Is your job stressing you out? Are you constantly dreading Mondays and can’t wait for weekends? Do you feel like you don’t fit in at work?
As you may have guessed, these are obvious signs that it’s time to look for a new job, and perhaps even a new career. But sometimes, the reasons to leave a job may not be so obvious. If you’ve kept your position for more than a few years and get decent wages and benefits, but still feel like something’s missing, what should you do? Do you quit your job, or make adjustments so your work matches your long-term goals?
Below are three signs you’re ready to embark on a job search.
You Feel You’re Not Reaching Your True Potential
Do you feel like you have more skills to offer, but they’re not being brought out or developed? Before anything else, ask yourself if your organization has what it takes to develop your skill set, and if you have realistic expectations.
While the kneejerk reaction for many is to look for another job elsewhere, you might want to consider exploring opportunities within your current job. Sometimes, all it takes is a brief conversation with your manager, who may be able to provide access to trainings and breathe new life into an old career. And be sure to request for training, not certifications. Certifications are nice to have, but training is often more valuable to both short-term and long-term career success.
You Feel You Have Nothing More to Learn
Do you feel like you have nothing more to learn from your job? For many employees, the moment they stop learning is when they begin to think of working elsewhere or switching careers. Boredom is often what kills a person’s passion for work; if you’re convinced you have nothing more to learn from your current role, it might be time for change.
Take note, this doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job either. A promotion or taking on a challenging side project could be the solution. Again, a conversation with your manager might be all you need.
You’re Not Getting Paid Enough
Many employment agencies know that money isn’t the prime motivator for most employees. However, your bills aren’t going to pay themselves either. And besides, you deserve to be fairly compensated for the work you do. When you’re barely making enough to make ends meet, it can be hard to stay motivated and put in the extra effort at the office.
But before you assume the grass is greener on the other side, be sure you have an accurate understanding of the type of salary you can get elsewhere with your current skill set. Research what people with positions similar to yours are making, factoring in the cost of living in different states/cities. The difference may not all be that great, in which case you may be better off asking for a raise if you deserve it.
For more job search advice, consult the experts of Integrity Search and Consulting. With more than 50 years of combined experience helping job seekers and employers alike, Integrity Search and Consulting specializes in helping both parties find the perfect fit as far as staffing goes. Contact us today to know more!