5 Signs its time for a new job

There can be many valid reasons to look for a new job. The old adage that you need to be in a job to find a job is generally holds true. It is often wiser to quit your current job when you receive a firm job offer. However, if your health is at risk or your personal circumstances make a change more urgent, you may have to take a leap of faith. Whatever you decide, consider your options carefully, weighing the pros and cons of each scenario.

Read on for signs that its time to move on...

1. Poor Fit
If the way in which the company is being run does not fit with your personal ethics, if you dislike the leadership style or if the work environment does not suit you –you may be better off leaving. Poor cultural fit is something that cannot always be predicted when you take up a role and it is hard to fix once you are already there. You may have all the right qualifications and experience for the job and yet still not ‘fit in’. Don't despair. Not all companies are alike. Try elsewhere but before you start at another job be sure to ask very searching questions about the work culture, meet and talk to existing and past employees and if you can visit the office ahead of signing the contract to get a feel for the place. You don’t want to make the same mistake twice!

2. You're Not Being Challenged
We would all like to master our roles and become expert at them. Yet there still needs to be an element of challenge and stimulation to keep one's interest and further one’s professional development. Avoid stagnation at all costs. If you feel you’ve outgrown your current role and there is no room for growth within your organisation, its time for a change. Consider whether a role with more responsibility would provide the challenge you need or perhaps a similar role in a different type of company might provide the variety you crave.

3. You Hate What You Do
If you dread going to work each day and find every minute you’re there agonising, the stress of your situation could negatively impact both your physical and emotional well being. Don’t allow yourself to get depressed, immediately begin looking for an alternative. No job is worth making yourself ill for.

4. You Would Be Better Paid Elsewhere
If you discover that your current salary is under market rate or worse that you are paid less than colleagues in similar roles –it may indeed be time to move on. Pay is not everything, but it does matter! You may wish to consider if there are other perks to the job that you would not enjoy elsewhere, perhaps the work environment, opportunities for development, flexible hours, a short commute, etc. You will also need to consider whether it is possible to simply negotiate a pay raise. However, ultimately the chance to earn more money can be very alluring and rightly so. You need to know that you are being fairly compensated for the work you put in.

5. Your Job is in Jeopardy
If you have good reason to suspect you are likely to be fired, it can sometimes be prudent to jump ship before you are pushed. Few things are as awkward to explain to prospective employers as a terminated contract. By leaving of your won volition you avoid the stigma associated with being fired. Its not ideal but its better than the alternative.

This list of 5 signs is obviously not exhaustive. Many more reasons could cause you to consider leaving your current job. It can be a difficult decision. Ultimately the only real way to know if it’s the right time to leave your job, is to simply do it and see what happens! Remember to resign with grace. Give the required notice, complete assignments to the best of your ability, say a proper goodbye and thank you to colleagues and your boss. Try not to leave under a cloud but instead to leave with your professional reputation intact.