If you have a job that pays well but doesn’t challenge you or excite you in any way, you probably don’t want to quit because the job pays all your bills and brings food to the table. If on top of that you also have a good relationship with your co-workers, you’re even less likely to want to quit. Maybe the job you currently have is not the job you’d want to keep doing for the rest of your life, but you’re probably thinking “It is good for now.” There’s nothing wrong with being satisfied with the working conditions in your company and wanting to stay there even if that job is not what you’re dreaming about. However, if you start feeling like you’re settling, like the job you’re doing is the ‘second best’ or you have just become too comfortable or lazy to search for anything better, your current job is possibly holding you back and preventing you from reaching your full potential.
Many talented and skilled people settle with jobs that are alright, but not stimulating enough to keep them happy. They postpone searching for something better, sometimes even for years, and when they finally decide that it’s time to move on to something better they have lost the motivation and they feel inadequate and as if their time has passed. This feeling can quickly turn into frustration and depression and settling with a less-than-great job for another year or ten.
If you don’t want to be stuck with a dead-end job, and want to progress and improve your skills and career, don’t get complacent and don’t settle. You shod frequently think about whether you’re happy about your professional experiences and if you’re able to reach your goals from where you are right now. If the answers to these questions are ‘no’, it may be time to consider looking for something better and moving on. If you can’t figure out the answers to these questions just like that, luckily there are signs that can help you see if you should leave your current job and search for something that will make you happier.
1. You’ve been at the same position for years
If you haven’t advanced much in your company, you’ve been doing the same job for years, and you haven’t received any significant promotions, it’s probably time to move on and start searching for better opportunities. Look for a company where your efforts and accomplishments will be appreciated and awarded accordingly.
2. You’re not learning
If you feel that you’re not learning anything at your current position and that the job you’re doing is not challenging you in any way, it may be time to move on. Maybe you’ve gotten comfortable with doing an easy job, but without having the opportunity to learn something new, improve your skills and advance, you’ll lose your motivation, you’ll become frustrated and bored and you probably won’t enjoy working. If you can ask to be involved in a new project or an opportunity to progress in some other way and you get a positive response, then there may be a reason for you to stay in your current company.
3. There is frequent re-organization
If big changes are frequently happening in the company and not always for the better, it may be a warning sign of company becoming unstable. Re-organization is usually done to improve the situation in the company and to make progress, but when they’re done too often they create turbulences and tension at the workplace. With frequent changes and lack of balance, your progress and priorities will have to change as well.
4. Many of your colleagues are deciding to move on
We’re not advising you to follow the crowd, but if many of your co-workers have decided to find work elsewhere, it’s a tell-tale sign that the situation in the company is less than perfect. People don’t search for new jobs when they are happy with their current one.
5. Recruiters are calling you often
If you’re getting calls from recruiters, it means that your skills and expertise are in demand. It would be silly to accept every offer you get, but if you are offered with better conditions and salary than you have in your current company, the offer you get might be worth considering. In that case it is important to ask yourself whether you think you’d be happier performing a different job and whether what you have in the company you’re in is worth staying. If you’re offered with better conditions, it would be wise to speak with your employer and ask if you could get a promotion or an opportunity to advance as motivation to stay.
6. You go to work every day without any motivation
If you feel that you’re exhausted and that your job is making you unhappy, you should consider your options and start looking for better opportunities. People work in order to earn money to be able to feed their family and pay the bills, but it’s much easier when you like what you do and you work in a healthy environment. If you’re stressed out all the time and your job satisfaction is very low, then it may be time to leave your current job and find something better. Although, it would be wiser to first find something better and then quit – you don’t want to be jobless either.