Knowing When It’s Time To Find A New Job

by Susan Mullin

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Knowing when it’s time to find a new job isn’t always easy. If you’re comfortable where you are, you can probably create a long list of reasons to stay put, even if you’re not completely happy. After all, there are risks involved in leaving the comfort of your job for something new. So, how do you know when it’s the right time to take a leap? Here are some important signs that it’s time to focus on career advancement in Washington DC and start a new marketing job search.

You Are Feeling Stagnant

Most people dislike feeling like they are spinning their wheels. It’s probably time to start looking for a new job if you’ve been doing the same job for more than three years and you aren’t:

  • Feeling challenged
  • Getting assigned new types of projects
  • Learning new things
  • Increasing your earnings
  • Advancing your career

You Aren’t Getting Paid What You’re Worth

Being underpaid is incredibly demoralizing. More importantly, it has a negative impact on your lifetime earning potential. If you know for a fact that you are earning less than market value, you deserve better. Whether your employer can afford to pay you more or not, you owe it to your present and future self to earn what you’re worth. (But, be sure to do research so you have good data and a realistic picture of what the market pays for someone with your skills and experience.)

You Have A Bad Boss

Even if you love what you do, working for a bad boss can cause you to hate your job. In fact, most people don’t leave a job; they leave the manager! Bad bosses come in all forms. Some micromanage. Others are authoritarian. Some are absentee but swoop in to take all the credit for success. Everyone deserves to work for a boss who supports you, helps you grow and considers herself part of the team.

The Company Isn’t Hiring

If you notice that there has been an upswing in people resigning and a downswing in new hires in your company, it means something is going on behind the scenes that should concern you. The company could be in financial trouble, or they may simply have such a poor reputation that no one is lining up to join the organization. Either way, if you notice more people leaving than entering, take it as a red flag.

Your Health Is Suffering

If you’re unhappy with your job, it has an effect on both your physical and mental health. If you’re calling in sick because you’re often feeling under the weather, or because you just can’t face another day, your body (and your spirit) is trying to tell you something that you probably already know in your heart: it’s time to find greener pastures.

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