24 Mar 6 Signs it’s Time to Change Jobs: Do Any Apply to You?
If you read this and feel a pang of recognition, it might be time to reach out to your recruiter for a new opportunity. Here are our six signs it’s time to look for a new job:
- You dread going in to work
Whether you’re actually going into the office or logging onto a virtual team meeting, if you wake up screaming at your alarm or get that anxious Sunday night feeling before you go to bed, it’s time to evaluate your ikigai (the Japanese concept of aligning what you love, what you’re good at, what you can be paid for and what the world needs) and contact your recruiter to help you chase it.
2. You always feel overwhelmed by work
We all have the occasional busy period at work when there’s a lot going on and it might be difficult to keep your head above water. If you feel like you are constantly drowning in work, though, and it’s bleeding into your evenings and weekends a little too often then it might be time to start hunting that oh so important work-life balance that a new job could bring.
3. Your health is taking a hit
It might sound silly but hating your job can actually impact your physical health. You might come home from work feeling drained and have no energy to exercise, socialise, attend to your hobbies or cook a nutritious meal. You might feel so stressed that you struggle to sleep or so bored that you try to offset the monotony of the day with something that keeps you up late: let us introduce you to “Revenge Bedtime Procrastination”. This is the phenomenon where your everyday life is so lacking in leisure time that you sacrifice sleep for endless social media scrolling or a Netflix binge! Sound familiar? Start searching for that dream job that leaves you fulfilled and gives you time to be yourself.
4. You can’t be yourself
Is your workplace a toxic environment? Do you feel like you have to pretend to be somebody else to do your job or socialise with coworkers? Acting a part all day can be surprisingly draining. If your co-workers just aren’t your people or the company culture does not match your values, tell your recruiter and they’ll slot you into a new team like a missing puzzle piece.
5. You feel undervalued
Do you know what’s worse than sacrificing your time, effort and peace of mind for your job? Sacrificing your time, effort and peace of mind for a job and getting no recognition or reward for it. Does your job just expect you to pour your heart and soul into it? Does your line manager ignore, or worse, abuse or take credit for your contributions? You might be waiting for a thank you that will never come and be better off in an organisation that recognises your talents and work ethic. Your recruiter can find that for you.
6. Your gut just tells you it’s time to move on
It might be that just one of these signs rings true. It might be a combination of them. You might not even be able to put your finger on what it is. If your gut tells you it’s not right…you know what to do.