Four Signs It’s Time To Start Looking For A New Job


When should you start looking for a new job? Sometimes, it’s an easy decision to make (your boss is abusive, the company is going through a downsizing, you’re relocating to another city), but frequently the choice isn’t clear-cut. There are, however, some telltale signs to look for when trying to make up your mind. If any of the following circumstances apply to you, it may well be time to start working on a new round of cover letters and prepping yourself for a job search.

Your friends and family are sick of listening to your complaints.

It might be noble to suffer in silence, but most of us aren’t cut out for stoicism. If your nearest and dearest have started dodging your calls and emails because you won’t shut up about your job and they’re all one more complaint away from cutting you off, take heed. Not only are you alienating those around you with your bellyaching, your unhappiness is evident to anyone dumb enough to innocently ask you, “How’s work?” If you don’t have anything nice to say about your current position, it’s a sign you should start looking for a new gig.

Every little thing irritates you.

Your coworkers laugh too loud. The break room coffee is never hot enough. The elevator takes too long. Every single meeting leaves you wanting to flip a table. If you find yourself both cataloging and getting unreasonably annoyed at the little quirks of the workplace you might have shrugged off in better times, you need to take these feelings seriously. While it’s natural to be irritated by that guy three cubes over who seems to spend the better part of every afternoon loudly crunching on baby carrots, if you’re spending most of your working hours in a state of mounting annoyance, there’s clearly a bigger issue at play.

You can’t think of any change in circumstances that would re-ignite your passion.

Imagine getting a £10,000 raise. Imagine being promoted to the c-suite. Imagine your boss being replaced by a giant panda. If none of these things bring a smile to your face or the possibility of more money, more power or a cuddly new superior doesn’t move the needle on your feelings of ennui or dissatisfaction, it’s time to think seriously about looking for greener pastures. When the spark is dead, it’s dead. If you can’t envision a single scenario in which you’d feel renewed enthusiasm about your job, you’ve already mentally checked out.

Over the holidays, we’ll all be thinking about what 2017 will bring. So, whilst you have the time why not book a FREE 30-minute coaching session with me. If we decide to work together all January coaching sessions have 50% off. Happy Christmas everyone.

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