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How to decide if it is time for a new job

9th March 2020

It’s normal to experience boredom from time to time in any job but before taking any hasty action, stop and think about whether the job has really run its course or whether this is a temporary blip and things will get better. Here is how to decide if it is time for a new job.

Working out whether your current job has let you achieve the level of success you want should give you an idea of whether it is time for a change.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you enjoying your job?
  • Do you feel motivated by the people you work with?
  • Do you have a good work/life balance?
  • Have you enjoyed the challenges you’ve met in your work?
  • Have you been promoted in line with your talents?
  • Do you receive a salary that lets you live the way you want?
  • Built up expertise in your line of work?

Signs it might be time for a new job include:

  • Constantly complaining about work to friends and family.
  • Dreaming about retiring when you’re nowhere near that age.
  • Problems sleeping.
  • Stress-related health issues such as anxiety, headaches or a general lack of energy.
  • Feeling bored at work.
  • Hating your boss or people you work with.
  • Dreading Monday mornings.

If you do decide it is time for action, the next decision is whether it is a change of role, a new organisation or something completely different.

Do not make any radical decisions without thinking things through. It may also help to talk about it with an impartial friend or family member before deciding whether you really want a change.

If you do decide it is time for a new job, then work out a plan of action that will help you move in the direction you want.

Remember, it is generally not a good idea to express feelings of discontent or of wanting to move on to your work peers or superiors.

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