Have you been feeling unfulfilled and unhappy in your current job? Maybe it’s time to make a move and change jobs. But how do you know if this is the right choice? Below, we’ll consider 10 signs that might mean it’s time for a change.
Making a move and changing jobs can be a difficult decision to make, but it can be the best decision you make for your career. But before making this big step, it’s important to have a good understanding of why it’s necessary and the different signs that can indicate it’s time to move on.
Leaving a secure and comfortable job can be daunting, but it can also be beneficial. Moving on from a job can provide new experiences, create opportunities to grow professionally, and offer the opportunity to develop new skills and challenges.
10 reasons to consider why it might be the right time to change jobs.
Lack of growth opportunities
A lack of growth opportunities can result in your career stagnating. If you have been at your current job for a while and have not received any promotions or additional responsibilities, it may be time to find another job. When a company doesn’t provide opportunities for growth, it could be a sign they don’t value their employees and you'll be doing the same job until you eventually leave.......or retire.
Unfulfilling work can lead to boredom and decreased motivation. If you’re having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning or feeling a lack of enthusiasm when it comes to your job, it may be time to find something new. Your job should be something that motivates you to get up in the morning and that you look forward to tackling each day.......well the majority of days at least!
Poor work environment
No one should be subjected to a poor work environment. Working in an uncomfortable environment can take a toll on your mental health and wellbeing. This can include a number of things, such as working with an unsupportive management team, having unsatisfactory working conditions, and/or having an uncomfortable workplace.
It can be difficult when you’re not getting paid what you’re worth. If you’ve been working at the same job for a while and have not received any raises or bonuses, you may be able to improve your earnings elsewhere. It’s important to feel valued and appreciated, and if your job does not pay you what you need or deserve, perhaps a competitor will value your experience more.
Unhappy with your job
It’s important to feel motivated and enthusiastic about the work you’re doing. If you find yourself dreading work, or always complaining about your company, colleagues, or clients - change what you are doing. Find a position with a company who will challenge you, working alongside colleagues who energise you. Don't get sucked in to the daily grind and find yourself complaining to anyone who will listen to you.......no one likes a "dementor" on a night out.
No job security
We all have bills to pay and commitments why we have to work. Job security is an important aspect for the majority of job seekers. Especially in a cost of living crisis. If you’re feeling a lack of job security, it can lead to increased stress and decreased motivation.
No work/life balance
A more flexible working environment to provide a better work / life balance is probably one the biggest changes we've seen since the pandemic. We now understand how important this is for our mental health and wellbeing. If you’re putting in too many hours, or if you have little to no flexibility or holiday time, there are opportunities out there which will be only too happy to provide a better work/life balance for you.
No recognition for your work
It can be disheartening when you feel like your efforts are not appreciated. You’re putting in more hours, covering other colleagues shortfalls, smashing targets..... but you're not receiving any credit for your accomplishments. Finding the motivation to keep doing your best work will be challenging and may slow down your career.
We've all met the managers who focuses more on themselves than you. Only too happy to take credit for your accomplishments. A self acclaimed expert with no qualifications or people skills entering management through being time served. It's all about them - when a good manager should be more interested in you. Supporting your development whilst challenging you to achieve your career goals. If your manager is only interested in how they look to peers and their manager, can you see your future changing any time soon?
Different career path
Sometimes, we want to pursue a different career path. Moving to another career in a different field can provide new opportunities and a fresh challenge. It’s important to make sure you’re motivated and interested in the job you do every day. Skills are transferable so pursue the career path that interests and challenges you. Don't drag your heels for the sake of being comfortable - you'll only end up wanting to leave in the end and you may have missed your dream move.
Making a move and changing jobs can be a big decision, but it can be beneficial. Sometimes it's only right to discuss your concerns with your current employer to try and find solutions. However, in a talent short market, making the move can provide all the benefits you're looking for and more.
Technical Moves have supported job seekers with their career moves since 2005. If you want some expert help and advice or if you're interested in exploring potential opportunities, get in touch and book an appointment with one of our consultants.