Does your job leave you feeling unmotivated? It may be time for a new job...

Is your career moving in the direction that you’d hoped? Do you still feel challenged, or do you face Sunday nights and Monday mornings with trepidation, hoping the days pass quickly so you can make it to the weekend?

Before you hand in your resignation, use this checklist to determine if now’s the time to change jobs or if you should try to make things work at your current place of employment.

Signs that something needs to change:

  • You work with unsupportive management and/or coworkers.

  • The commute requires all your free time.

  • The workload is growing and it’s impossible to do well.

  • There are limited opportunities to gain new skills, networks, expertise, or certifications.

  • You’re underpaid or the financial compensation isn’t enough to allow you to invest in yourself.

  • It’s a challenge to find and cultivate mentorships with those more experienced than you.

  • The position doesn’t provide intellectual stimulation or allow for risk-taking and you’re bored.

If you’re experiencing a number of these signs, it’s time to reevaluate your current situation. In some cases, a frank conversation with your boss may be the key to turning things around at your job. Remember, your manager can’t help you if you don’t let him or her know what’s going on. Brainstorm a list of solutions before you meet with your boss. Consider the following items to include in your negotiations:

  • An intern or other support staff.

  • A more flexible work schedule or the option to telecommute.

  • The opportunity to work on more challenging or cross-functional projects with other teams.

  • A raise or promotion with additional responsibilities.

  • A stipend for professional development opportunities.

  • Access to the company’s internal training programs.

Be prepared to support these requests with proof of the value you’ve brought to the company over the past year and/or the benefits these items would provide to the organization in the long run.

Unfortunately, not every situation can be fixed with a conversation. If you’re experiencing any of the signs below, it’s time to start looking for a new job before things get worse.  

Signs it’s time to find new work:

  • You dread going to work. If you’ve lost that enthusiasm and start each day with a horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach.

  • You’re not in the loop. It feels intentional that you’re the last to know what’s going on.

  • You’re a cultural misfit. You can’t shake the feeling that you just don’t fit in at the office.

  • You’re desperate to leave. You find yourself obsessively checking job boards for an opportunity - any opportunity - that would allow you to quit.

  • The company’s struggling. If the signs are there, it’s better to start looking before layoffs begin and everyone’s competing for the same positions.

  • Your boss is a disaster. Your boss knows less than you do or is not very good at their job – and they’re not going anywhere.

  • Your personal life is suffering. You have too many work commitments, not enough time with your family and friends, and it’s affecting your personal relationships.

  • Your job is making you sick. You’re stressed to the point that your work is causing health problems.

  • You receive a bad performance review. If your reviews are usually fine and this negative one is out of the blue, the company may be looking to get rid of people.

  • Your job description changes. You’re asked to do more – or you’re given responsibilities for which you’re not necessarily equipped to handle the best way – or you’re removed from a project or long-term assignment that you’ve been working on for a long time.

  • You’re being documented. You’re asked to document everything you do and/or train a backup – maybe management’s using you as an inexpensive way to train your replacement.

If you find yourself agreeing with one or more of the above items, it’s time to move on. Start looking for the right opportunity today so you can quit your job as soon as possible.

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