Right now, many of you will be reading this blog from work. While reading this blog, some thoughts about your career, current job, and any frustrations may pop into your mind. It’s no secret that that this generation isn’t the “stay at a job until you retire no matter what” generation. We’re always looking for a come up, or a new situation. The real question to ask is “how do you know when it’s time to leave your job”? Well, I have a few telling signs that it might be time to update your resume and LinkedIn page:
You’re more on edge than normal
Are the usual jokes from co-workers not even remotely funny anymore? Is a simple request for an email response met with a desire to throw your computer off the nearest ledge? You might have hit your boiling point with the company. There’s no reason to HAVE to work in an unfavorable environment, and if you are constantly frustrated with your situation to the point where any little incident will tick you off, then you might want to consider a power switch.
You hate your job
Many people get placed in a situation where their current occupation isn’t “what they went to school for”. Once you graduate college, you ideally want to get a job or go into a career field that mirrors the degree you earned. Sometimes, however, you take that job with a company hoping to find your niche, only to realize years later that you can’t stand it at all. Maybe it’s the menial tasks, nature of the job, or the complete deviation from your interests and skill set, but you can no longer accept that you do a job that you don’t love (or love enough). Looks like it’s time to walk on by.
You are grossly underpaid for what you do
I understand that this could be said for every employed person who isn’t a rich CEO getting million dollar bonuses, but a lot of companies are looking to use “the Recession” as a crutch to why they aren’t paying their talent what they deserve. Yes, we are all happy to “have a job”, but at what point do you stop being content and start to demand more out of your employer? I used to ask my dad for sneakers all the time and video games. He would “next week” me a lot (tell me he got me next week and turn it into a swindle), and eventually I got tired and started doing odd jobs as a kid to save my own money to get what I wanted. Along the same lines, with our American economy slowly recovering, competition is heavy for good people now. So employers will have to boss up, or see their talent leave. Don’t let them G you either!
You don’t work at work (more than usual)
Unless you’re doing construction or something that forces you to be active 24/7, people BS a lot at work especially in 2011. Fantasy Football, blogs (lol), social media, new sites, and other Internet time consumers have assisted in people spending idle time engaged in stuff other than work. If you find your BS time to be >>>>>>> actual work time, this is a prime example that you are BORED and might need a change. Now, some people may enjoy this, but if you can notice it then that might be an issue as well.
You constantly look for other jobs while at work
If you already envision yourself out of the company and are taking active steps to meet that goal, on the job, then it’s safe to say it’s not only time to leave, but you have one foot out the door. We all will hear offers and attain leverage, that’s called business! We have to be loyal to our careers and not employers, because just like the Knicks players found out, an employer will dead you in a heartbeat or make a move if in the end it improves their bottom line, regardless of personal connections.
What signs do you see that will tell you it’s time to bounce from a job? Any job venting? Any readers fortunate to mostly like their current situation? Any past job horror stories?