can help you with your decision on whether it’s time to find a new job or not.
It is important you take the time to reflect and start thinking about what you want your life to look like — what kind of job you want, what kind of environment you want to work in and what kind of relationship you want with your career.
As well as these, Randstad company Monster suggests looking for a new job if:
- you’re passed over for a promotion - have you gone as far as you can in your current role?
- you don’t get on with your boss - a breakdown in relationship can precipitate your exit
- your company is acquired - change such as this can lead to employees hedging their bets by looking elsewhere.
According to Randstad’s Q1 Workmonitor report, the number of UK employees considering leaving their current role is on the increase. If you’re looking for a new opportunity take a look at our latest jobs.