Every morning, you find yourself hitting the snooze button on the job you once looked forward to waking up for. Your job role seems to become more and more mundane, and you find yourself easily irritated with your co-workers. These are all warning signs that it may be time to start looking for a new job. And if you’re anything like the millions of other working Americans, you’ll arrive at this point at least once in your career. Switching jobs isn’t a bad thing — it can be a great time to explore new interests and take exhilarating risks. Here are three of the most important signs you should consider a new career.
You dread going to work.
Does each day become more of a struggle to get out of bed? If you haven’t been up late or out on the town, and you have to drag yourself out of bed, this could be a sign that you’re feeling burnt out or unfulfilled in your job. When you reach the point that you dread going to your job, you are no longer invested in your career or the goals of the organization. If you continue down that path, you’ll develop a negative attitude and bring down the morale of those around you. It’s time to find a new opportunity in which you look forward to being there.
You aren’t being challenged.
When you started your job, it was new and challenging. Now that you’ve learned everything there is to learn, you are extremely bored. Boredom is one of the top reasons people cite as their decision to leave a job, and it’s often the result of not being challenged in your job role. When you feel unchallenged it affects both your productivity and level of satisfaction. A job that is too easy can have disastrous consequences for your career growth such as developing bad work habits like playing games online or surfing the Internet. You owe it to your long-term career goals to find a job that keeps you challenged.
You are undercompensated.
If you feel you’re not being paid what you’re worth in your current position, you can certainly benefit from switching to a higher paid position. In fact, your skill set may be more valuable in one industry over another. For example, a communications director at a non-profit may make much less than a communication director at a large technology corporation. Employees in identical positions at different companies can have vastly different pay scales and growth opportunities. Research what employees in your profession make in other industries. The difference may be large enough to warrant a career change.
When you find yourself unhappy in your job, remember that you have other options. There’s no reason to feel ashamed for wanting to change jobs in pursuit of other career goals.
Not sure what to do next? Let the experienced recruiters at BOS Staffing help. For more than 35 years we have helped candidates just like you throughout Northeast Georgia and nationwide find the jobs that are right for them. Contact us today to start laying the foundation for a better career.