For some, knowing when to make the transition from one company to the next comes naturally. Such individuals are able to pick up on subtle clues and hints, which typically originate either from an inside source or an industry rumor. Others, however, seem to have trouble picking up on such hints. If you fall into the latter category, there are a number of common signs you can look for in order to make an informed decision about leaving your current position or employer.
Lack of Passion or Motivation
Sometimes you just get burned out from the everyday grind. When carrying on with the exact same routine for years, it’s hard to maintain your passion and motivation for the job. This proves even more difficult when you are working in a field that is outside your desired career path. Whatever the case may be, losing a passion or level of motivation that you originally had is a surefire sign that it is time to look for a new job.
No Room for Progression or Advancement
Proactive workers are always trying to take their career to the next step. Whether that involves additional training, specific certifications or anything else, proactive workers will do whatever it takes. Sometimes, however, a certain position or company simply doesn’t offer any further room for career growth. If you find that you have been at the same job for several years without any progression or advancement, if you ever get the impression that you are stuck in a dead-end job, then it’s definitely time to expand your horizons and look elsewhere.
You Find It Difficult to Get Along With Co-Workers
We can usually tell at the start of a new position if our co-workers are going to be difficult to get along with, but it isn’t always so obvious. Those who first seemed helpful may prove otherwise after a certain amount of time, and new employees may come along that you simply don’t like. If you find that is difficult or stressful to get along with the majority of your co-workers, it may be time to find a new job.
Issues with Management
While problems with co-workers can usually be resolved, difficult managers may be impossible to overcome. Regardless of the cause of such issues, regular conflicts with management can really damage the productivity of you and your team. As such, don’t hesitate to look for employment elsewhere if you find yourself having to work under a difficult, unfair or otherwise troublesome manager.
The Company is Struggling or Failing
For those who are actively trying to advance their careers, there’s simply no need to stay aboard a sinking ship. If you find out that your company is falling behind the competition, or if you receive news of a pending bankruptcy, you should get out as soon as possible. Some will stay onboard until the end, and some will even help with the final closing or liquidation, but this isn’t an option for some. As such, it’s a good idea to line up some prospective new employers just in case.
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