Once quarantine and lock down is all over, we’ll all have to go back to work. And though we’re all pining for the freedom of going out in public again, if the thought of returning to your office makes you feel queasy, it might be time for you to look for a new job altogether. It’s normal to get bored or frustrated with your job. But how do you know when you’ve crossed the line and need to leave? Leaving your job and catapulting your resume into the unknown can be a scary move, especially with unemployment as high as it is, so you don’t want to do it on a whim. Here are seven signs that you’re ready to leave your current job.
If you haven’t had any advancement or promotion in the past three years and there’s not one on the horizon, it might be time to leave. Large organizations promote people rather routinely, so if you haven’t been advanced yet, don’t hold your breath. This job is holding you back.
You’re lacking feedback
Feedback from a manager is important—you want to know whether you’re doing a good job. Good managers are engaged enough with their employees that they’re regularly offering advice and direction, so if yours ignores you, consider finding a boss who pays attention.
You need growth, development, and new challenges, so you career doesn’t flat line and you don’t lose interest. You should at least be picking up new skills here and there and improving the ones you already have. If you feel like you need new challenges, be proactive. Ask to help with other projects or for more responsibilities. Sign up for online courses or ask if you can attend seminars or workshops. It might be a good way to signal to your boss that you’re ready for more. But if your company doesn’t seem to value those professional development opportunities, it might be time to move along.
Others are fleeing
If a lot of people around you are leaving, that’s a red flag, especially if they’re disgruntled and they’re otherwise good at their jobs. Take note of where they’re going and why and start to explore those options as well. Avoid sinking with the ship!
Your company is “restructuring”
If your company keeps changing people and titles around, it might be a sign that leadership is weak or that they’re unsure of goals and direction. It’s either a great opportunity for you to stand out as a leader or it’s a sign that things are very wrong in your organization.
You’re wanted elsewhere
If you’re being contacted by recruiters, it might be a sign that something about your situation is really appealing to other companies. Hear those recruiters out—could a change mean a boost in salary, better benefits, or a more prestigious role? It’s worth exploring.
It just feels like time
Trust your gut. Sometimes you know what to do without this helpful checklist. It never hurts to investigate other options and keep channels open within your network. A career move might certainly be worth it for the right opportunity. For more advice on finding a job that’s best suited for you and your talents, check out our website at https://www.chiefofstaffkc.com.
Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh