While we would all love an excuse to quit our job at times, there are a few people out there who really do need to make a major career change. If you can relate to these 8 signs you need a new job, you may want to consider making some changes to your career path.
1. Misery is Your New Middle Name
Your job should not be sucking the life right out of you. If you are miserable both at work and outside of it, long hours have got you exhausted, and all you do is yell at your family, it’s time to consider other options. While jobs are often demanding, you should be able to leave your work stress at the office and enjoy your personal life at the end of the day. You know it’s time to go if your job has left no room for personal happiness.
2. You Have Morning Dread
If your feelings about showing up to work in the morning are equivalent to showing up for a root canal, that’s a pretty good indicator that a change may be needed. While waking up early and going to work are not particularly exciting, it should not make you want to burst into tears. Very few people can actually say that they honestly love their job, but if you would rather be serving jury duty than showing up to work, do yourself a huge favor and find something you don’t hate so much.
3. What You Get is Far Less than What You Give
When you are going above and beyond the call of duty receiving absolutely nothing in return, your efforts would be put to better use somewhere else. While you shouldn’t expect to be rewarded or publicly recognized for everything you do, a simple “thank-you” is certainly not too much to ask. If you feel underappreciated and your hard work and long hours are not getting you any closer to where you want to be, do yourself a favor; quit killing yourself for a boss that doesn’t care and find something better.
4. You’re at a Dead End
You’ve reached the top of the ladder at your current job and the view is not as great as you would have hoped. There is nowhere else to go and no room for growth and expansion of your skills and abilities; it’s time to go. If you have gone as far as you can go within your company and still feel that you could go so much further, you may want to start looking at other options. If another company can offer room for growth and better opportunities for you as a professional, there is no reason to keep yourself limited.
5. Your Job Has Been a Series of Broken Promises
You were promised when hired that you would have benefits in 90 days, a raise in 6 months and a promotion within a year. After years of waiting around and seeing none of those things actually happen, you know it’s time to make a change. Employers who cannot keep their word will never be able to offer you what you deserve. A wise boss will not make promises he cannot keep and will not expect you to be alright with the fact that your promotion was handed to somebody else. How long are you going to keep waiting for empty promises to be fulfilled? Clear out now—and do not turn back when your boss comes after you with even more elaborate promises.
6. You Are Consumed with in-Office Drama
He said, she said, he’s sleeping with her, she’s sleeping with them; if this is what revolves around your office on a daily basis, it’s time to go. It’s amazing how high school drama finds its way into the professional world, but somehow it manages to. If your company is full of petty gossip, affairs, and personal problems, you would be better off going somewhere else before you get sucked into the drama along with everybody else.
7. You Just Know It’s the Wrong Job for You
It began as a starter job to keep you busy while you found something better. Then you quit looking for something better and 5 years later the starter job is still barely paying the bills and you are no closer to establishing a career. While the fast food and supermarket industries may be a great job while you are in high school or college, do you really want to show up at your kids’ Career Day and announce that you can say “Would you like fries with that?” in 5 languages? If you know that where you are is not where you want to be, then do something about it! There is no time like the present to make changes that will lead to a happier, more successful you.
8. You Worry about Being Laid off
Nobody wants or deserves to worry every single day that their next paycheck could be their last. If your current company is unstable and you can see that things are heading downward, it’s probably a good idea to get out of dodge.
Use these 8 signs you need a new job to steer you towards a bright new beginning. It’s time to stop settling for a job you hate. You can pursue your dreams and do something fulfilling that you are passionate about. Just remember to try to find a new job before you quit the old one! This will keep you from getting stressed out and desperate, which ultimately leads to another dead end position. Have you ever made a big career change? How did you know it was time to make the move?