Is it time to get a new job?
Have you had enough of your current job, are you feeling miserable when you are at work and do you sometimes dread going to work. The start of the year is always a time for self-reflection on all levels but its also a particularly good time to review your career options. Most companies typically hire at the beginning of the year and there is obviously turnover after bonuses are paid.
We all think it might be easier to stay than to look outside but if you are genuinely dissatisfied you should start to review your options and make a plan of action.
Have you been with your current company for long enough?
If you have been there for less than 18 months you should probably try to work it out and stay a bit longer. New employers like to see proof that you are resilient and don’t move around too much.
However if you have only been in your job for less than six months and you already know you made a mistake, leaving sooner rather than later is probably advisable. Everyone can afford to have one mistake on his or her resume.
If you have been with your current company for more than eight years you should also be mindful that some employers may view this as too long. You could become ‘institutionalized’ and no longer be able to adapt to a different corporate culture or pace.
If you wait too long to find a new job your misery and dissatisfaction will affect your personal life as well as your work life.
Warning Signs You Need a New Job
You spend all your time thinking about how much you dislike your job or your colleagues or your boss.
You lie in bed at night obsessing about your job or worrying about how to get everything done the next day. Your workload feels insurmountable.
You are starting to experience physiological conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, acid reflux, migraines, loss of appetite etc Perhaps your immunity is also weakened so you get more frequent colds and stomach bugs
Any time you spend time with friends and family and you talk about your job, you only focus on the negative aspects and complain about how awful it is.
You are drinking or smoking more or eating more, to compensate for your misery during your workday.
You start feeling sick on Sunday at the thought of going to work on Monday. Everyone has post-weekend blues but if you truly dread going to work then you have a problem you need to face up to.
Your overall quality of work has deteriorated. You aren’t as interested or committed to what you do, perhaps you feel unchallenged or overwhelmed but your response is just to mentally check out.
What should you do now?
If any of these descriptions resonate with you I would strongly suggest you start to think about looking for a new job. But remember this also takes time and a lot of effort on your behalf.
Start by getting your resume and LinkedIn profile up to date then consider what aspects of your current job and company you like and what you don’t like. This will give you the framework for a focused job search. Pathfinder has a wealth of resources on our website to help you with this. We are also very happy to meet you and talk through your career options.