It’s not uncommon for women to analyze their careers in the new year. Perhaps, you’ve been thinking about searching for a new job or making a career change. In reality, it may not be a bad time to put yourself out there, as many companies start their fiscal year in January. This may allow them to make changes in their staff or hire new employees. Regardless if you make a change like this or not, it’s important to know what you want and pay attention to the signs telling you it may be time for a new job.
You Frequent Job Sites
Just as when you’re in the market for a new home or car, window shopping in your local business directory for a new job may be included in your daily routine. If that’s the case, you may have already mentally checked out of your job a while ago. This is a strong indication that you want more from your job/career. Furthermore, consider that you may not be doing your best for your current employer or yourself.
Your Work Isn’t Challenging
No one likes to be challenged on their job to the point of stress, but lack of growth and interest isn’t serving either. Keep in mind, the pace and difficulty of your work may have thrilled you at one time and has become boring after years of doing it. This simply may mean that you have outgrown your position and need more responsibility.
Try talking to your boss about making some changes or even promoting you to a new position. If this doesn’t seem to be in the cards, finding a new job may be the best thing for you and your career.
Constant Issues with Superiors or Staff
Everyone will likely have misunderstandings with managers and colleagues on occasion. This is a normal part of life and human communication. However, if you are constantly finding yourself in the middle of work conflict, there could be something wrong. First, I recommend that you take a good look at your attitude and behavior. Take responsibility for your own actions in the situation.
If your problem is with one person, try to work things out amicably before taking it to your boss. Even if you decide that your current place of employment isn’t for you, leave in peace without burning bridges if possible. Hopefully, your boss is a good leader and can help you realize that something that can be done to make your time there better. If not, it may be time to move on.
You Stopped Trying
Have you simply stopped trying to excel at your job? If it’s gotten to the point where you’ve stopped caring about the quality of your work or if you’ve just had enough, something needs to change. Again, you can try talking to your boss about how you’re feeling. Together, you may be able to figure out what’s going on and how to fix it. Do discuss it as soon as you can, though. You don’t want to leave with a poor work record or being seen as a quitter. That job reference is important now and will be in the future.