Have you been thinking it’s time to move jobs? Today we chat the warning signs and five factors that might signal it’s time to start the hunt…
Recently I have been settling within a new, exciting role. It’s funny because I’m the type of person who wants to stay in a role for a long time, but a great opportunity came along and it felt like the right move for me.
Sometimes you’re approached with an opportunity – sometimes you just don’t know if the grass is greener elsewhere. This handy lowdown on five of the most common warning signs for wanting to move on will hopefully help you in your decision making.
You feel the dread
From the team you work with, to the clients on your roster, to the work that lands on your desk, there are no words to describe the dread. That overwhelming, looming fear that sits in the back of your mind and makes you really want to hide under the covers when your alarm goes off in the morning.
If you’re dreading pretty fundamental aspects of your job on a regular basis, it might be a sign that you might be happier elsewhere. Life is too short to spend so many hours doing something that makes your stomach feel tied in knots.
You’re no longer feeling inspired
Sometimes we’re sold an ideal role and farther down the line we realise that the role wasn’t what we expected – in a negative way. Alternatively, you might be at a point where you can do your job with your eyes closed and asking for more variety in your workload is being met with a firm no.
Every job has an element of admin and mundane BAU, but if you’re genuinely feeling bored out of your mind with the majority of your role and know you’re capable of much more – it might be worth seeing what else is out there.
You feel resentment
Maybe you’ve got a boss that makes you feel constantly underappreciated, or maybe you’re just really frustrated that your team are under pressure to perform and that your concerns about resource aren’t being listened to.
Perhaps you worked super hard for a promotion and were told it was a sure thing, only to be told that the budget just wasn’t quite there after months of hard graft so you’re left doing a role that is much more senior, without the package to reflect this.
Resentment is often fleeting, and it’s mature to try and work through it when you can. However, sometimes there’s consistent decisions or situations that happen that can really rub you up the wrong way and leave you feeling angry and frustrated.
Your workplace should be somewhere you can thrive, not seethe. If you’re feeling like this, it might be worth trying to find a new environment where you’ll be able to be your best self.
You’re taking it home with you
I feel this one to my core, as in my line of work, I’ve had so many situations where I’ve been working late during the week or sifting through piles of work at the weekend just to get by. Conversations with bosses about resource have been met with excuses about budgets, and low and behold you’re the one putting in the extra hours to try and get by.
As a short term situation, there are often roles that will require a bit of give and take. However, if you’re constantly taking your work home with you despite being as efficient as possible, or you’re missing out on your life outside of work, it might be worth questioning whether this is really what you want. There’s a fine line between grafting because you’re passionate, and employers taking advantage of your unfaltering work ethic.
Your situation isn’t showing signs of improving
With supportive organisations and good management, the majority of situations can be turned around with an honest conversation or two. Good employers want to reduce churn and really look after their staff, but unfortunately, not all organisations are set up to support you properly.
If you feel that you’ve done everything you’ve can and you know your situation isn’t going to improve or improve at the pace you need, you have every right to put yourself first and see what else is out there.
Ultimately, the opportunity is in your hands!
The great thing about job hunting is you can always see what’s out there and establish your current position without your current employer ever knowing.
Here at La Doyenne, we’re strong believers that as individuals we channel so much of ourselves into our working lives so it’s so important that we put our happiness, personal development and financial independence at the forefront of our decision making.
What has prompted your job moves in the past?