Feeling dissatisfied or unhappy in your current role may not seem like a good reason to leave, even while the job market is thriving and opportunities are plentiful. However, there may be warning signs that your current job is not fulfilling your needs and career aspirations.
Here are five signs that it may be time to begin the search for a new job:
1. No Advancement Opportunities
Perhaps you were recently passed over for a promotion, or the company offers no opportunities to advance in position or salary. Whichever case it is, if your career goals do not mesh with the work environment you are in, it’s a definite sign to move on.
2. No Constructive Feedback
If your superiors stop discussing work or other business matters with you, no longer provide constructive criticism and feedback, or fail to offer acknowledgment of a job well done, lines of communication have broken down. Feeling undervalued and overlooked are good reasons to start looking for another job.
If this is the case, make an effort to talk with your boss before starting your job search. If no meaningful changes occur after discussing the situation with them, begin looking for a new employer who does encourage communication within the company.
3. No Opportunities for Growth and Training
Many companies offer employees opportunities to learn new skills and further their professional growth through education. If your job is failing on that front, it may be time to look for a position at a company that has more opportunities available.
4. High Turnover/ No New Hires
It is normal for employees to come and go from a company as opportunities arise and terms of employment end. However, if the rate of co-workers leaving has increased and few or no new hires join the team, it could be a sign of problems within the company and work culture that could affect you down the road.
5. It’s Time to Move On
Finally, if you feel bored with your job, don’t feel engaged with your co-workers or bosses, and you sense it’s time to move on, you’re probably right. Trust your “gut instinct” when it comes to your job, and if it feels like moving on is the best choice, then it is.
You will know when it’s time to take the plunge and begin searching for a new job. Watch for the signs, and don’t be afraid to make that move!