You had a great weekend, the weather was perfect and you’re eating a nice dinner watching your favorite show on a Sunday night. Suddenly, reality sets in and you realize that tomorrow is Monday- the worst day of the week and the beginning of a long, stress-filled week. You’ve been thinking seriously about making a career move, yet the fear of the unknown hangs in the back of your mind and prevents you from actively pursuing a new opportunity.
Here are some signs that it may be time to make the switch and look into new opportunities.
- Your skills aren’t being utilized to their full potential. This can be detrimental to one’s career. When your skills aren’t being utilized you lose that aspect of skillset. Think of a skill as a muscle. The less you use it, the weaker it gets.
- You dread going into work every morning. Attitude plays a huge role in success. Negative feelings towards your job can even harm morale for the entire workplace- let’s face it, nobody wants to be around someone that is complaining all the time!
- Your work-life balance sucks. Managing a workload, family, friends and social outings can be tough! However, making sure you’re making time for your family and time for yourself is vital to your overall health. The key is BALANCE.
- You don’t fit in with the culture of the company. A culture fit can make or break anyone in a position. If your job fits your personality, you’ll naturally be happier and more productive. Employers like to screen candidates’ soft skills to ensure they’re making a right decision based on values and their capabilities rather than their skills and experience.
Once you evaluate if it’s necessary to find another job then you’ll want to also consider what exactly you’ll be looking for from your next employer. Create a list of important characteristics that will satisfy your future goals and aspirations. Be patient – job searching can be time-consuming and you want to ensure that the potential employer and job is a great fit.