​8 Signs That Show It’s Time To Look For A New Job


​8 Signs That Show It’s Time To Look For A New Job

Posted on 07 December 2022

8 Signs That Show It’s Time To Look For A New Job.

If you’ve clicked on this blog, that might be the first sign… maybe your subconscious is trying to tell you something! It’s understandable, everyone has bad days, even months at work and we all sometimes face burnout, but when you can’t remember the last time you felt happy or fulfilled at work, it might just be time to change that!

With 2023 looming, now is the time to start the process of making a change for the better, and although it can seem daunting, it should be exciting too! Maybe you could start by updating your CV and connecting with a trusted consultant at Aldwych Consulting, who could support you on your way to the next step in your career.

If more than a couple of the 8 signs below apply to you, maybe it’s time to act!

1.   You often think about a new job

This may sound like an obvious one however, many people overlook having these thoughts, even when it’s on a regular basis. If the prospect of a new job feels exciting to you or even brings a wave of relief, perhaps it’s time to stop ignoring that and trust your gut. If you find yourself scrolling through job adverts and checking out what a recruiter is sharing it might be time to take action and see what’s out there in your market.

2.   There is no opportunity for progression

Do you feel like you’ve “hit a glass ceiling” or wonder whether you have stayed at your job for too long? One reason you may be feeling stuck is that there is no opportunity to advance professionally. You shouldn’t stay in a position that does not offer you growth opportunities. You should be feeling challenged at work – that’s what makes it interesting. If you are continually passed over for a promotion despite being a top performer, it’s probably time to look elsewhere.

3.   Lack of motivation

We all feel that rush of passion and enthusiasm when we start in a new role. An element of this should still exist even if you have been in this role a long time. If you’re struggling to find motivation, and even feeling like you’ve lost your sense of purpose at work, it might be sign that you’re not feeling challenged enough and you need something more mentally stimulating to keep things interesting! We all spend a lot of time working.. if you’re not feeling interested or motivated by what you’re doing it may be time to change that.

4.   You no longer feel challenged

Are you basically in the same position you were two years ago? Can you complete work projects in your sleep? If you feel overqualified for your job, your career may be stalled. Try asking your manager for more challenging assignments. If they can't offer you more stimulating projects, consider exploring external opportunities.

5.   The company values don’t align with yours

We encounter various people who would consider taking a pay cut to work at a company whose mission and values align with their own. Given that our professional and personal lives are more intertwined than ever, it is essential that the companies we work for share our values. If you regularly find yourself lowering your standards or compromising your principles, it may be time to find a new job.

6.   You’re underpaid

If you’re an asset to your company, clearly delivering (and surpassing) your objectives but you never see any indications of progression in terms of salary, it’s not surprising that this can lead to feeling undervalued and demotivated. 

We always recommend trying to negotiate a higher salary before you look for a new job. Research your worth in your role and make a case based on your contributions and value. If this conversation does not amount to an action plan of clear targets for a pay rise it’s time to look for a new job.

7.   Toxic workplace relationships

If the atmosphere at work negatively impacts employees, you are probably in a toxic work environment. A toxic culture not only interferes with your career growth but may also damage your mental and physical health. If you find yourself in a company where bullying is tolerated, morale is low, or your input isn't valued, you may want to explore other options.

8.   Your well-being is suffering

Employees who were struggling or suffering in their lives are about twice as likely to change jobs than those who are thriving. Managers, in particular, are suffering from high levels of burnout. This phenomenon is especially concerning, given that managers have the most significant impact on employee engagement. So, if you find that your role is negatively affecting your physical or mental health, it may be time to find a new job.

If you would like to discuss your career with an experienced consultant, please email info@aldwychconsulting.com or check out our website for current opportunities at www.aldwychconsulting.com

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