I know that it is time for me to start looking for a new job when I need an extra boost to start my day. It all starts from when my feet hit the floor in the morning. This feeling of “I ain’t got the time” just covers me, and I need something to get me going. Most people run for coffee… I normally run to get a bacon, egg & cheese sandwich from the deli. However, I didn’t want to put a picture of it here to get me thinking about one.
Summer time is the time of year when many people start looking for a new job since there is generally a more “laid back” office attitude in the summer months. Many projects have been completed, vacation time has been requested, and no one will question the random sick days that you request in order to interview someplace new. As a career counselor, I speak to clients everyday who don’t know when it is okay to start looking for something new. Some people just like to be told that it’s time, but there are definitely some tell-tale signs that it is time to pack up and try something new.
- You find that you are suddenly feeling bored at work.// Have you heard the old saying about boredom leading to mischief? Yea, that still applies when you are a grown up sometimes. When you get bored, you get comfortable. When you get comfortable, you start to slack. When you slack…. it’s time for a change.
- You’ve been there for a while and feel that you have outgrown your job. // This happens more than you think it does. If you have accomplished all there is to accomplish in your position and begin to feel constrained by your title, it’s time to take a look at your options. Maybe you need to have a discussion with your boss about upward movement or maybe you need to start surfing the job boards.
- You’ve put your time in, and the pay still isn’t where it should be.// Note that I said that you have put your time in first. You cannot complain about a pay level that you accepted and you haven’t put in enough time to prove that you deserve more. Once you’ve been in a job for at least a year and seen how the business operates year round AND you have mastered your job, it’s acceptable to start looking for more money inside and outside of your company. Having the experience to back the desired increase is essential for this to work!
- You’ve had a conflict in the office that is not fixable.// Conflicts at work are so difficult to get through sometimes. If you’ve had a conflict with a supervisor or coworker that is really affecting your job, then you may want to start considering your options. However, make sure you find a job before you leave you current job.
- You have put your time in and you cannot stand the company you work for.// Can’t stand where you work? Leave. There is no use staying somewhere that you cannot stand. Yes, I know the economy is terrible and jobs are hard to come by. I am not suggesting that you quit today. I am suggesting that you start applying to other positions at a company you feel fits you and your lifestyle.
- Circumstances in your personal life make your job even harder.// Changes in your personal life can be even harder if your job is making it more difficult. Maybe you got married and bought a new house with our spouse that is super far from work. Or maybe you are thinking of starting a family and you know your job isn’t really loving anything to do with work/life balance. Evaluate if there is anything you can do to stay at your job if you would like to stay, and if not, then start a job search.
- You’ve hit a glass ceiling.// At a women’s dinner this past year at work, the keynote speaker talked about what to do when you feel like you have hit a glass ceiling.
When you feel that you have hit a glass ceiling, find a bigger room.
Dr. Barbara Ross Lee
Instead of complaining that you can’t grow in your current job, start looking for someplace new where you can spread your wings.
How do you know that you need a new job?