Do I need to look for a different job?
Sometimes we get content for time to time, when the job that pays decently and comes with a good group of co-workers. Maybe your job isn’t what you have been looking for in a career, but you keep convincing yourself, “This job is fine—it’s not my dream job, but I can handle it for now.”
Maybe you are on the other side of the fence. The job pay is not up to industry standards and the co-workers are good but are not a group of people who you really enjoy working with.
There’s one piece of advice I can give to anyone who wants to advance professionally, and that is: Do not get complacent. Make time to regularly check in with yourself about your career happiness and goals and consider whether it might be time to make that next move.
- No feedback or unnecessary feedback.
If the manager doesn’t provide any feedback on your performance or the feedback is canned—it’s pretty tough to learn what it takes to move up within your organization and grow professionally. The best managers are completely engaged with your development and regularly offer good not random advice and guidance. If your manager doesn’t do any or all of these thing, you need to look for a career in another company.
- Not Learning
If you are not learning new skills or you are never feeling challenged, this is another signal a need to move on. You may not learn something new every day, but you should be constantly improving skills and acquiring new ones. Sometimes you have to take control of this path, ask to be involved in a project, signing up for free courses, or attending a conference or trades shows, for example. If these possibilities don’t exist at your current job, it’s another sign that the company is not serious about investing in your development.
- Regular Re-structuring
If your company regularly announces a re-org or shuffling/adding management around, this indicates leadership issues. A re-org can possibly offer an opportunity to show what you are capable of; but more often, they signal issue within the company. They also create a challenging environment for your career development needs to get any attention. Your priorities, focus, and progress will inevitably be affected.
- It Just Feels Like it is Time to Leave
Beyond any of these warning signs, don’t ignore what your gut is telling you. If you watch NCIS, Leroy Jethro Gibbs gut instinct is never wrong. No one knows your environment better than you. If you get a feeling that is it time to move on, check out the job sites and see what is out there..
Many of us spend well over 40 hours per week at our jobs, we owe it to ourselves to regularly look at our career situation. Even if we are perfectly happy, make it a habit to look at your performance and overall satisfaction. If anything of the above items look out-of-place it might be time to move on.