6 Warning Signs That It’s Time To Find a New Job

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For some, their jobs are simply a means for a paycheck. For others, it’s a part of their identity and a source of fulfillment. However you feel about your work, it’s important that you’re in the right role at the right company.

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“Not everyone needs to love their job in order to live a happy life,” said Jim Sullivan, an HR expert and the CEO of recruiting agency JCSI. “Some days are always going to be better than others.” However, if those good days are few and far between, you might be wondering whether it’s worth sticking around. Here are six telltale signs it may be time to find a new job. 

1. The Situation Has Grown Stagnant

Do you feel unfulfilled? Do you wish your role would evolve, but there doesn’t seem to be any room for change? “You may want to look into finding a new job, especially if you are just starting out in your career,” Sullivan said. “A job should always make you improve and want to learn on a daily basis.”

If it doesn’t, you risk becoming bored and less productive. Even worse, you’ll end up hating your job and the work you do.

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2. You’ve Become the Debbie Downer

Career coach Joana Fonseca Orvalho said that every office has “that person.” As in, the one who’s known for complaining, putting down new initiatives and turning just about everything into struggle. “Maybe they were once positive, full of energy and enthusiastic about new projects or improving the way things were being done,” she said. For some reason, they now seem like they’ve had enough.

“If this person is you, it’s definitely time for a job change,” Orvalho said. It’s understandable if a difficult or even toxic workplace has left you feeling pessimistic most days. However, you don’t want to create a bad reputation for yourself within your industry or amongst your work colleagues. “The world is a small place and you never know the repercussions of that in your career,” she added.

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3. Your Personal Life Is Suffering

Being a hard worker is one thing, but it should never feel like work is taking over your life. If you’re losing sleep worrying about what’s going on at your job, or you’re too busy to have a social life, it’s probably time to make a change.

“Your life should not be impacted drastically by your work, especially if you are not a manager or high up in a position,” Sullivan said. Overworking leads to burnout and exhaustion, and even negatively affects your personal relationships. “You need a healthy balance between home and work life, which is difficult to do if you are always at work,” Sullivan added.

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4. You Feel Undervalued

Maybe your manager doesn’t support your professional development, or you have evidence that you’re being underpaid for your role and experience. If that’s the case, you’re being undervalued, which can be disheartening, Orvalho said. That makes it tough to show up everyday and do your best.

“You need to be selfish when it comes to achieving your professional goals — always go for the solution that suits you best,” Orvalho said. That might mean leaving your gig for a company where your time and skills are more appreciated.

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5. The Company Culture Doesn’t Match Your Values

Every company has its own unique culture. Maybe you’re working for a startup that subscribes to a “work hard, play hard” approach. Or perhaps the environment is more corporate and reserved. Either way, you should be sure that the company’s values are in line with your own.

If not, you might feel like an outsider or at odds ethically. “This can cause friction between yourself and your job … causing you to resent work and the people around you,” Sullivan said. “If you do not like the environment you are working in, it can be difficult for you to care and your work will suffer,” Sullivan said.

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6. Thinking About Work Literally Makes You Sick

The “Sunday scaries” happen to just about everyone every now and then. However, if thinking about work regularly makes you feel anxious, depressed or sick to your stomach, it might be time to consider whether that job is really worth the negative impact on your health.

“Your health is the most important thing you should protect, both mental and physical,” Orvalho  said. “So if your job is starting to impact yours, this is your cue to get out there and get a new role.”

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