5 Signs you should start to look for a new job

Did you know that January is one of the best times to start looking for jobs?

This is for many reasons: companies are setting new budgets, reassessing their staffing needs for the year ahead and also because a lot of people’s new goals and new resolutions for the year ahead often involve fresh starts like finding a new job and then those jobs in turn need replacing.

It’s never been a better time to look for a job as it’s currently a candidate driven market which basically means, unemployment is low, and companies need you more than you need them, so you can somewhat call the shots. Lots of companies are also in competition so they’re upping their game on salaries and benefits.

So what are the signs you should look for a new job?

  1. You dread going to work

We would all rather be sat on a beach or having a lie in and then going for a brunch than be sat in the office but you need to somewhat enjoy your job if you’re going to stay there for the foreseeable future.

For five years I worked somewhere that gave me anxiety as I walked in and I thought that’s how everyone felt about work until I started working at companies I felt valued by in jobs I was passionate about. If you don’t enjoy anything about your job now, I guarantee there is one out there somewhere that you will enjoy.

2. There’s no career progression

This isn’t always a necessity for everyone, but for me, I have to know what’s next in my role or a job that changes daily. I don’t like being stagnant. Progression doesn’t necessarily need to mean a promotion it can mean training, qualifications, added responsibilities, or new projects to gain new skills in.

If these haven’t been made available to you after a considerable amount of time within your role you could try asking your line manager if there is any development within your company or a good indication of whether this is possible is if any of your colleagues have progressed in the time you have been there. If it isn’t there or it’s not being offered to you and it’s something you want, maybe it is time to leave. Sometimes it’s better to take a sideways step or even a step back to move forward.

3. There’s uncertainty about the companies future

This can look like a new acquisition, poor financial reports, restructures or redundancies in other teams. These aren’t always definite signs your job could soon be in trouble but they often are indicators. You want to work somewhere where you feel comfortable about your future prospects so why not work for a company where you know there is job security.

4. Your needs aren’t being met

Whether that’s salary, benefits or work/life balance. Now is the time to reassess and figure out what it is you want from your career and if your current employment can provide that then maybe look around and see if another company can. As I mentioned companies are stepping up their game to ensure they retain employees and attract new ones because the recruitment market is so competitive. They are constantly reevaluating how to make the workplace better for their employees.

5. It feels like the right time

When you know you know. If you’ve got everything you can out of the role your in then why not go find your next adventure and let someone else take over your role and develop and grow in the same way you did. There are so many new opportunities out there.

Be gracious about leaving and don’t harbour any guilt in going after what you want.

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