Hate your job? Ready for a career change?
Now is the perfect time!
It’s the beginning of the year, the holiday decorations are coming down and the twinkling lights are dim in the distance. The beginning of the year naturally brings a perception of clean slates and fresh starts.
Why is it that we associate the new year with new possibilities and positive change?
Perception or not, we enjoy the new-found motivation to make changes in our careers and lives.
The working world participates too. Now that the holidays are past us, companies are emerging from the dark and listing their job openings which makes the beginning of the year an excellent time to start the job hunt.
If you are unsure you need or even want a new job, continue reading. We have compiled 9 signs for you to self-reflect and determine whether a job change is the right path for you.
Career Change Sign #1
There is no room for professional growth. If your current position is stagnant and you have reached the highest level with nowhere to go, it is time for a new job.
Your personal life is suffering. If you find yourself working more than not and your personal life is negatively affected, it is time for a new job. You need a healthy work-life balance for your relationships and sanity as well.
Sign #3 That it is Time for a New Job
You are bored. It is time for a new job if your current job is not challenging you anymore. Being engaged and excited about your work is important for your mental and career health.
Career Change Sign #4
You are underpaid and overwhelmed. If you feel your worth is not valued, it is time to have a conversation with your employer.
You are overworked and it is causing health problems. Chronic stress can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you feel chest pain, fatigue, or have trouble sleeping it may be due to being overstressed. You are in need of a job change!
Time for a New Job | Sign #6
You dread going to work. This may seem like an obvious one but if hate your job and do not have any motivation to go in everyday, it is time for a new one.
Career Change Sign #7
Your employer is driving you nuts and is not going anywhere. Of course, we don’t suggest jumping ship on the first offense but depending on how much interaction you have with the person and how crazy they drive you, it is a reasonable argument.
You aren’t fitting in with your work family. Whether this is culturally, morally or just a gut feeling, if the feeling won’t go away, it’s time for a new job.
Sign #9 That it is Time for a New Job
You are obsessively searching for job opportunities. A sure sign you are ready for a new job is when you already have your eyes set on greener pastures and are checking the job boards everyday desperate for an opening to apply to.
Have you found yourself in one or more of these situations? Do not fret. You aren’t the first and certainly not the last. We are born to grow in our lives, personally and professionally. An engaging and challenging work environment is the key for growth.
When you are ready to hit the job search, make sure your resume and cover letter are up to par as you will be submitting those with every online application. Don’t forget about your LinkedIn account either. The professional network holds more weight than you think. Check out these quick LinkedIn tips that will improve your chances.
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