One thing you never hear people say is, “I wish I had waited longer to leave my job.” People often stay too long at a job that isn’t a good fit, usually because it’s hard to turn down a paycheck and the alternative is unemployment. There are several signs that it’s time to seek new employment. If any of these happen to you, start your job search so that you don’t work to long for an employer
The Company Doesn’t Care About You as Much as You Care About Them
If you put in long hours for your job and don’t get the recognition you deserve, you should consider looking for a new position. Even if you really enjoy what you do and check in from home to make sure your work is being taken care of properly, there needs to be an equal caring done by the company about you. Whether it’s in salary or simply a “good job” from your boss, it’s important to know that there is a level of appreciation from your company for the hard work you are doing. If you’re not getting the feedback you deserve, it’s time to find a company that appreciates all that you do.
You Are Not Receiving Regular Feedback
If you don’t get feedback from your supervisor, consider the reason the company has you there. Is it so that you can work for them short-term, or are they grooming you to take on more responsibility in the future? If you are there to do a job rather than for a career, you should look for something sustainable where you can really grow and be appreciated the way you deserve.
You’re Not Learning Anymore
If every day is the same as the last one and you’re no longer learning or growing professionally, it’s likely time to look for a new position. You’re bored at work and while it’s very easy to be complacent and accept your paycheck every two weeks for doing a job that’s pretty easy, the repetition is going to make the days go by more slowly. It’s really important to keep learning and acquiring new skills to help you further your career.
There’s No Opportunity For Growth
If you’re at the top of the food chain and there’s nowhere for you to go, it’s time to find a position where you can grow. This often happens at small companies where employees find themselves at the top of small departments and realize that there are few, if any positions left between them and the CEO. If this is the case, it’s going to be hard to take on new responsibilities and move up the ladder.
You Dislike Your Coworkers or Boss
If coming into work every day puts you in a bad mood and your interactions with your boss or coworkers is a struggle, you should probably be on the lookout for the next opportunity. Company culture and fit is an important part of your career and if you can find a company that you enjoy working for, it may even be worth taking a pay cut to go there. Lowering your stressors is very important to living a happy life!
Your Coworkers Are Leaving
If your company is experiencing high turnover (or worse, people are leaving and not being replaced), it might be time to start looking for a new job. Employees who aren’t being retained are likely able to command a higher salary elsewhere, and it might be a sign that the company is not doing well financially.
There are lots of factors that determine whether your company is a fit for you and if you should stick it out for the long-term. But if you are experiencing one or more of these at your job, take a step back and evaluate your situation and ask yourself: should I stay or should I go?