We’ve all been there: the alarm goes off, and you roll over and contemplate if you really have to go to work. You trudge through your morning routine, sit in rush hour traffic, and slump down at your desk dreaming of turning in a two weeks notice.
If that’s just a case of the Mondays, no big deal. But, if this is happening quite frequently, it may be time to start looking for a new job – especially if you feel like it might be affecting your health, or even causing a health condition. Here are a few signs that it may be time to start seeking new opportunities.
You’re Unhappy Everyday
I know this one sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s absolutely worth mentioning anyway. It’s okay to have bad days. We can’t be 100% happy every day. It’s even okay to go through periods where you feel bored or dejected. However, if this is every single day, it might be time to start searching for a new job.
Don’t dismiss these unhappy feelings if it’s all the time. It’s not okay to feel overworked, underappreciated, frazzled, or unheard at work on a daily basis with no resolve. You’ll find that it’s going to cut into your productivity at work, but it’s also going to sift into your personal life.
Your Skills and Talents Aren’t Being Utilized
When you aren’t engaged at work, it’s extremely easy to lose interest. Not being able to use your skills and talents and getting stuck in a job that you’re overqualified for can make it hard to feel fulfilled because it’s not measuring up to your level of expertise. You may even end up hurting your self-worth.
It’s also worth mentioning that if you’re in a position that doesn’t use your talents, certifications, or other skills that you’ve worked hard for, you may fall behind on progressing or lose them altogether. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” This is absolutely true! Don’t let your skills waste away.
It’s Affecting Your Health, or You Have a Health Condition
No job is worth your well-being. Are you working so much that you don’t have time to exercise, sleep enough, or eat healthily? Are you so stressed and anxious about your job that you can’t sleep at night? Do you have a health condition that might be affecting your ability to work?
Have you added extra glasses of wine to your nightly routine just to deal? If any of this is sounding familiar, it may be time to cut ties with your job for the sake of your wellness. After a while, it’s all going to catch up to you, and your health – especially if you have a health condition, can (and will!) take a sharp turn for the worse.
There’s No Room for Advancement
Don’t waste all of your time in a job that doesn’t offer growth opportunities. You’ll end up hindering the development of your career in the long run if you stay in a place with no upward mobility.
It can be easy to get stuck, and sometimes it can be comfortable. But without learning anything new, enhancing your skills, or providing opportunities for promotion, you’re going to find yourself going in circles. Don’t give all of your time and energy to a company that doesn’t support your progress.
Before You Quit
If you’ve decided that it is indeed time to move on from your current position, you should still do so in a professional manner. Make sure that you give adequate notice, write a formal resignation letter, if necessary, and don’t be negative toward your boss or your peers.
Also, you may want to take the time to go ahead and ask for a letter of recommendation before you leave. It’s best to be prepared for your pending job search, and it’s easy for people to get busy and move on.