Regardless of how much zest and zeal you may have had for your job in the past, there’s a good chance that your enthusiasm will wane at some point. In fact, studies say “the majority of Americans – 52.3 percent are unhappy at work.” Although a slight sense of dissatisfaction doesn’t necessarily mean that you should put in your notice immediately, there are three distinct signs that you need a new job.
Being Generally Unhappy at a Job
If you wake up in the morning and completely dread the idea of going to work, then this isn’t a good sign. Even worse, if it’s your day off and you can’t fully enjoy it because you know that you have to go back to work the next day, this is tangible proof that it’s time to go.
This level of trepidation and unhappiness not only impacts your professional life, it can put a damper on your personal life as well. In this type of scenario, you’ll definitely want to seek out other opportunities because almost anything will be an improvement.
Seeing Less Room for Promotion/Professional Development
Hardly anyone wants to find themselves in a dead end job where’s there’s virtually no way to progress and further their career. While you may not expect to move your way up to upper management or an executive position, it’s nice to know that there’s at least the potential for advancement so that you can work your way up the totem pole.
When you know for a fact that there’s no room for some type of promotion or professional development, it’s usually in your best interest to look at other companies where you can flourish and improve your career.
Not Having Any Long-Term Goals with the Company
Most employees want to feel like they’re truly part of the company they work for and that the success of their company directly correlates with their own personal success. This tends to translate into a positive attitude and sense of connection with their employer. But when you simply can’t envision having any long-term goals with your company or need to outline new professional goals, it’s probably not the best situation for your career in the long run.
While you may have been relatively happy with your current job initially, things change and peoples’ priorities change. If you’re not feeling an adequate level of satisfaction or have become disillusioned for one reason or another, it’s advisable to explore other options and opportunities. With any luck, you’ll find a new position that plays more to your strengths and puts you in a better position to thrive.