How to Know It’s Time to Change Jobs

According to research by Northeastern University, by the age of 50, the average person has held 12 different jobs, in an effort to find the right fit. In 2916 alone, 6.2 million workers changed roles and switched to completely different fields.

It’s perfectly normal to go through periods where you’re dissatisfied or unhappy with your work. It happens to everyone. But if this feeling doesn’t go away over a period of several months or more – or you begin to dread getting up every morning and going into work – it’s probably time to consider a change. Or, you may feel as though you’ve “checked out” and are just going through the motions, unable to muster the energy to even fake enthusiasm about work anymore. Not a good place to be in life or your career!

Here are some additional warning signs to watch for:

You’re stuck in the status quo.

How long have you been in your current job?  Here’s a hint: If you know the answer, right down to the number of months, weeks, or even days, then it’s probably time you looked elsewhere. Because if you are truly passionate, who’s counting?

  • For some people, the status quo of a job is fine – because it’s actually much more than that. Their passion is triggered, and they feel they are growing and developing on a regular basis. But if the opposite is true and things are starting to feel stagnant, consider that a red flag to move on.

You’re not getting feedback on your work.

If your manager isn’t providing regular feedback on your performance, it’s difficult to know what it takes to move up within your company or grow as a professional. The best managers are engaged with your career development and regularly offer advice and guidance. If you aren’t getting this support, you owe it to yourself to find it.

You’re not learning.

If you feel your learning curve on the job as flattened or you’re no longer feeling challenged, this also may be a sign that your employer isn’t investing in your growth.

  • If this sounds painfully familiar, ask to be involved in a new project or team. And if these options don’t exist, think about making a more significant change.

There’s constant turnover at your company.

Are you seeing a pattern of unhappy coworkers, to the point where they are leaving your company in increasingly large numbers? If you don’t know why you ask them. Do their reasons apply to you as well?

If you feel you’ve reached the point of no return at your job, the career development experts at PrideStaff Fresno can help – whether your goal is to advance at your current company or find a new professional home. We can help you design and execute your strategy, polish your personal brand, and land in a role that meets your needs and incites your passion. Contact us today to learn more.