10 Signs It’s Time To Pursue A New Job Opportunity

How do you know when it’s finally time to find a new job? Here are ten telltale signs.
10 Signs It’s Time To Find A New Job

The workplace landscape is undergoing significant changes, with a large portion of employees considering job transitions. Research from ResumeBuilder.com reveals that in 2022, one in four workers plans to find a new job, indicating that the Great Resignation remains in full swing. Importantly, it’s not only Gen Z and Millennials driving this trend. A Harvard Business Review study highlights that employees between 30 and 45 years old have witnessed the most substantial rise in resignation rates. While traditionally, employee turnover has been most prominent among younger workers, the last year saw resignations dip for those aged 20 to 25.

But how can you decide when it’s time to look for a new job? For mid-career professionals contemplating a career transition, here are ten signs that it’s the right moment to chart a different course.

Diminishing well-being

According to Gallup, individuals experiencing personal struggles or distress in their lives are approximately twice as likely to contemplate changing jobs compared to those leading fulfilling lives.

Managers especially are grappling with heightened levels of burnout. This is of particular concern because supervisors significantly influence employee engagement. If your role is negatively impacting your physical or mental health, it’s a sure sign that a new job is warranted.

Stagnation in advancement

Are you consistently questioning whether you’ve lingered too long in your current role? One explanation for this feeling of stagnation could be the absence of professional growth opportunities. It’s unwise to invest substantial time in a position that lacks prospects for advancement. If you continuously find yourself passed over for promotions, despite your stellar performance, it’s a compelling signal to explore other employment options.

Toxic work environment

A negative atmosphere at work is a telltale sign of a toxic work environment. Toxicity in company culture not only stifles career progression but can also detrimentally affect mental and physical well-being. If you witness tolerance for workplace bullying, low morale, or a lack of appreciation for your contributions, it’s prudent to consider new opportunities.

Lack of challenges

Does your current role mirror the responsibilities you had two years ago? Do tasks seem so routine that you could complete them in your sleep? Feeling overqualified for your job indicates that your career may be at a standstill. Make an effort to approach your manager to request more stimulating assignments. If those opportunities don’t exist, it’s time to explore external roles.

Underpayment and overqualification

Being underpaid and overqualified is a glaring red flag. Before searching for a new job, attempt to negotiate a higher salary. Thoroughly research compensation benchmarks and build your case around your contributions and value to the organization. If your current salary is insufficient to meet your needs and you’re aware of better prospects elsewhere, it’s an ideal moment to consider a career transition

Frequent daydreams of quitting

Occasional thoughts of quitting your job are not uncommon, even among individuals content with their work. However, when daydreams of storming into your manager’s office and tendering your resignation become a daily occurrence, it’s a sign that you’re ready for a new job.

Misalignment of company values

LinkedIn’s Workplace Culture report highlights that 86% of Millennials would contemplate accepting a pay cut to work for a company whose mission and values align with their own. Given the increasing integration of professional and personal lives, it’s crucial for the companies we work for to share our values. If you repeatedly find yourself compromising your standards or principles, it’s an indicator that a job search should be initiated.

Ethical dilemmas

When your employer requests you engage in illegal or unethical activities, it’s imperative to safeguard your integrity. In such instances, it’s advisable to express your concerns in writing. If your employer persists, it’s time to accelerate your job search and seek new employment.

Lack of appreciation

A study by OC Tanner revealed that 79% of departing employees cited a lack of appreciation as a significant reason for leaving. Delivering exceptional work without receiving acknowledgment can be profoundly demotivating. If you sense a lack of appreciation in your current work environment, it’s a clear sign that you should explore new employment prospects where your contributions are recognized.

Inability to be authentic

On average, individuals spend around 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. Ideally, this time should allow you to be your genuine self. Inauthenticity at work can lead to burnout and dissatisfaction. Conversely, workplaces where you can express your true self have been linked to higher employee engagement, empowerment, trust, positive relationships, and overall well-being. If authenticity is stifled, it’s a compelling sign that a new job is in your best interests.

Do any of these signs resonate with you? If they do, it’s time to reassess your professional journey. Instead of impulsively resigning, take the time to strategize your next career move. A well-planned transition will make you a more attractive candidate and enable you to leave your current position on favorable terms.

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