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Job Change Indicators

Changing careers is considered to be one of the most stressful life events and most people will change jobs at least four to seven times throughout the course of their life.  Even if you consider yourself a professional job hopper, you always want to make sure the time is right before you make the leap.

While finding a new job can provide you with relief, changing jobs can be a stressful process and many people are reluctant to part with what is familiar. After all, you know what to expect in your current job even if you’re bored with it.  However, there must be legitimate reasons for why you are continually unhappy in your current role and most of the time, switching jobs can bring positive results and move your career forward.  If you are unsure of whether or not it’s time to throw in the towel, here are some common reasons people are influenced to seek employment elsewhere:

Dissatisfaction

Your reasons for seeking a new job should be influential enough to make the stress of the unknown a worthwhile endeavor.  Overall job dissatisfaction is the main reason people leave one job for another—if your job is not satisfying or leaves you bored to tears, then it’s time to move on and find a fulfilling career.

No opportunity for advancement
If there isn’t any chance of promotion or moving up in the company, stop wasting time and move on to something new where your skills and accomplishments will be recognized and rewarded.

Not learning anything
There actually may not be anything wrong with the job you have, but if you’re not feeling challenged and are itching to do something new, look for other opportunities to put your skills to work for someone else.  Continuous education and skill development is critical to keeping a career moving forward. When that stops, it’s either time to look for additional tasks or time to move on.

Fatigue
Burnout happens! Maybe you have been driving the same commute for 20 years and solving the same problems over and over for just as long. Or perhaps you have an extremely stressful job where decisions can mean life or death and, after awhile, the stress is simply unbearable. Whatever it is, if you find yourself avoiding work and making any excuse not to go, then you need to find a new job.  

Compensation
Money is a consistent factor in anyone’s career decisions.  Although many may not like to admit it, money does matter, especially if you know you’re underpaid for your position, can’t make ends meet on what you’re making, or have financial goals that require a better source of income.  Leaving your job for one that pays better is a perfectly legitimate reason to move on to a new job.  In this economy, however, it is best to make sure you have a new job in line before quitting your old one.

If anything, don’t let the fear of change hold you back.  Longing for a new job won’t matter if you find fault in each potential job opportunity.  Yes, you could fail or get a horrible boss, but you could also risk being infinitely miserable in your old job.  There will always be risks and uncertainties, but taking risks often results in the greatest of rewards.