Is it time for a new job?
Everyone has those days – the ones where you leave the office dreading the thought of going back the next day. For most of us, this feeling is rare, but if you find yourself ending each workday wondering how you’ll make it through another, it might be time for a job change. However, before you make any decisions, it’s important to take a step back and honestly assess your current situation and whether or not a new job is the best option.
Before you break it off – take a break.
Finding the right job can be a lengthy process, so you should be sure it’s what you really want. Removing yourself from the frustrations of your day-to-day life long enough to determine if the things that make you unhappy at your current job can be fixed – or if it’s time to move on – is crucial. If you have any vacation time available – or even a long weekend on the not-so-distant horizon – make plans to relax and have some fun. Then, rather than thinking about work during your time off, do your best to focus on having a good time and enjoying yourself. If you still feel unhappy when you return to work, that may be a sign that you’re ready for a change of pace.
Put it on paper.
We’ve all heard the suggestion of making a list of pros and cons when faced with a big decision. If the idea seems cliché, it’s because it works. So write down the things you like and dislike about your job. When you return home from work each day – or even when you get to your car or board the train for your commute home – take a moment to jot down the good and the bad from that day. Doing this for a week or two is likely to produce a more accurate list, as it will enable you to focus on the positive as well as the negative aspects of your job and see the big picture.
Once you’ve completed your first list, use it to help compile a second list that encompasses everything you would want in a job if you were to enter the job market. Now review the items on both lists to determine if there are things that can be resolved in your current job. Perhaps you’re looking for a better work/life balance or more challenging work? These are things your manager might be able to address.
Take time to talk.
If you think a discussion with your manager might help, arrange a meeting with her. Bring along your list of what you’re looking for in a new job and discuss whether or not these things might be possible at your current company. There’s no need to let your manager know you’re considering leaving – in fact, it might be in your best interest not to share that information just yet. Still, a frank conversation regarding the things that trouble you about your current position – and what you think might help alleviate that frustration and rejuvenate your enthusiasm for your job – could be productive. Most employers realize that it’s generally in their best interest to retain workers. Remember, if you leave you’ll be taking valuable knowledge and experience with you, so it makes sense that your manager will prefer to keep you on board if at all possible.
If your manager’s reaction to the discussion is positive, give yourself a reasonable timeframe for things to improve and plan to reassess the situation at that point. You might find that now isn’t the time to leave your job – and in fact a job change isn’t necessary at all.
Your instincts that it’s time to move on may be correct, so if you’ve given it enough thought and discussed the issues with your manager – and nothing has changed – perhaps it’s time to see what else is out there. Fortunately, by taking time to accurately assess the situation, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re looking for in a new position – and company – should you decide to look for something new. Remember, it’s always better to leave a job on your own terms rather than someone else’s, so be sure to remain positive at the office even if you’re conducting a job search on your own time. The best way to leave a job is with another already lined up – and without burning any bridges on your way out the door.
7 signs it’s time for a new job
- You dread Monday. (And Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.)
- You dislike your coworkers. Or your boss.
- Your company (or department) is in financial trouble.
- Your ethics differ greatly from the company’s.
- You aren’t being challenged and there’s no room for growth.
- You’re pretty sure they’re going to fire you.
- Forget missing your kids’ soccer games – you can’t remember what your children look like.
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