Being stuck in a dead end job can take a huge emotional toll, and make you dread each day that you wake up. It is however important to figure out if it is the job or you that is the problem! Let’s start by discovering the key indicators of a job that you should leave now!
1. Distribution of Work.
There are times when employees come and go and everyone has to pitch in, which is fine. But how about three, four months later when that person hasn’t been replaced and you’re stuck with double duty? If your work load has drastically increased due to an old employee, you have to ask yourself how much longer you can survive like this.
2. No Longer Invited to the Party?
If you suddenly find yourself out of the loop or not being included in important decisions and meetings, maybe it’s time for you to open your eyes! Be aware of what might happen with your future, and be prepared with a list of accomplishments in case you do get pulled up. Don’t take this one lying down.
3. Personal Interest
If that looming Monday morning dread hits you way to early on Sunday afternoon, it is a good sign that your job is not satisfying or pleasing you. This can come out in anger, particularly over small things that usually wouldn’t bother you.
Another good indicator, that you may not be aware of, is your productivity level. If you are no longer interested in your job, your productivity and the quality of your work will suffer.
Going through a job change can be really difficult, so it is important that you really want a new job before saying yes to this life altering decision. Be prepared for the job hunt, the interviews and the leg work of finding better, more suitable employment.
We have put together a list of questions you should ask yourself before making the change, and if you chose to do it, it could be the best decision you ever make.
- Are you performing to the best of your ability?
- Can you picture a future with your current employer?
- Have you tried to improve your situation to no avail?
- Are there career development opportunities?
- Have you tried to lift your spirits/change your attitude?
- Do you get positive reinforcement from your boss?
- Are you being paid what you are worth?
- Would finding another job force you to relocate?
- And if so, are you willing/able/prepared?