Tell-tale signs that show it’s time to look for a new job

Long gone are the days when a working professional could expect to stay with the same company for a lifetime, banking on experience and merit to slowly climb the corporate ladder. These days, job hopping has become the norm, and you no longer have to concern yourself with a laundry list of rungs on your resume. If you’re happy where you’re at and you have opportunities for advancement, that’s one thing, but if you’re itching to get ahead, there’s no reason not to keep your options open.

In fact, according to Forbes, it’s wise to consider changing jobs every 3-5 years if you want to get the most from your chosen career path. This will help you to stay connected to your changing industry, continue to grow your professional network, amplify your skillset and your reputation, and provide you with challenges that make your work fun and fulfilling. If you’re itching to try something new, here are a few signs that it’s time to start searching for a new job.

You’re unhappy
We’ve been conditioned to believe that a job is nothing more than a way to pay the bills. It doesn’t really matter if you like it or not, it’s a means to an end. Right? Not so. Says Paul Wolfe, the Senior VP of Human Resources at career website Indeed, “We have [a limited] amount of time on Earth, and I want to be as happy as possible.” Words to live by. If you dread going to work each day, your stress is through the roof, and you have nothing positive to say about your job, it’s time to move on.

You’re bored
We all need challenges to remain sharp and motivated, not to mention fulfilled in our work. If you’re spending eight hours a day performing the same tasks as yesterday, last week, or a year ago, you’re not living up to your full potential, and you’re likely bored out of your mind. If your job can’t provide you with thrilling challenges that make you want to get up in the morning, you’re only wasting time.

Your prospects are limited
The prospect of promotions and raises could be enough to keep you with the same company, even if you don’t particularly like your current job, but what if you don’t have a carrot to chase? Says Vicki Salemi, a career expert at Monster.com, “If your boss is not going anywhere, and you don’t aspire to have a director or manager-type role, then there’s really nowhere for you to go.” If this is the case, it’s time to look elsewhere for the opportunities that will take your career to the next level.

Post by Sarah Harris

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