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4 signs it's time to look for a new job

Sharon Florentine | July 8, 2016
Don't wait until it's too late. Here's how to determine if it's time to polish up your résumé and start your job search.

3. Interpersonal issues

Personality conflicts, toxic coworkers, micromanaging bosses and other interpersonal issues can be a huge motivating factor in changing your career or your job. If you don’t get along with your boss, or with other members or your team, or if new leadership doesn’t mesh well with the company culture, you’ll quickly start to dread coming to work, Seidel says.

“Interpersonal issues like this can make all the difference between someone who loves their job and their company and someone who can’t stand their working environment. If you used to get along great with everyone, but you’re suddenly excluded from meetings, your input is disregarded or ignored, and you find yourself clashing with the company’s strategy and direction, well, that’s a huge red flag,” he says.

4. Self satisfied

Of course, one of the most important signs is your own job satisfaction and engagement, says Kelly Max, CEO and co-founder of talent management and HR software consultancy Haufe USA.

“Most of the time, people instinctively know when it’s time to move on, but it’s hard to admit to themselves. The biggest thing to really pay attention to is your overall happiness at your job -- are you learning? Do you feel passionate and purposeful about the work you’re doing? Do you have a growth plan and feel you’re set up for success? Or have you felt stagnant, stuck; are you emotionally and physically exhausted and the thought of going into the office makes you feel awful?” Max says.

If it’s the latter, don’t make any rash decisions, Max says. A good place to start is assessing whether your skills, talents and experience can actually be used within your current company to help effect change. There’s a reason you’re in your current role, so figure out if the company’s mission, values and direction are still in alignment with your own. If they are, then perhaps a new manager, more responsibility, a lateral move or some other change from within can be a beneficial.

If not, then start by reaching out to your networking contacts to see what opportunities are available in your field and industry while you’re updating your résumé, says Essex Partners’ Seidel.

“When you see these signs, it’s good to start networking. You not only can find out if you’re experiencing things that are fairly common in your industry, but you make yourself much more visible to potential employers and colleagues. From there, you can get in touch with recruiters, hiring managers and start applying for positions,” he says.


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