Do you ever find yourself questioning whether or not you should start looking for a new job, even when you are already employed? Chances are, if the thought has crossed your mind more than a few times, there is something about your current job that isn’t working for you.
When contemplating leaving a job, there are many factors to consider. Should you wait until you have another job lined up? Should you stick it out a little longer to see if things get better? Should you make an effort to remedy the situation and keep the job? The answers to these questions will depend on what it is that’s causing you to be unhappy at your current job.
If your desire to quit came in the heat of the moment, after a stressful day or over a particularly challenging project, give it some time before making a decision. Chances are, once the situation has blown over, so will your unhappiness. The worst mistake you could make is quitting on the spur of the moment only to regret it immediately after.
In some situations, however, the feeling is not temporary and doesn’t diminish over time. So how do you know if it’s really time to move on? Here are a few situations that could mean it’s time to go:
You hate the job, and no longer get any enjoyment out of it. If you dread going to work every day or feel depressed on Sunday night at the thought of beginning another week of work, consider what you would enjoy doing. If your current work isn’t satisfying, make a list of what you would find satisfying, and start searching for a job that would be a better fit.
You don’t have a good working relationship with your manager, or other colleagues. If you and the people you work most directly with don’t have a viable relationship, it’s going to have a negative impact on your work performance and most likely on your overall attitude as well. It’s difficult to go to work every day and not have positive support from those around you. If you have this problem, and you know nothing you do can help mend the relationship, it’s time to look for another job.
You don’t have any foreseeable opportunities for growth or promotion. If you’re happy where you are career-wise, then this might not be an issue for you. But if your career is not where you want it to be, and you have aspirations of advancing, then being stuck in a place with no opportunity for growth could be a deal breaker. Don’t let yourself stay trapped. If you don’t have a chance to achieve your goals where you are, then it’s time to start looking for somewhere else to go.
It’s affecting your home life. Whether it’s a long commute, or having to work long hours, nights or weekends, if your job has a negative impact on your life outside of work, you might want to consider looking for a new job. Temporarily having to work extra hours in order to complete a project is something you can likely stick out, but your company transferring you to a different office that adds significant time and mileage onto your commute might not be.
Making the decision to quit a job can be tough, but if you’re not happy, and you don’t see any chance for improvement in the future, then the best thing you can do for yourself may be to move on. Putting forth an extra effort in your current job could help improve things in some cases, but it’s ultimately up to you to decide when it’s time to move on.