You have a steady job, and while you know that you should be grateful, you can’t shake the nagging feeling that it’s time to make a change. While employers do value candidates with a steady work history, it is also important that your career continues to grow. Here are some indications that it might be time to look for a new opportunity:
You have no enthusiasm for your work. Your job has become a chore. You dread going in to work and you count the minutes until you can go home. If you ever had any passion for this job, it’s long gone.
You aren’t performing well. You rarely receive positive feedback and find it impossible to achieve the performance objectives for your position. While this could be an indication that you need to work harder, if you are honestly doing your best, then you might want to try to find a position that is better suited to your skills.
You have a feeling that your job might disappear. In this economy, nobody’s job is secure. You never know when a position might be cut or when a company might go bankrupt. You need to pay attention to what is happening at your workplace and within your industry. If you get the feeling that your job is not secure, then it’s a good idea for you to start looking for other opportunities.
There is something else you would rather be doing. Your job and your interests are two completely different things. While you enjoy your job, your passion lies elsewhere. You would love to turn it into a career, but for now it’s just for the weekends.
Sometimes it can be hard to let go of a job (even one that is not fulfilling) but consider what it is costing you. Life is far too short to be wasting it by staring at a clock, waiting for the end of the day. Get out there and find a job that inspires you!
(Written by: Karen Bivand)