When it comes to change .. many people are simply chang-o-phobic (is that a word ?), or let’s just say very reluctant to change. “If it works, don’t fix it” would be their motto in life. Fear of change is at many times the key limitation for a person’s growth in his career, or in life in general. Others might have more serious reasons not to change jobs. But there comes a point in time where you would ask yourself .. when to change jobs?
First if you are asking this question, then it just might be the time for a change! If you are usually satisfied with your job, the thought wouldn’t pop into your head. There has to be something that is bothering you and prompting you to consider the potential job change. It can possibly be the work environment, but hey, don’t rush just yet, there are a number of things as a checklist which you might consider looking at and which can push you to Love Your JobÂ again, or to Have Fun at WorkÂ and hence change your work environment perception. If the above fails, then it’s probably a first sign into considering changing jobs.
Do you have an annoying boss who simply doesn’t seem to understand you? this might be another reason that is unconsciously (or consciously) driving you to change jobs. Several advises for identifying your bad boss and how to resolve the situation.
Do you feel underpaid? This is also a key causes for people to leave jobs. You might have been asking for a raise for some time now, or the company’s situation simply does not permit a raise at this point in time, your management does not see a “need” to give you the raise, or they do not feel your dedication into the job and hence the need to give you that push. Many questions you need to check with yourself to see where do you fit.
Are you bored? or you just acquired more skills or degrees? some people just get bored of performing the same role over and over again, and do not feel any further growth in their career performing their current job. Hence the need for a more challenging job and a career growth potential which can only be answered at times with a new job.
How long has it been at your current job? Jumping out of a job too soon is a bad thing, at least if done too many times and even for the good reasons. It does affect your future employment opportunities, but again staying too long at a current job will cause you to .. expire!Â consider why has it been this long you are still at this position, at this organization, are you being promoted? what happened to your career path? consider all of these factors to make the decision about moving out or not.
Did you get a great offer you cannot refuse? that might be a great reason .. study it well, take on the pros and cons, and then go ahead with your decision. A great offer combined with the frustration an employee might be having could be his way out to a way improving career.
You just need to prioritize against all the reasonings we provided above, weigh them against each other and against risks of staying without a job, handling your responsibilities, possessing the right amount of money and savings, and then take your call. And the last piece of advise i give you, do not leave your job without at least getting some guarantee for another job, or source of income. Losing income is a serious issue, and you don’t want regrets later on
and whatever your choice be .. good luck!
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