14 Signs It's Time to Find a New Job
Most of us feel a little grumpy when it’s time to go back to work after a few days off or a fun vacation. Ugh. But are you actually dreading it? Sometimes you need to listen to your gut and decide if you’re still in the right place or if it’s time to find a new job. It can seem scary or risky to leave your job, but there are some valid reasons to move on.
1. There is no advancement potential in your current company: Have you been working in the same position for so long that you’re “indispensable?” You supervisor or manager can’t imaging promoting you out of your job and leaving a big vacancy that will be hard to fill. It might be time to move on.
2. You’re no longer learning anything new: When you’ve been doing the same job for a while now and you’re becoming complacent and bored. You may feel you’re not even using the skills you already have to the best of your ability anymore.
3. You’ve been passed over for a promotion(s) you deserve: You’ve been an effective team leader, worked extra shifts when asked, you’ve mastered your current job and have even helped train the new hires. Instead of promoting you, they’re hiring people from outside the company with less experience.
4. You still like what you do, but you’d like to do it in a different environment: Maybe you’re the F&B manager at a boutique hotel in a medium-sized city. Would it really excite you to work in a resort or on a cruise ship for a while? You don’t want to leave the field; you just want a change of scenery.
5. If your boss or upper management has recently changed and you no longer feel you fit in with the current culture at work: Your supervisor no longer wants to hear new ideas or implement any changes. Maybe you need a new job where your talents are valued and where you feel you can contribute.
6. You’re totally checked out at work: It’s so hard to focus, stay tuned in to guests and provide the best service you can. If every day is a drudge of repetition and you are no longer motivated, it’s time to move on.
7. You hate your boss: It’s possible that we all feel this way sometimes, but if it’s truly a relentless situation and it’s affecting your health, you need to look for a different position. If you like the company, move to another department or change your shifts where you won’t have to interact with the same boss anymore.
8. You can’t stop complaining about work to your friends and family: If all you think about is how much you hate your job and how unhappy you are, even when you’re not at work, you need to find a situation where you can expand your professional life and feel more satisfied.
9. You can’t sleep and you feel stressed all the time: If you’re constantly worried about work, can’t sleep and are feeling hopeless, it’s time to get a new job. Your health is suffering and it only makes a bad situation seem even worse.
10. You’re drinking a lot more than usual: If you need a drink (or multiple drinks) every day to relax after work, you should reflect on what’s bothering you and if it can be fixed. Work may actually be “driving you to drink.”
11. You’re losing your appetite or over-eating: Same situation as the alcohol. Stress can affect your eating patterns and it may be telling you that you’re not in the right job.
12. You’re arguing with everyone all the time: You find yourself arguing with your team, your manager or even guests, and you can’t seem to get a handle on it. If that’s the case, your job dissatisfaction is getting to you, and it’s time to look for another position.
13. It looks like layoffs are coming: When you see signs of downsizing, hiring freezes or mergers, there’s often no need to go down with the ship. Figure out what you need to do and get busy finding another job if you know your own layoff is imminent.
14. The company is engaged in illegal or unethical activities. Don’t participate in a career-ending situation just to be seen as “loyal.” Get out fast. You should never feel pressured to comply with activities that could hurt your career.
There was a time when people stayed in their jobs for their entire careers and hoped/planned to “climb the ladder” over time. That isn’t the case anymore. Today, most people only stay in their current jobs from 4 to 6 years. It’s much more acceptable to leave for a better opportunity or a more fulfilling position. You just have to know when it’s the right time to leave.