How to Know When to Move on from a Job

How to Know When to Move on from a Job

So, you’re loyal. That’s great! Maybe you’ve been with your company for a year – maybe ten. And you’re thinking about making a jump, but that’s a hard decision. How can you know for sure that moving from one job to another is the right career move and not just a case of thinking the grass is always greener on the other side?

Here are some helpful tips to evaluate where you are in your career and what the right move will be for your life.

Toxic Environment = Leave

Are you working in a toxic environment? Do you feel the negative energy beating down on you every time you walk through the door? Maybe you’re taking all that negative presence and stress home with you every night, coloring your personal life?

All of these signs point to you leaving, as soon as possible!

You don’t have to put up with a negative workspace, and you certainly don’t have to let it bleed into the rest of your life. No matter what your field is, bringing home your stress isn’t good, and dreading going into work every day is going to make your life that much harder.

Don’t settle for a toxic workplace, there are better companies out there that can treat you right!

Boredom = Maybe

Can you do your job with your eyes closed? Do you feel like you’re not being challenged, or that there is nowhere else for you to go?

This isn’t a surefire sign you should leave your job, but you should consider it. Being bored or lacking fulfilling within your career can be frustrating, and mean you are growing stagnant.

If you’re not ready to make the plunge quite yet, see what challenges your current workplace has to offer you. Look at open roles to see if a promotion could be a good fit, or talk to your boss about taking on new responsibilities within your current role.

Still not happy? Consider leaving. You’re going to feel better every day if you are working to make a difference, and your job will go by a lot faster on the day-to-day level if you’re learning and experiencing new things!

Bettering Yourself = Absolutely

Considering going back to school, taking classes somewhere, or joining a boot camp to switch your profession? These are all excellent reasons to quit your job!

Many people are afraid of leaving the ‘comfort’ of their current job in order to experience new things, but as long as you have done your research this is a great reason to quit. Going back to school for a first, second, or advanced degree could help you land better jobs in the future, and put you in a position where you’re really happy.

Check with your current workplace before you do – some companies offer tuition services, part-time work for students, or flexible schedules!

Stopped Caring = New Job

If you’ve stopped caring about your work, your job, or your coworkers, it’s time to find new employment. You’re doing yourself a disservice by sticking around, and even worse, you’re making the company and your coworkers worse while you’re at it.

Just because you’re not a good fit doesn’t mean those around you have to suffer. If you couldn’t care less about the work you do, it’s time to leave and find fulfillment elsewhere.