Has your current job made you feel stuck or bored out of your mind? Do you dread going to work every day? These could be signs it’s time to find something new. If you’re unsure whether you should stick it out or move on to a new opportunity, there’s a lot you should consider first.
Below, we’ll go over a few reasons why professionals all across the United States are seeking a change in career, as well as some signs it’s time to brush up your resume and take the next step.
Making a Change for the Better
The tumultuous events over the past few years have sparked a dramatic increase in voluntary resignations. So many in fact, the trend has been coined the “Great Resignation” or “Big Quit.” The tens of millions of individuals who have resigned since 2021 cited several reasons for doing so. Topping the list were attaining a better work-life balance, obtaining higher pay and finding a more meaningful or fulfilling career.
However, nervousness regarding the state of the economy and potential layoffs are also weighing into the decision. As a result, many job seekers are simply focused on getting into a more secure position with a steady income to help them navigate these uncertain times.
Whatever the case may be for you, there are numerous factors to mull over before making the choice to leave. Considerations for when it’s time to find a new job may include:
A Furlough or Layoff Is Imminent
One sign your situation may be unsustainable is its vulnerability. Economic instability has organizations of all shapes and sizes preparing for the worst. If positions similar to yours are already being made redundant or coworkers at your level have been let go, it may be indicating the company is unstable. Other signs may be a significant decrease in your workload, loss of clients or business as a whole distinctly slowing down.
It’s Affecting Your Health
Being persistently unhappy at work, experiencing burnout or dealing with a toxic workplace can take a toll on a person’s health. If you have difficulty falling asleep or wake in the night worried about work, these could be signs it’s impacting your mental wellbeing. Other physical indications the job is detrimental to your health may be getting sick frequently or recurrent headaches.
A lack of opportunity for growth in your current position could end up stalling your career for years. If you’ve exhausted every chance to advance or enhance your skillset, a new position with additional responsibilities and room to grow may be in order. The same holds true if you’ve been told there will be no increases in pay. While it may be daunting to leave a comfortable position — especially in this market — staying in one you’ve outgrown could impact your ultimate potential down the road.
Weighing Your Options Carefully
Although it varies by industry, the job market could be unfavorable at the moment. Before jumping ship, examine the pros and cons of leaving, be sure your expectations are realistic and explore all your remaining options. That way, you can be confident in your decision.
For more information and additional signs it’s time for a new job, check out the accompanying resource courtesy of Good Will Car Donations. Improve your office skills by taking a course on officeskills.org.
Author bio: Goodwill Car Donations is a national organization that accepts vehicle donations. It is committed to providing disadvantaged individuals with job training, employment services and critical community-building support.
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