Published on 3rd September 2018
Most of us will change jobs at some point in our careers. Everyone gets restless at work from time to time, even in your dream role, but how do you know when it’s time to move on and start considering new opportunities?
1. Regularly thinking about finding a new opportunity
Everyone has bad days in the office but if you are regularly thinking about wanting a new job or what it would be like working for a new company, the chances are you should start your job search and keep an eye on different opportunities that are out there.
2. Dreading Monday the week ahead
It is normal to get Sunday blues and dread the sound of your Monday morning alarm, let’s face it no one wants to leave their cosy bed first thing after the weekend! However, if the Monday blues are lasting all week, then this is a critical sign that you are unhappy in your current role and should start searching for new opportunities.
There might come a point in your career where the love and enthusiasm you initially had for your role disappears. You might have been in your job for so long that you can undertake your duties in your sleep. Having a job you know inside out is comforting, however, to be happy you need to be mentally stimulated and engaged with your work life. If you are too comfortable and finding yourself getting bored, speak with your manager and explore development opportunities with them. If the development and progression in your position is limited, chances are you have outgrown the role and it’s time to move on.
4. Feeling negative
It’s common for us to have a little moan about our job every now and then, however, if you find yourself constantly complaining, then you most likely need to start afresh and begin looking for a new role. Your increased negativity is not good for your health or co-workers and will most certainly impact your day to day work and development.
If you notice yourself complaining often, this could be a sign that you are not happy in your current work situation and need to start looking for a new job.
5. Continual stress
Everyone experiences periods of stress in their job, however, a key indicator that it is time to move on is if you are finding yourself to be continually stressed. It is not worth compromising your mental and physical health for your job and if you are starting to find that your role is too stressful, it might be time to start re-evaluating your career.
If one or more of the above signs sound familiar to you, it is clear you should start thinking about your next move. Finding a new job isn’t something that happens overnight and as a recruiter, I would never advise taking drastic measures and handing in your notice without a new role to move into.
Before you begin your job search, make a list of all the pros and cons of your current role and speak to management about overcoming or tackling some of the problems you are facing. If there is no way forward, then it is definitely time to start evaluating your next career move!
If you are searching for the next step in your career or need advice on whether now is the right time to make the move, don't hesitate to get in touch with us!
by Ambition UK