How do you know when it’s time to move on?
Some people start at a job and stay with a company for their entire working life. This is rare but isn’t unheard of.
Most people stay with companies anywhere between 3-10 years and then decide it’s time for a change. But how do you know it’s time to leave and start a new adventure?
Well you shouldn’t really give a job a lifespan, but there are some deciding factors to help you work out how long you’ll be staying in one place for. I was told never to stay at a job any longer than 5 years. 5 years at a job, you should have achieved most of what you set out to do, be ready for a new challenge, or just need a change and you won’t be too comfortable that you’re afraid to move on. But sometimes picking a time to leave is out of your control.
Everyone has a bad day, a bad week, or a bad month at work, but how do you know when it is really time to move on? There are a few key pointers and if you notice these in your job, then it’s a sign to reflect and consider packing up your desk!
Have you ever noticed any of these signs?
· You’re bored all the time and constantly lose focus.
· Your skills aren’t being used.
· Your employers goals and your goals don’t match up and you spend a lot of your working day feeling frustrated.
· You feel physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted all the time.
· You don’t trust your company.
· You dread Mondays.
· You’ve stopped recommending the company to friends.
· When asked about your job and how it’s going, you don’t want to talk about it.
This all sounds really negative and let’s be honest – it is! But when you find yourself counting down the hours until you get to go home. It’s time to leave.
The key question is – are you happy? We spend so much of our life at work that you can’t go to a job 5 days a week, 7.5 hours a day and hate it. That is not a great way of living and won’t leave you feeling all happy and warm inside, which we need to get through each day and want to go home and be that positive energy for our families.
If you experience one or more of these points, then it is time to start looking elsewhere. Obviously you don’t want to jump ship without a safety net, but you do need to think about your future and where you see yourself in a years’ time. Is it where you are now?
Remember not to leave anywhere on a bad note – the key is never burning bridges. You never know who may be recommending you to others to get you to a place that is good for you.
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