Is now the perfect time to change jobs?

January is a time of new beginnings, new goals and a new outlook on life. So it makes perfect sense that it’s not uncommon to see a large uptick in recruitment at the beginning of the year. Businesses have finalised hiring plans and budget for the New Year, and candidates are more receptive to new opportunities.

But, when is it the perfect time to change jobs? Is there such a thing? Is the grass always greener on the other side? Or is staying put the best thing to do? In today’s blog we look at how you can spot when the time is right to make a change.

You’ve hit the proverbial glass ceiling

Career-driven people can often come to a difficult crossroads. The love of their company and work is overshadowed by a lack of opportunity and progression. You’re vying for a promotion into a role that’s simply not there. Or you’re competing with several other colleagues for one position. It can quickly become frustrating and you find yourself in a rut.

However, a word of warning first: before deciding whether to leave, make sure you’re right. Ensure you’ve covered all bases before deciding what’s next. Speak to your manager, assess your options. Sometimes a move isn’t needed. But, if you know for sure there’s nowhere to climb and you’re itching for opportunity. Take a look around and see what’s out there.

You dread going into the office each morning

Work is no longer fun. The thought of walking through the office doors in a morning keeps you up at night. That’s not normal. We spend so much time at work, it’s important that you find your work days at least mildly pleasant. Once the enjoyment has gone and dread kicks in, it may be time to move. Work invariably plays a massive part in your physical and mental well-being, so it’s important to take as much control as possible. We all have our off days where you can’t wait to leave the office, that’s normal. But if every day is an off day, then time might be up.

You aren’t being truly rewarded for your efforts

People are unique and we’re all motivated in different ways. Not everyone cares for incentives or longs for cash bonuses (although they are welcomed). However, it’s important that you are rightly rewarded for your service and efforts. Now, that’s not to say you aren’t rewarded already. You have a job and are paid to do it, fact. But it’s nice to be recognised for the hard work you put in.

If you feel invisible to your boss, that your work goes unnoticed or you’re just another cog in a large machine, it could be time to look elsewhere. Not straight away, but over time. The more it happens and the less you’re appreciated, the easier it will become to step away.

You’re taking your work home too often

Not all jobs are 9-5. You may need to work a little later or do some emails on the settee. But when does that become too often? It’s important to find a balance where you can leave your work in work. Productivity is reduced, stress is increased and it can effect relationships. Overworking has been linked to depression and it’s not difficult to see why.

Working during your downtime is going to bring resentment and have a detrimental effect on your peers. It can even damage home relationships if you’re constantly glued to the laptop. Know your worth and know when to relax; it’s essential that a balance is found.

You are too comfortable

Whilst being comfortable may be seen as a positive, it can be quite the opposite. Sometimes you are able to get the best out of yourself when you step away from your comfort zone. Putting yourself in an unfamiliar situation or taking on a new challenge is a sure way of testing yourself.

Once you get comfortable, complacency all too often kicks in. You start to lose control, opportunities fade away. Being proactive and finding a role that tests you is only ever a good thing for your career and your own self-esteem – whether that is a different within your current business or a completely new start. It is worth noting that more often than not, if you wait until you’re unhappy, you’ll just take anything you can get.

You’re in a toxic environment

An unsavoury work environment can make your job unbearable. This comes in so many different forms. Whether you’re working for the boss from hell, with unpleasant co-workers or in a negative environment; all can be extremely harmful to your job and well-being.

Firstly, don’t let one bad day put you off. Not everyone can be pleasant every single day. Work and life get in the way sometimes. However, if things are systematically bad over a long period of time, it’s essential you walk away. Negativity breeds negativity.

New Beginnings?

If any of these situations resonate with you, the writing may be on the wall. It may be time to take the plunge and make your next career move. That’s where we can help. Take a look at our vacancies or reach out to one of the team today.