Do You Need a New Job?
The day of resolutions is approaching; that time of year when everyone makes promises to themselves – promises that end up forgotten before the end of January. So do something different this year. Take a long look at your job today – are you happy, fulfilled, and earning fair to excellent pay and benefits? No? So maybe it’s time for a job change. Then again, maybe not – maybe it’s time for an attitude or lifestyle change. Consider these indicators that it’s time to start a new job search.
You’re disengaged at work:
- You procrastinate more than you work.
- You lose track of time and place.
- You mindlessly track your social media.
- You aren’t connecting with the team.
If this is the case, step back and evaluate. Are there personal or outside-of-work factors that are affecting your performance? Deal with them now, before they jeopardize your position. Perhaps you need to schedule some time off to work through issues or simply rest and restore. Maybe you need to consider a professional counselor – or at least connect with a mentor. If life outside work holds your attention just fine, however, then your disengagement could signal a need for a job change.
You can’t be you:
- Your “work” persona is totally foreign to who you are with friends and family.
- You can’t share opinions, ideas, or feedback on projects, office guidelines, etc.
- You can’t speak up for yourself – you just a number, not an employee.
Of course, there are always the unwritten office code, and it includes an order of authority, but even the most recent entry-level employee is a person – someone with skills, experiences, and ideas that have value; someone who was hired for who they are – not to become someone else. Many bosses and companies recognize the value of their employees. If you working for someone who doesn’t – it’s definitely time to change.
You dread Monday morning:
- Ok – so everybody dreads the occasional Monday morning, but we’re talking every Monday – plus Tuesday and Wednesday . . .
- You have a difficult time falling asleep at night because morning means returning to work.
- You think about just not showing up – almost every day.
Everyone has down days, sometimes bad weeks, and occasionally a killer month at work, but it yours is unending, find a new job before this one destroys your life.
You’re headed to nowhere:
- You’re already overqualified, and there aren’t any more challenging positions within the ranks.
- You’ve been told again that there are any openings for advancement at this time.
- You overworked, underpaid, and your request for more flexible hours, a pay raise, etc. are met with a blank stare and brusque NO – without any feedback, or even a timeline for when it might happen.
Companies can hit plateaus or a temporary slump, but if they are content to stagnate at their current level and you have talent, ideas, and visions just begging to be let out – move on. Find a company who is excited about the future, appreciates talent, and is willing to pay market wages to retain it.
The work is ok, the pay is good, but the culture stinks:
- The boss is never satisfied.
- You work beside chronic complainers.
- Work is just work – no office parties; no-occasional carry-in lunches; no after-hours social gatherings, no “fun” conversation.
Sure, some people are just geared to work and then go home to family and friends for their warm and fuzzies, but we’re all still people. Frankly, when there isn’t any personal connection on the job, productivity and job satisfaction decrease. If this is the case – begin your job search.
Bottom-line: if you find yourself venting – too often – about any of the above; if you know it’s true, but hear yourself justifying with “Well, at least the pay is good” or “The commute isn’t bad;” if it’s affecting your relationships or even your health; start the job search. Today.
AllianceStaff understands. We know how important it is to find a job that fits your goals, your skills, and experience, your personality. You can further your career goals right now. Whether you’re looking for a new position, the next step in your career, between jobs, or even looking for temp-to-hire situations, you can take advantage of the experienced consultants at AllianceStaff. Through our broad reach of contacts and experience in the local market with hiring officials and business owners, we are aware of the many hidden jobs. And that’s our strength – we’re allied with the companies and are here to serve you! Contact us and make a change.