Time for a Change? 7 Signs It’s Time to Start Your Job Search

Let’s face it: jobs aren’t always sunshine and rainbows. But how do you know when a bad day becomes a sign that it’s time to start your job search and move on?

We all have those days when the snooze button becomes our best friend, and the thought of work is dreadful.

Leaving a job is a big decision. There’s security, routine, and (hopefully) a paycheck to consider. But staying in a role that’s a chronic drain on your happiness and well-being isn’t healthy either.

Here’s the thing – there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. However, some definite red flags can signal that quitting might be the right decision.

Signs to Start Looking:

  1. Burnout: Does the impending workweek affect your weekend relaxation? Are you constantly exhausted, lacking motivation, and counting down the minutes to clock out? Exhaustion, cynicism, and a sense of ineffectiveness are classic signs of burnout. If your job zaps your energy and enthusiasm for life, it’s time for a change.
  2. Stagnation: Are you stuck in a dead-end job with no opportunities for growth? Feeling stagnant and under-stimulated can be incredibly demotivating. If you’ve advocated for advancement and been shut down, it might be time to seek a position that fosters your professional development.
  3. Toxicity: Is your workplace rife with gossip, negativity, or bullying? A toxic work environment can be detrimental to your mental and physical health. You can just cut your losses and find a place where respect and collaboration are rewarded.
  4. Undervalued: Do you feel undervalued or underpaid? If your compensation and benefits don’t reflect your contributions, it’s a sign that your talents might be appreciated more elsewhere.
  5. Underdeveloped: Are you missing out on professional development opportunities? Are your work and social peers getting more opportunities to learn and grow than you? Your talents deserve a chance to flourish, and you should participate in regular learning and mentorship opportunities.
  6. Culture Shift: Do your values clash with your company’s culture? Do you feel like you’re constantly compromising your integrity? Working in an environment that goes against your core principles can create a constant internal struggle.
  7. Dream Job: Did your dream opportunity land in your inbox? While leaving a stable job can be nerve-wracking, it might be the push you need.

Before You Leave:

While these signs can be strong indicators, leaving a job is a big decision. Could you ensure you’ve explored all your options within your current company? Can you transfer to a different department? Is there room for negotiation on salary or benefits?

  • Tough Conversations: Sometimes, an honest conversation can lead to positive changes. Even if they’re uncomfortable, voicing your concerns may open the door to solutions that have yet to be considered.
  • Financial Security: Leaving a job without a new one lined up requires careful financial planning. You’ll need to consider how to bridge the gap between paychecks, ensure you have a well-funded emergency fund, and have a solid budget while cutting back on discretionary spending.
  • Career Goals: Does this new opportunity align with your long-term aspirations?
  • Job Market: Research the current job market in your field. Is it a good time to start searching? You’ll have to weigh this with the cost of staying at your current job.

Next Steps:

If you decide to move on, update your resume and network like crazy. Starting a new job search can be daunting, but it can also be exciting.

Remember, your job is a big part of your life. It shouldn’t be a source of constant misery. If you’re nodding to these signs, it might be time to prioritize your well-being and find a position that allows you to thrive.

Ultimately, the decision to quit is yours. By recognizing the signs and carefully considering your options, you can make a choice that empowers you to pursue a more fulfilling and joyful work life.

You deserve a work environment that fosters growth, motivates you, and aligns with your values.

I recommend getting a transition coach to walk you through the job search process.

Send me a message, and I will help you find a coach in your field.