With Christmas done and the New Year celebrations out of the way, now is the time for reflection as we look back on the past year and make our plans for 2018. One of the most common resolutions people make during this period is to find a new job. It will come as no surprise that January is one of the busiest times for recruitment companies as people take the first steps towards finding their dream job. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to move on, here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do you dread Monday mornings? Of course, we all enjoy the freedom of our weekends, but if you go to bed every Sunday evening with a feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach, you’re probably working in the wrong place.
Are you learning new things? Money is very rarely the only factor that plays a part in someone’s decision to stay in a role or accept a new one. Studies show that employees (particularly Millennials) place training and development high on their agenda. If your role isn’t challenging you anymore and you’re starting to feel bored, it might be time to move on…
Do you feel appreciated? One of the most common reasons people decide to move to new pastures is simply because they don’t feel valued. Does your boss let you know when you’ve done a good job? Do they listen to your opinion? Are they sharing pertinent company information with you? Does your employer offer you flexibility when you need it? Are you fairly compensated financially for the job that you do? If you’re answering no to the above questions, it’s not surprising that your motivation has dipped and you could be much happier working for a company who values you.
Are you being made promises that haven’t been kept? Another key factor that drives employees to leave are broken promises. Typically these include promotions, additional training, a pay increase and new responsibilities. If you’ve been made promises that never materialise, it’s likely you’ve started to lose trust in your employer and your energies are likely to be better spent with a company who follows through and takes action.
Do you feel like you’re making a difference? A key motivator for many people at work is being able to see the difference that their contribution is making and knowing that they are adding value. If you’re starting to question the purpose of your role or indeed the values of the company you’re working for, it’s probably time to look for something more meaningful.
Does your team hold similar values? Cultural fit can play an extremely important part in our happiness at work. Do your colleagues have a similar work ethic to you? If not it could potentially lead to frustration and resentment if you feel that you’re doing more than your fair share compared with other members of the team. If this is the case it might be better to look for a role within a more like-minded company.
Does your company offer the opportunities you want? In many cases, people decide to move on because they want to progress further and there are no more opportunities to do so. If you’re hoping to progress and you still like your company, it’s a good idea to look at other opportunities within the business that could allow you to expand your skill set. If not, then it’s probably time to continue your growth elsewhere.
There are many things to think about when you’re trying to decide whether to leave your current role. These questions are certainly a good place to start and should help you realise what’s missing from your current role and what’s going to be important to you in your next company. You can then focus your energies on finding your perfect job in 2018.
If you do decide the time is right to move on, it’s worth downloading our free guide ‘5 Simple Steps to Guarantee More Job Interviews.’