Back in the day, it wasn’t unusual for a person to find themselves a job after leaving school or university in their late teens or early twenties and stay there for their entire career. But times have changed, and nowadays career-driven people are often finding themselves having to scope out the job market and make fairly regular, strategic career moves in order to move up the ladder. For most people, it would be great to find a job when they’re young and be able to stay in that same company and be assured progression and recognition. Nobody likes the upheaval and stress of job hunting, meeting endless hordes of new people and the pressure of having to learn everything about a new environment from scratch. As such, it can be easy to get complacent and stay in a role that isn’t going to help you towards achieving your long term goals. If you think this maybe you, but you’re unsure of what to do about it, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled four surefire signs that it’s time for you to move on from your current role so that if you’re worried about stagnating in a job that takes more from you than it gives you, you can take positive action towards a brighter future in your career.
Simply put, you’re unhappy
Working isn’t easy. Ultimately, you’re trading your precious time for money, a large proportion goes on bills and necessities that you wouldn’t shell out for if you didn’t have to. Not to be gloomy, if anything we’re trying to highlight the importance of finding a job that you can become passionate about and that will make you want to get up in the morning and go. So if you’re waking up every morning dreading dragging yourself up and into the office, it might be time to consider moving on. You don’t deserve to hate what you’re doing for one-third of your life, and while it’s admirable that some people want to stick things out no matter what, it’s not admitting defeat putting your health and happiness first and calling it quits. If it makes you nervous, try speaking to some local recruiters about how your skills and experience could fit into a new opportunity, just to see what else is out there.
Promises are made but not kept
It’s obvious that companies want to retain their top talent. Sadly, some companies will try to do this while not rewarding the talent they have for their positive contributions to the business. It’s common for top talent to be promised promotions or pay rises, and it’s a fantastic way to reward and retain valued employees when it’s followed through. However, if you find yourself in the position of being a well regarded and leaned on employee who has been promised the world but it’s never materialised, it’s time to move on. There are a number of reasons why a promised promotion or pay rise might not happen, but unless this is clearly communicated to you it’s likely the company is trying to keep your skills and contribution but not have to shell out for it. As an employee, you won’t feel satisfied if you keep putting in 100% and you get nothing back. You should be rewarded and recognised for your hard work, not manipulated into overworking yourself over empty promises. Know your worth!
You want more money
Some people feel like it’s greedy to acknowledge that they’d like to be earning more. Even more people will never even think of asking for a pay rise, only accepting them when they’re offered. But if you’re an experienced professional who has been on the same salary for a number of years, you’re absolutely entitled to want to find someone that will pay you more! Maybe you work for a small company that doesn’t have the budget to pay you a higher salary, or maybe you work in a larger company that offers incremental pay rises, but it’s never going to be the kind of money you want. It’s important to be realistic, of course, but there is nothing wrong with finding a new role in order to increase your earnings. Do some research, and you’d be surprised at the range of salaries people earn for your skillset!
You have an unfulfilled dream or ambition
Many people will have an ultimate goal or dream they want to achieve in life. For some, it will be career-related – maybe you’re an office worker but you’ve always dreamed of being a lawyer, or you work as a teacher but have always wanted to become a scientist. We’re not here to tell you to chuck it all in and run after your dream blindly. We’re all adults, we have responsibilities, everything can’t just be dropped. But if there is a viable path you could take towards that dream and you’re too nervous to take the plunge, you should absolutely dive in! Life is short, so spend it doing something you love. If you can plan it, and you can facilitate it, why not do it?