Signs It’s Time To Look For A New Job

How long have you been working in your current position? How long do you expect to be? When you’ve been working somewhere for a while, especially a long while, it is easy to feel like you’ll be working that same job forever. But there are times when you should stand back and take a better look at your circumstances and ask yourself whether it’s time to move on and search for a new job.

Sometimes the signs are external. You get little cues and signals from others in the workplace that your days are numbered. Other times the cues are internal, and come from your own sense of dissatisfaction. Either way, becoming aware of them can help you to conduct a work search when it’s needed.

Signs You’re About to Be Fired

  • You find yourself out of the loop as far as information and events go. You might not be invited to that next corporate panel, or you may find yourself being the last to hear news about developments in your department.
  • Other staff members are turning over and being replaced by new people, especially in your department. There may be a management change involved.
  • People are avoiding you. When you head over to the water cooler, people who are standing there may subtly move away. Others don’t seem to want to be associated with you.
  • You’re passed over for responsibilities. You offer to take on extra task, and are brushed aside. You may even be told that you should “take a vacation.” The latter is a sure sign that your days are numbered.

Signs You Should Quit

You are not being appreciated for the work you perform.
If you have been with a company a long time, bringing in lots of money, and they still have not given you anything in the way of pay raises, promotions, or even recognition, you may want to consider employment somewhere with upward mobility.

You are unhappy.
This may be obvious to you, or it may not be. Oftentimes we bury our feelings about our current job because we worry that the job is irreplaceable. Because we are afraid to look for other options, we persuade ourselves that we are content, when in fact we are the farthest thing from it. But if you stop and think about it, you should be able to figure out if deep down, a part of you would be relieved to walk out the door.

When you conduct a search for a new job while you are still employed, always remember to do it confidentially, and never while you are in the office.

Do not publicly post online anywhere or tell anyone that you are searching for work, and apply for positions privately. You may post a resume, but make sure that you do not state anywhere attached to it that you are actively looking for new work. Make sure that it looks like a passive effort.

If your boss thinks you are trying to find a new employer, he or she will probably fire you before you’re ready to move on. Good luck finding a better workplace!

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