This guest post from Richard McMunn offers some answers! Maintaining a career is what every adult strives to do in order to support themselves, and possibly even a family. It’s the dream of most people in the world to work at a successful job, provide shelter, and provide for a family.
There are times, however, that a job can take its toll and gradually push us into the area of stress and discomfort, and sometimes it’s enough that you simply have to let go. While it is a stressful moment, it is unfortunate, but in every way, it is completely necessary.
Signs to look out for as a way of knowing when it is time to quit your current job are:
1. A change of responsibility
Maybe you got married or had a baby. Either way the responsibility for those you’re providing for has changed and you need to search for something bigger or better, or offering certain benefits to properly take care of those nearest and dearest to you.
2. The relationship between you and your boss is damaged beyond repair
Whether the friction is on account of missing work on too many days, having habits they simply don’t respect or they have decided to have a problem with you and there is no changing it,this is a situation where they will constantly be on the lookout for a reason to let you go and the constant tension will lead to unbearable stress.
3. Your values don’t match the corporate agenda
For whatever the reason may be, you no longer mesh with what the company wants. Your values and the company’s values are at odds and it leads to a drastic change in your attitude at work. This is a sure sign that it is time to pack your bags and begin to look for somewhere you can fit in better.
4. You dread going to work
If you wake up and you truly dread the idea of going into work, it is only a matter of time that it becomes too much. If it is taking such a toll that you are losing sleep and thinking in your spare time about how much you don’t want to go, then it’s time to find something else to help you provide.
5. You have a poor reputation at work
For whatever the case, whether it’s how you’ve acted or certain behaviours, in all likelihood this reputation is going to stick with you for a long time. It may or may not be your fault, but regardless it’s impacting your ability to move up and advance to a level that will make your life easier. It is may be better to look for somewhere new to start afresh than bouncing back from something like this.
6. You feel no challenge or no pride
If you feel no challenge at work you end up in a position where you are only aiming at a dead-end point and you feel no reason to be there. Your attitude will gradually deteriorate and you will dislike each day more. This is one of the top reasons to leave your job.
So there you have it. This is a list of possible scenarios that lead to disappointment and devastating times in your life, but also a chance of renewing your life. When it comes to the time you move on from a job it can be difficult, that is stated without question, but it should in no way be a time you give up on yourself.
Richard McMunn is the founder of How2become, a leading career specialist for public sector careers and JobsInLancashire.com; an online jobs service provider in the UK. Richard has a real passion for helping people prepare for and pass tough recruitment processes and assessment centres in order to secure their dream job.