Sometimes you get stuck in a rut; work can become onerous and might not be providing you with the fulfilment it once did. Kristine Tuazon, Principal Consultant at Good People HR, offers some suggestions on when it might be the right time to think about changing jobs.
- Monday-itis. Do those ‘I hate Mondays’ memes strike a chord with you? Do you spend your Sunday’s dreading returning to work? Well, why not do something about it? Put aside an hour or two every Sunday afternoon to search for the right job for you; set yourself the goal of applying for at least one new role every Sunday. And while you're at it, update your SEEK Profile so that employers can reach out with opportunities.
- You’re envious of others’ success. You might be going through the motions – going to work every day, but feeling unsatisfied – and then, one day, you see someone earning a living doing something they love and you think, ‘why shouldn’t I have that for myself?’. You can harness other people’s success for yourself; use it as motivation. When you see someone making money doing what they love, try and learn from them. Ask them about how they got to where they are and try to implement some of the strategies that worked for them.
- You’ve stopped chasing your dream job. “Your only limitations are your imagination and what you fear,” says Tuazon. Be brave and take some risks. That might mean specifically targeting a role or a company you’d love to work for and reaching out to them. Cold call them, explain why you’d love to work there and ask what you’d have to do to one day be employed there. Formulate a plan and never lose sight of your dream.
- You’re never challenged. Sometimes if you’ve been with a company for an extended period you might find yourself doing the same tasks over and over again. Your manager might have made certain judgments about your talents and now it feels like everyday is like the one before. Unfortunately, if you’ve been pigeonholed you can lose certain skills as your focus becomes too narrow. It might be a good idea to speak with your manager and find out if there are opportunities to diversify your workload or to spend time working in other parts of the business.
- You have no work-life balance. Does it feel like you spend every waking minute working or thinking about work? Do you no longer have time to see your friends or do the things you love? The chances are you’re too consumed by your career. As important as your professional life is, it’s vital that you have a balance in your life. You need to be able to switch-off sometimes. If you’re finding you can’t, then maybe it’s time to think about looking for a new job.
- You’ve stopped thinking big. Dream big! There are opportunities all over the world, so why not explore them? International experience is highly valued by employers. It can also provide employees with unforgettable memories and the chance to experience different cultures. Start by asking yourself – if you could work anywhere in the world where would it be? Once you’ve answered that, you can start working towards making it happen. If Paris beckons you, you might start by brushing up on your French. Pick-up a beginner’s textbook, search online for resources or find out if there’s classes close to where you live.
- You’re never listened to or appreciated. Does your boss take you for granted? Do people speak over you? And when they do listen to your advice do they usually just ignore it anyway? This can be infuriating and it can leave you feeling worthless. If you work hard and are committed to the business, you should be treated well and your input valued. If you’ve tried different ways to get yourself heard and seen and these have failed, then maybe it’s time to move somewhere where you will be appreciated.
We spend so much of our lives working, so why stay in a job that isn’t fulfilling? If you’re not doing something you enjoy, something that helps you learn and grow, then perhaps it’s time to start thinking about a change.