Staying in the same job for too long can be very damaging. In years gone by it was considered a mark of success to only have one job on your CV, but jobs for life are considered mainly now to be stagnation and fear of progression. Sometimes the feeling it is time to leave can be overwhelming, sometimes you might just be out of sorts and not able to connect the dots. Here are four sure-fire signs that it is time to move on to pastures new.
You Stopped Learning
Being so good at your job, you can do it in your sleep is not a good thing. You are unlikely to be learning new things every day, but it is essential you get the chance to brush up your skills and add something new to your armoury. This isn’t always about additional income either, personal development adds to job satisfaction, motivation and a good working atmosphere. If you have tried and failed to open up new opportunities for learning in your current role, it might well be time to move on.
Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Monday’s
Ok, most of us do not like Monday’s, they signal the end of the weekend and mean we are back to the grindstone, but if you actually feel physically sick at the thought of Monday morning rolling around, you have a problem. If you find that you are taking advantage of the odd sniffle and sneeze to take a sickie, or coughing into the handset to convince your manager you are ill just because the idea of being there is getting you down, take the hint and start looking for something new. Believe it or not, it is possible to love your job, at least for most of the time.
You Turned into a Whinge
Think over the conversations you have at the dinner table with your family, what was the last text you sent to your bestie? If you find yourself becoming a work whinge, you may well have exhausted your time in your current post. When you reach the point that Sarah in accounts irritates you because she wears brown shoes, and Mark is just annoying because, well he breathed, you are either turning into the Grinch, or you are in the wrong job. Worse still, when the water cooler chat is a series of moans about pay, conditions or management, you know that it is time to check out new opportunities and head for pastures new.
Stuck on Social Media
It might be against company rules, but if you are finding yourself sneaking your phone to check out your social media, pick up personal emails and doing a spot of shopping, think about a new job. The right role should be engaging and challenging, leaving you only break times and lunchtimes to check your social life. If you are bored in your job you are also likely to be well below the desired productivity and it will only be a matter of time before you are in trouble. Move on before you are pushed, it makes it so much easier to secure a new, more exciting and engaging job.