You worked so hard to get this gig. But something just doesn’t feel right.
Is it time for a new job?
Sometimes the clues are blatant, such as having a subordinate promoted above you or having your office — or your parking spot — taken away. Other indications are harder to assess; they may seem accidental, such as being excluded from meetings or denied essential information.
So how do you really know? What is the clearest indication of them all?
According to headhunter Jean Allen, a partner in the search firm Heidrick & Struggles, the answer is simple:
If you’re miserable, it doesn’t matter how perfect the job might sound on paper. It doesn’t matter if you’re the envy of everyone you know. It matters little if everyone around you feels as if they won the lottery every time they clock in. If you don’t feel the same… if you dread Mondays and can barely stand to breathe the same air as your boss… it’s time to move on.
Here’s six more warning signs that might make you scream “It’s time for a new job!”:
You’re Not Learning
This might sound minor — after all, you’re not in school — but for many reasons, the lack of intellectual growth is a huge issue. Simply put: If you’re not learning, you’re not growing. And if you’re not growing, the job is becoming routine, and boredom is sure to set in.
A fulfilling job offers challenges. It requires you to master new skills, to try new techniques, to absorb new information, and to meet new people. If none of that is happening, you’re stagnating. And pretty soon, you’ll be miserable.
You Can’t Seem to Get an Even Break
When you make an error, no matter how inconsequential, your boss jumps all over it. Meanwhile, your worthy contributions go unacknowledged. You haven’t received a raise or a promotion in a while, and perhaps many others at your level have.
Although you try to rise above it, you can’t shake the feeling that you are unappreciated… and unwelcome. When this happens, and talking to your manager about your observations doesn’t help, it’s time for a change.
Your Work isn’t Valued
The projects you are asked to do are clearly not on anyone’s list of highest priorities. You feel inundated with busywork; you can’t seem to get assigned to anything important. Or perhaps you don’t have enough to do, and you worry that you’re being sidelined. You’d like to contribute more, if only they’d let you.
Over the long-term, this pattern has a way of eroding your confidence and your enthusiasm. You’ll start going through the motions. And who wants to do that for a living?
You’re Suffering Emotionally or Physically
Maybe you’re angry and frustrated, so you’ve become a troll at work. Because you can’t express those feelings at work, maybe you’re taking it out on your friends and family. Maybe you’re developing physical symptoms commonly related to stress or anxiety. Or maybe you have what feels like a bad case of the blues.
If you suspect that these negative feelings, from anger to hopelessness, stems from your job… it could be time to move on.
Your Values are Not Aligned With Those of the Company
Maybe the company doesn’t really support a diverse workplace, as their career page represents. Maybe some decisions by upper management were easily rationalized, even though they weren’t the right thing to do. Or maybe its as simple as this: you no longer trust your boss.
It doesn’t matter what the specific issues are: If you often find yourself thinking, “That’s not right” – its time to start looking for a culture that more closely matches your values.
The Business is in Bad Shape
Professionally, you’re doing great. But you can see that your industry is in trouble. Now you’re hearing ominous rumors about your company. There have already been layoffs — and to your relief you’ve made it through. But a steady stream of cost-cutting measures is alerting you to the company’s continued downward trajectory.
No job – no company –is perfect; there are always going to be occasional rough periods. But if the problems are piling up, or you have the feeling that things are getting worse, it may be time to take the next step in your career.
Trust your instincts. If you suspect that things are not going well at work, you’re probably right. And remember: this is your career. More than anything else, are responsible for doing the right thing only for… you.
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About the Author: Robert L. Dilenschneider is the founder and Chairman of The Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations and communications consulting firm headquartered in New York City. He is the author of many books, including the best-selling Power and Influence and newly-released The Critical First Years of Your Professional Life. For more information please visit http://www.dilenschneider.com and http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/24146