Have you ever found yourself fantasizing about quitting your job for something better? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, 53% of people report being unhappy at work. Regardless, many people are hesitant to make a career move. It’s human nature to avoid change — and many people will stay at their current job even if they’re not happy.
If you’re one of these people, it’s time to give put your happiness first and consider looking for a new job. You may think that looking for a job in the midst of a pandemic isn’t the best idea. But despite these uncertain times, many companies are still hiring.
Before you decide whether you should stick it out at your current job or find something new, see if any of the following describes you. If so, it’s time to find a new job.
You Lack Passion
If you wake up every morning dreading your impending workday, it’s time to find a new job. You once felt passion for your job — you were excited to make a meaningful contribution to your company. But since then, other factors — dealing with difficult people, feeling undervalued, poor work/life balance — have caused your passion to dwindle. If your passion for your job is gone, chances are it’s led you to underperform. When you no longer have the drive you once had and are simply going through the motions every day, it’s time to seek new opportunities.
Your Career is Stagnant
When you started your job, you aspired to climb the corporate ladder. But to your dismay, you’ve been relegated to the position in which you started with no hope of going anywhere. Don’t settle for the way things are. If your job hasn’t lived up to your career expectations, it’s on you to find an opportunity that aligns with your career goals.
You’re Not Building Your Skills
To grow your career, you need to consistently build your skills. Without opportunities for professional development, your career will stay stagnant. If you aren’t taking on new responsibilities or being given the opportunity to build your skills, you may be in a dead-end job.
Your Boss Doesn’t Recognize Your Full Potential
You do well with the responsibilities you’ve been tasked with. And you know you could do more. But your boss hasn’t recognized that you can take on more meaningful responsibilities. What’s worse, no one has identified areas of improvement that would lead to you gaining more responsibilities. If you know you are not living up to your full potential at work, it’s time to seek new opportunities.
You Dislike Your Boss
Harvard Business Review found that 75% of people cite their immediate supervisor as the most stressful part of their job. There could be multiple reasons you dislike your boss — he hasn’t set clear expectations for you, she doesn’t value your input, or they’re just plain rude. Whatever your reasons, you’re not happy with your leadership. And it’s probably time to find a new job.
You’ve Decided to Find a New Job. Now What?
When you finally decide to find a new job, you can use all the help you can get. Recruiters are a great, no-cost resource for job seekers. At Burchard & Associates, we help accounting and finance professionals find opportunities that align with their career goals. Check out our available jobs or contact us today to get started on your job search.