The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
The truth is that the longer you wait to leave a job that makes you miserable, the worse your circumstances will get for you in the long run. If you don’t find a new job soon, things will spiral out of control and you’ll be forced to look elsewhere.
Waiting until it gets to that point will cost you a lot in terms of your mental, social, and sometimes even financial health.
So, how can one tell if it’s not just a blip in the road? It’s a good idea to begin your job search if you notice any of the following six signs.
The term “burning out” is used interchangeably with long-term stress at work. The effects of burnout can be long-lasting, even though it’s not a medical diagnosis in and of itself.
Here’s a quick guide to the signs and symptoms of burnout. There is a good chance that your current job is damaging your mental and physical health if at least some of the following statements ring true for you:
- My productivity at work has suffered as a result of my inability to be productive.
- Most of the time, I look forward to my next workday with trepidation.
- Mornings are the most difficult for me.
- What I do for a living seems pointless to me.
- I haven’t had any notable professional achievements in a long time.
- I’m always exhausted and worn out.
- I’ve become impatient, cynical, and irritable.
- Feeling trapped, helpless, and depressed are all words that describe how I’m feeling right now.
- I have a hard time sleeping.
- Overeating is a problem for me, as is an inability to control my hunger.
- For me, stress-induced physical symptoms like unexplainable headaches and stomach issues are common.
- Chronic stress has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes type 2, and lowered immunity. That’s not even taking into account the mental health ramifications.
Changing jobs if you’re suffering from work-related burnout is a matter of self-preservation.
Occasionally, you feel the urge to immediately hand in a resignation letter. You’re looking forward to the day when you won’t have to do this job anymore. So, you’re daydreaming about a new job at a different company.
It’s possible that you’ve already given it some serious thought. You may have already scoured bluerecruit.com or LinkedIn to see if any companies are currently looking for new employees, “just in case.”
You may even have a well-thought-out strategy in place for changing jobs, including how to land an interview and how to finish your current projects.
You’ve already made up your mind, in either case, that you want to enter the pool of job seekers. Even if you don’t understand exactly why you want to leave your current job, it’s not a big deal. Stop delaying the search for a new job if you still have the desire to do so.
What will you be like in five or ten years’ time? It’s a bit of a cliche, but it’s something every single recruiter wants to know about. But when the only person you’ll have to answer to is yourself, you have no one to impress. Here, it’s a straightforward assessment of your current state of mind and your level of contentment with the direction your life has taken.
Probably, you’ll be horrified at the prospect of doing the same or similar work for the next ten years. Even a simple “Oh no” could be enough to send you reeling.
In this case, the current workplace is not the issue. As a result, it’s a sign that the career path you began does not align with your goals.
Furloughs and layoffs are always an option if your current employer is having financial difficulties. Check to see if the company has already taken advantage of this option, or if other industry players have done the same. Reduced workload and a dwindling customer base are two other telltale signs that you may be facing a layoff or furlough.
The thought of being fired may also be on your mind at this point in your career. Resigning is always preferable to be fired, no matter what the circumstances.
It doesn’t make sense to just sit back and wait for things to happen, no matter what. As a result, it’s a great time to begin applying for jobs before you’re out of a job.
In this situation, the first thing to do is ask for a raise. If, on the other hand, your boss has made it clear that this is not an option right now and will not be in the near future, you have every right to consider changing jobs. After all, it’s not the enthusiasm or the promises that will pay the bills.
Alternatively, you may believe that despite the high salary, the job’s drawbacks outweigh the benefits. Dissatisfaction with the work, lack of growth, a toxic work environment, and so on are all examples of these.
Keep in mind that your salary expectations should be realistic. There is no way you will be able to find a job that pays twice as much as you do now if your expenses have increased twofold while your qualifications have not.
Even though you have a lot of work experience, are you sure that you won’t be promoted any time soon? Do you think you’ve learned all you can from this job and there are no more challenges or opportunities for growth?
Most likely, if you’ve nodded in agreement, you spend most of your workdays bored to tears. No passion, interest, or satisfaction can be found in what you’re doing.
Wanting more from a hobby that consumes 35-40 hours of your time each week is normal. There’s no shame in looking elsewhere for professional development opportunities if you can’t find them at your current job.
Many experts believe that employees should stay in a position one year before moving on, but this isn’t an actual rule.
On the one hand, it’s true that your current employer has invested in you by bringing you on board. There’s no such thing as “too soon” to look for a new job if your current one is taking a serious toll on you.
It’s better to begin your job search without quitting your current position before making any hasty decisions. Job-hunting can take anywhere from three to six months, and many people cannot afford to live off savings while they wait.