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How To Know If You Need A New Job

Sometimes it’s obvious when it’s time to find a new job, but that isn’t always the case. There are often more subtle, easier to overlook signs that it’s time to move on. These are four of those warning signs that it might be time for a new job.

You’re irritable.

We all have days where we just wake up in a bad mood and it stays with us all day. If that bad mood is your common state of being, it’s time to evaluate your job. Look out for long periods of time where you feel irritable or where small things set you off far more than they should.

Irritability often comes home with you, so pay attention to your mood when you’re out of the office as well. If you find that you’re still angry and frustrated after work hours and on the weekends, that’s a sure sign of your job having a negative effect.

You’re unmotivated.

Just getting yourself to work has become a daily struggle. Boredom is the prevailing emotion you feel at work, and the only thing that gets you excited is the end of your shift. At work, you accomplish what needs to get done, but you’re more or less just going through the motions. You might find yourself tending towards laziness, even if you’re normally a hardworking employee.

Experiencing any or all of these things on occasion is completely normal and non-problematic, but if it becomes something regular, that’s a clear sign it’s time to start looking for something new.

You’re constantly stressed out.

Stress manifests itself in various ways, which unfortunately makes it easier to overlook. Common signs of stress are frequent illness, fatigue, skin problems like worsening acne, insomnia, headaches, and digestive issues. Stress also shows up in physical ticks such as biting your nails, eye twitching, and fidgeting. Since stress can show up in many ways, it can be helpful to keep track of how you feel and act throughout the day, then see how often stress creeps in.

If your constant state of being at work is stressed out, a job change is the healthiest option. While you’re looking for a new job, seek out ways to manage your stress levels.  

Your job responsibilities haven’t changed.

Stagnation is one of biggest indicators it’s time for a change. You’ve grown as an employee, but your job responsibilities haven’t. You might not have even realized that you’ve been doing the same thing since day one until you really stop to think about it. Other signs of stagnation to look out for are persistent boredom and lack of challenges.

The key thing to evaluate is how long you’ve been in your role. If it’s only been six months, you can’t expect a lot of changes in responsibility. I’s not uncommon for your work to be pretty much the same within the first year at a job. Once it passes the year mark is when stagnation can be indicative of a problem.

The answer to finding a new job isn’t necessarily to start scouring the job boards – a better first step is to have a conversation with your manager. Talk to them about how you’re feeling and inquire about available promotions or stretch assignments within your company. Let them know what you’d like to do, and you could be surprised at the opportunities available. By looking internally and externally, you’ll boost your chances of finding a new job where you’ll be happier and more fulfilled


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