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5 Signs That It’s Time to Make a Career Move

Friday, November 21st, 2014

When the unemployment rate has been high for years, don’t complain to your jobless friend that your office is a house of horrors. Someone who has been pounding the pavement in search of a job is not likely to be very sympathetic to your problem.

Today, millions of college grads are unemployed or underemployed. Additionally, far too many skilled workers with years of experience have given up and aren’t even looking for work. Knowing this, it’s easy to bite the bullet and be grateful you have a job even though that job is making you miserable. But if your job is not advancing your career goals or you have changed your goals, staying where you are will only lead to more and more frustration. And if your salary is cut or you are told you must move across the country to keep your job, those are glaring signs that it’s time to find another job.

Here are five red flags that signal it’s time to consider a career move:

1. You are not appreciated at work

It’s natural to feel slighted once in a while at work. You come up with a great idea and it’s shot down by the boss. But do you honestly feel that your talents and skills are being utilized? Is your input welcomed and do your suggestions get implemented? Are you offered more challenging assignments? Has your salary gone up to reflect your additional responsibilities?

A ‘no’ answer to any of these questions can explain why you are not motivated to keep your current position. If you feel you are performing well, you should see signs that you and your work are important and valued by your employer. If you haven’t received a bonus or raise in a long time, that’s a serious sign. If no additional benefits such as professional development courses are ever offered to you, that’s another sign. If you feel you are giving 110% and you don’t even get a pat on the back from the boss, it could be time to move on.

2. Your workplace environment is unhealthy

From the first day on the job, you have to build good relationships. You must feel like an important part of the team. If the environment is hostile, a day at work can feel like a day in hell. In that case, you need to make a change — fast.

Although it’s hard to find the perfect workplace, if the following behaviors are running rampant, it’s time for you to leave:

sexual harassment

bullying

verbal abuse

substance abuse

hateful gossip

intellectual property theft

3. You hate going to work

If you used to enjoy your job and now dread every minute at work, it’s time to give the possibility of leaving it some serious thought.

Has your job become extremely tedious and every minute at work seems like an hour? It won’t be easy, but you should try to focus on the positive aspects of your job. What do you like about your job and can you increase the amount of time spent doing those tasks that are most rewarding? Has what you do all day changed or have you changed? You must zero in on the specifics that are making your time at work so unbearable in order to take the steps to make things better.

4. You are constantly tired and stressed out

If everything else in your life is fine, feeling tired and stressed all of the time could be due to your job situation. If your coworkers are hostile toward you or other aspects of your workplace environment are unhealthy, your life outside of work can suffer.

If your job is making you feel stressed, that can lead to marital and parenting problems. You might feel so miserable that even your favorite hobbies and sports are no longer enjoyable. Do you find yourself going over unpleasant incidents at work in your mind when you should be enjoying a day in the park with your family? Does thinking about problems at work keep you up all night? Are you feeling mentally and physically exhausted? If these problems describe your situation, it’s time to make a move.

5. You need something new

If everything at work is peachy keen but you have a feeling that you are missing out on something, it’s time to assess your career choice. Daydreaming about starting a business or going back to school and doing something else for a living could mean you’re ready to carve out a new career path.

So many of us think we know what we want to be while we are very young. We choose a career and make preparations to enter our chosen profession. But after a while, we might realize we are not cut out to do the kind of work we were trained to do over the next 20, 30 or 40 years. If you think you are better suited for a different career, do some research and see if following your latest dream seems feasible. Don’t quit your current job just because you think you might like another career better.

You must give a prospective career move considerable thought. You must come up with a plan for how to achieve your new goal. Whether you are 25 or 55, have spent one year on the job or 30, you should never feel trapped in a career that will end at only death or retirement. Make a list of the positives and negatives of making a career change. If the positives outweigh the negatives, figure out which steps you must take to make a successful career change. Make a timetable for when you will take each step and get started on making your career dream come true.

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