It can be tricky to know when to look for a new job and when it’s just a case that the grass is always greener on the other side! At our London recruitment agency, we decided it would be helpful to find out from recent candidates what helped them determine their tipping point for looking for a new job. Here are their illuminating answers!
1. Dreading Monday morning
“Sunday would arrive and I would feel sick about the coming week,” says Beth. “It wasn’t the usual lethargy that getting out of bed on a dreary Monday morning to face a long commute brought. It was a deep sense of dread. Without wishing to be dramatic, I felt like my soul was being drained. I knew I had to make a change and look for a new job.”
2. Things are too easy and boredom sets in
Will told us, “I love a challenge at work. I want to be developing new skills and stretching myself. When I find that work feels too comfortable and verging on boredom, I know it’s time to move on. There should be challenge in every day and I should be able to extend my skill set and if I can’t do this then I will look to find another job.”
3. Looking for a change
“For me, I knew that I was ready to move on because I just wasn’t interested anymore,” said CJ. “I started my career in fashion and then over time my alignment to the industry started to jar. It just wasn’t me anymore. I wanted to look for a new job that matched who I was as a person and my values.”
4. Taking random days off
“I’m not sure if it’s common, but I discovered for sure that I needed to change job when I realised that I was taking sick days that I would never have considered in my old job,” said Donna. “It wasn’t that I was more or less sick, it was that my personal threshold for using a sickness day was lowering. I knew that in previous roles I would have pushed through or requested an extra day working from home. It highlighted to me that my commitment to the job and the company was waning. It helped me see it was time to move on.”
Tom told us, “I became aware that I was envious of my mates. I was envious of the opportunities they talked about, and even the perks they got. I started to feel a little bit bitter about it and figured that was no good! I decided to do something about it. If I wanted things to be different for me it was on me to make it so, so I started looking for new jobs.”
Tel explained, “I was completely overwhelmed in my last role. Several people left and weren’t replaced and our workload was growing and growing. Despite attempts to talk to management, it felt like no one was listening, while more and more was being expected of the few. When another colleague handed in their notice, I knew that things would get even worse. I started looking for new jobs that day.”
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