Jul 4, 2012
In the current economic climate, job listings come few and far between. News reports are constantly telling the story of how jobs are becoming increasingly competitive, with hundreds of applications for a single position. However that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t probe around the job market if you are unhappy or just want a change – take a look at these tips to identify if you need to be on the hunt for a new job.
1. Your performance has declined
A clear-cut sign of needing a change of job is a decline in performance. That isn’t to say that just having a bad day (or even week) is a sign of needing a change – we all have bad days when we feel like giving up work. You may find yourself unmotivated due to a lack of excitement or being overworked, but either way you can start looking for jobs while in your current position if you feel that you no longer perform to the best of your ability.
2. You can’t picture a future
Not being able to see yourself in five years’ time in the company is a sign that you need to move elsewhere. It’s unlikely that you’ll be in your perfect job, but you should be able to imagine some progression in your current career. Going on the jobs search for a career in which you can progress can really make a change to your whole lifestyle, so take a look at what’s out there.
3. Look at the pros and cons of the job
Although it may seem cliché, make a list of what you like and dislike about your current job. After that, it’s a simple case of subtraction – are your cons outnumbered by your pros?
4. Your skills have stagnated
If your current position has given you no chance to improve your skills, you may want to turn to the job listings page of your newspaper. Being challenged and improving in your job is important for the motivation of any employee, so if you aren’t receiving that basic requirement then perhaps it’s time to go.
5. Relocation seems appealing
Being fed up of your career is an opportunity to move elsewhere to work. Although this may be harder if you have a family that is established in their current life, the job search in other countries is much easier than in the USA. This could be a great chance for you to recreate your life somewhere new, so seriously consider it.