Knowing when it’s finally time to leave a company can be confusing to decipher. How can you truly know it is the end and there is no turning back? You ask yourself…Is it your outlook that has shifted? Can you make some adjustments to make it all better? We speak to people all day long about their interest in making a job transition. A few themes resurface time and time again. So we’re sharing the top four signs to make a job change now.
You feel negative emotions about work including boredom, exhaustion and frustration.
Do you wake up in the morning with a pit in your stomach at the thought of spending your day at work? If a sense of dread permeates you because you are so disengaged with your current work environment, this is a loud signal prompting you to move on. Several factors can cause such a reaction, including an abusive boss or coworkers, apathy from years of executing the same tasks and a lack of sense of purpose. Are you dragging yourself through projects you were once inspired by and feel yourself fading during meetings? A more subtle feeling of fatigue throughout the day is also a sign your position is no longer the right fit for you. When discussing living without passion, people will often say Life is too short. Very true. At the same time, life can also be very long to waste months or even years feeling bad about a correctable situation, such as a job transition.
You’ve accomplished all your goals.
Flashback to when you accepted the position and all the ambition you felt about what you wanted to achieve in your new role. Fast forward a few years and you have attained everything you initially wanted. Perhaps you were striving for a particular title or a certain level of compensation or even gaining specialized experience leading a project…you’ve checked all the boxes. You have accomplished everything you set out to do and now you are ready for the next challenge. Before resigning, we encourage you to have a conversation with your manager or HR about new options internally. There may be a solution on the horizon you are unaware of. If you’ve already exhausted all your opportunities at your current company, it’s time to look ahead and make a change.
You are no longer growing your skill set.
Humans need progress to feel a sense of purpose. You may be stellar in your role and compensated handsomely for it. You can be well-liked and respected amongst your peers and superiors. All of this may be true and yet you still feel stagnant because you are no longer evolving as an employee. You’ve taken all the training offered and maximize your potential with the scope of the position. Once again, we recommend having conversations internally about securing a new role. Even if it is a position on the same level, however you’re acquiring new experience, it may be worth exploring to round out your skill set. However, if you’ve initiated the conversation and your needs have not been met, it is time to update your resume and make a move.
You are working in a toxic environment.
Reactions and performance while working in a toxic environment can vary dramatically amongst employees. Additionally, how we define toxic in 2022 can have multiple interpretations. Your ethics could be compromised because of unscrupulous business practices. The team you work with could be dishonest or divisive. Your superiors can be demeaning and affect your self-confidence. Once you feel your workplace is unhealthy, don’t hesitate, make a swift exit. The longer anyone works in an adverse situation, the more damaging the long-term effects can be on your career and your health.
So you’ve decided to leave your position. Now what? With the conclusion of any chapter of your life, there can be feelings of loss. A job transition is no different…it can be quite emotional and overwhelming. Reach out to Averity and you will not be alone. We’re in your corner! Our team is here to partner with you as you take the next step in your career. We’ll review your resume, your preferences for your next role, interview prep and salary negotiation. If you’re considering a job change and want to talk before taking the leap, contact us…we’re here to help.