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If your job is making you unhappy it may be time to start thinking about what you can do to make yourself happy.
So at Search we thought we would share some experiences of when it may be time to start looking for a new job.
1. You spend more time clock watching than working
Arrive at work. Check the time. Morning coffee. Check the time. Open emails. Check the time. If your working day revolves around the idea of checking the time it may be time to check out other jobs.
2. You’re miserable every morning
There is a difference between not being a morning person and being completely miserable every work morning. It’s normal to be tired in the morning. It’s not normal to have a sense of overwhelming dread about the thought of going into work that morning.
Changing a job may not make you spring out of the duvet in the morning but it may stop you staring out the train window, mildly depressed every morning.
3. Extreme Boredom
Some days at work will always be more exciting than others, but when it’s boredom each and every day it may be time to move on. You spend too much of your life in work to waste your time being bored. If your work is boring with no real benefits, why are you sticking around?
4. You don’t get on with your boss
Not seeing eye to eye with your manager is fairly common, but if they are making each working day a nightmare it can be a total blight on your working life.
Sometimes a horrible boss can be enough to drive employees to quit if they are selfish, miserable, controlling, and not forthcoming with credit for your hard work. Any of these can be enough to push someone from his or her current job.
5. You suffer from Sunday night syndrome
Just like being back at school, Sunday nights are a constant source of dread. Rather than being able to enjoy your Sunday evening you instead are filled with thoughts of returning to work the next morning. When you spend your free time away from work dreading going back to work, it could be a sign its time for a change.
6. You are going nowhere
If you are stuck in a dead end job you may be thinking about the lack of opportunity for promotion. If it is clear there is little chance for training and development in your current job it may be time to start looking elsewhere.
If you have reached a stage in your career where you feel like changing jobs, it is important not to rush into any quick decisions. Take the time to ask yourself what exactly it is you are looking for and what you need to do to achieve this.
If you do decide it’s time to move on, be sure not to burn all your bridges with your old employer. We would all like to kick the door down screaming “I Quit!”, but remember you may need help in the form of a reference at some point down the line so you want to leave behind a professional working relationship.