It’s no secret; the workplace environment looks entirely different for most people these days; however, the reasons workers think about searching for new opportunities are the same as they were pre-pandemic. Looking for a new job in our current economic climate might sound scary, but there are plenty of exciting roles available – you just have to take the plunge and decide that it’s time for a career change. Here are the top three signs that it’s time to look for a new job.
You feel underappreciated
There’s truly nothing worse than feeling undervalued or unseen within the workplace. If your colleagues don’t see your value and efforts, it can create self-doubt in your mind and fail to provide you with a sense of belonging. One thing you can do to remedy this is to praise others on your team or within the organization to shift the culture. Also, take a few moments each week to reflect on your accomplishments and work wins. When there is a lack of praise from your colleagues or boss, self-praise can help you fill that disparity and make you feel good about your accomplishments.
If you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone. As much as 82% of employees within the workforce would prefer praise to a gift. If you are still yearning for more appreciation, it may be time to check out other opportunities. After all, employee recognition boosts employee satisfaction, motivation, and productivity.
You no longer feel challenged
There’s a big issue if you’re feeling bored at work. This can lead to your skills being underutilized (or not used at all) and damper your workplace motivation. Or, maybe there is not a more significant end-goal in sight, such as growth or upward mobility. Not having a healthy challenge in the workplace can make you feel stuck in your career. To mitigate this, try taking on new projects or new tasks that will take you out of your comfort zone. If this doesn’t feel possible, or there isn’t an opportunity to sharpen those underutilized skills, it may be time to look for a new job.
You dread going to work
There are so many reasons why you might dread going to work every day. No matter what you do for a living, you will always have rough days here and there. But repetitive stress, anxiety, and apprehension about the workweek are signs it may be time to jump ship. Try to identify what you dread about your job so you can understand where it’s coming from. Once you recognize what it is about your job that isn’t favorable, ask yourself if there’s a way to change it. Don’t dwell on things you can’t change. Maybe it’s colleagues, your boss, a toxic work environment, or the fact that it’s just a stressful industry. If the reasons you dread work are things you cannot adapt to or change, it’s best to start looking for a new opportunity.
We can help you look for a new job
So, now that you’re ready to look for a new opportunity, what’s next? Consider talking to a recruiter about reasons you’re looking for a new job or what qualities you’re looking for in your next position. In my experience, I get to know my clients, the culture, and their teams to really vet out candidates for a skill-set fit and culture fit. A recruiter can tell you if you’re going to be a good fit for the organization based on the information you give them and pair you with a client of theirs that matches your career aspirations and goals. If you are ready to look for a new job, reach out to me today, and let’s work together to take your career to the next level.