Tell-tale signs that you should leave your current jobChen Wan Lim
Starting a new job is exciting. With a higher pay, more responsibilities, new challenges, most people will feel a sense of pride and achievement after landing the coveted role they’ve been eying. However, truth be told, after a few months and years, complacency will set in and the passion you once felt for the job will no longer be there. Perhaps it’s time you speak to your boss for a different role or ask for different tasks to do. But sometimes, you just get the feeling that it’s time to throw in the towel. These are some tell-tale signs that you should leave your current job:
The learning curve has plateaued
New jobs are always challenging as there are many new things to learn. Any new job could require new technical knowledge or new on-the-job competency. However, the day will come when there is just nothing more to learn. You have mastered all the required skill sets needed and there are no visible ways how your current job could be any more different. The first step you need to do is to speak to a superior to express your predicament of wanting to take on more responsibilities or to change roles. But if that possibility does not exist in your work place, then it’s time to move on to other challenges elsewhere.
The company is not doing well
There is a clear distinction between loyalty and being realistic. The main reason most, if not all people work is to put bread on the table. Depending on the economic situation, certain companies do better than others. This situation is more prevalent with start-up companies where the failure rate is high. Do keep in mind that there is no need to go down with a sinking ship. You can just walk away onto a new boat with a more stable working environment.
You’re being overlooked
You might have once been the key player on the team where your opinions and ideas are being valued. In addition, you were also always compensated with good increments and bonuses for your contribution to the company. However, these days, your contributions are being overlooked and your ideas are no longer taken into consideration. There are endless reasons why this could happen. Suffice to say, you’re being overlooked. If you’re going through such a situation now, it’s probably time to move on.
There’s another passion waiting for you
It is possible to get bored with your current job, current field and current industry you’re in. Perhaps there is some other passion you have but did not get the opportunity to try it the first time around. If that’s the case, then you should pursue your passion when the chance comes. It is often easier to excel in something you are passionate about. If teaching is your passion and there’s an opening in a university for a teaching staff with ten years of experience in banking and finance, go for it!
You’re simply unhappy everyday
Last but not least, you could simply just be unhappy every day. You wake up feeling unhappy, dragging your feet to work and dread the thought of spending another eight hours at work. There are endless reasons why you could be unhappy at work – the reasons are often unclear. But whatever the reason may be, if you have tried to make your employment at your current work place enjoyable to no avail, then getting a new job could be the only solution.