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Your next job opportunity – 10 signs that the time is right!

How do you know it's time to start looking for your next job opportunity?

How do you know it’s time to start looking for your next job opportunity? Image by slightlyeverything.

In the words of The Clash, “Should I stay or should I go?”

We do things differently at Marble. Our aim is also to provide jobseekers (both active and passive) with not only great opportunities but also great career advice. We have prepared a list of 10 telltale signs that might indicate it’s time to start looking for your next role.

So how do you know when it’s time to go? Let’s take a look…

10. You dread going to work

You wake up to the deafening sound of your alarm clock, 6 months earlier you sprung out of bed ready to take on the world and now your alarm clock is your worst enemy. If every day on the way to work you say to yourself, “Is this the day I’m going to resign?” it is probably time to move on.

9. You’ve lost your work motivation

If you are better friends with your barista than your boss and you need 4 coffees a day to stay pepped then you may be lacking motivation. There are several reasons why you could have lost your motivation, and it may return but when you’re no longer excited about producing quality work, this could be the time to look for a new opportunity.

8. You feel less challenged in your role and daydream constantly

Your job should challenge you, and it’s important to be constantly learning and growing. If you are finding yourself bored it might be worth speaking to your supervisor and asking for different responsibilities. If they are not available, it’s probably worth considering other opportunities and challenges.

7. You become less considerate of the thoughts of your coworkers

Picture this: An impromptu meeting to discuss a project complication. Do you actually listen to what your co-workers say, or are you reciting in your head what you are going to say next? It is important to be considerate of your co-workers’ opinions; if you are starting to concern yourself only with how you are going to sound this could mean that you are mentally checking out of your team. It is important to maintain good work relationships but if you are finding yourself pulling away it might be time to find a new opportunity and keep the professional relationships.

6. You don’t feel there is much scope to progress at the company

If you don’t feel that there are still opportunities for you at your current role then it may something to bring up with your supervisor or manager. You could look into further education or training to create more opportunities for yourself. If management are not as supportive as you’d like, it might be time to go.

5. You feel overworked, and under appreciated

Do you ever find yourself humming, “she works hard for the money”? Work life is cyclical in that there will be booms and busts, periods where longer hours are required. If you are consistently being expected to work longer than think is reasonable with little appreciation then you should probably weigh up your options.

4. Your performance has dropped

Not excelling at your job? It might to be time to evaluate your choices. Lack of motivation can be contributing to underperformance, or it may have come as a result of cultural changes at the company resulting in increased expectations that are not aligned with your skill set. Maybe you’ll find a job that better fits your specific skills, interests and expertise and were you can kick some butt is just around the corner.

3. You’re relationship with your supervisor has broken down

If your relationship with your manager has broken down, it can create a very stressful situation. The resulting lack of mutual respect can cause more issues than it’s worth, even if on paper you enjoy what your role entails on a day-to-day basis. You owe it to yourself to surround yourself with the right people – first try to speak with your supervisor if the circumstances are permitting, and if not resolved chat your HR representative. If your team is falling flat as a result of tension, it’s time to find a new one.

2. You’re constantly getting overlooked for projects.

If no one is giving you the chance to prove your mettle, you can quickly become frustrated. If you are looking for the opportunity to take more ownership of your work, you may have to look further afield.

1. You are unhappy

Life is short. Regular bouts of sadness at work or a general sense of malaise that lifts the second you walk out of the door are both strong indicators that your job is making you miserable. Think back to 6 or 12 months ago. Did you feel the same then? Chances are no, or you probably would have made the move months ago. Take stock of your current role and see if signs 2-10 also sound familiar. Take some time off if you can afford to do so, come back refreshed and revitalised, and start the search for your next career move.

At Marble we pride ourselves on guiding you through the process of finding the role that’s right for you. If you feel that you are ready for your next opportunity, one of our consultants would love to talk to you confidentially about your options.

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