Sometimes, we wait too long to recognize that a job situation is not a good fit for us. Let’s face it, it’s much easier to turn a blind eye to the the fact that you and your job are incompatible than brave the world of jobseeking again but this can’t last forever.
Waiting too long to find a new job can cause serious stress. Just like when you hang onto a doomed relationship, all of the cracks start to show. Things that didn’t bother you before are suddenly magnified and negativity starts to consume your work days which can have knock-on affects like depression, relationship problems, and residual anger.
And, if you don’t appropriately plan your resignation, you may find yourself at the end of your rope one day and impulsively quitting on the spot, which will ruin your chances to maintain a positive relationship with your past employer. Or, worse, you could end up getting fired because you’re not productive or your boss is tired of your bad attitude.
It’s best for you and your career if you can recognise the signs you’ve fallen out of “job love” before it reaches crisis level so here are 6 signs you need to find a new job…
1. You daydream about quitting. Outside of the occasional, bad-day-induced, “I need a new job, now!,” if you find yourself thinking “What if I quit? What would I say? How would I do it?” on a regular basis, it’s time to put that plan into action. Especially if these thoughts are accompanied by a sense of excitement and freedom because it’s the first step towards new opportunities.
2. You can’t stop complaining about your job outside of work — or worse, inside work. If you find that your contribution to nearly every conversation you have is dominated by negative commentary about your day at work, it’s time to drop the Negative Nelly act and take positive action to change your situation.
3. You’re not sleeping well. Whether you’re finding it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep because you’re worrying about work or dreading going back to work, something’s got to give. Sleep is crucial to your health – especially your mental health. Lack of good quality sleep can exacerbate a difficult situation and make a bad job seem even worse.
4. You genuinely dread Mondays or your mornings are filled with anxiety. Everyone loves to hate Mondays and mornings, but if you’re finding either trigger an unusually negative emotional response that consumes your thoughts and makes your heart sink to the pit of your stomach, it’s time to plan your exit strategy.
5. You just can’t motivate yourself. When you’ve fallen out of job love, the passion and creativity evaporates so it’s much harder to keep up an acceptable level of productivity. Checking your phone or Facebook every 5 minutes or finding any excuse to get away from your desk are key indicators that you need a more mentally-stimulating job.
6. Your work relationships are strained. When you’re not happy at work, your sensitivity is on high alert and you may find you’re biting your tongue or arguing more often with co-workers or bosses especially if you don’t feel you have control over your work. Your patience also wanes so you’re more likely to be passive aggressive. Whether you think it’s an obvious change or not, it doesn’t take long for others to pick up on your unhappiness. So if you’re aware of it, it’s definitely time to start looking for a new position. It’s better to leave a job on good terms so you can keep your past employer and coworkers as a source for recommendations and networking connections in the future.
If more than a few of the signs above resonate with you, give yourself some time to consider what the root of your unhappiness is — the role, your boss, the company, the industry, the environment? Sometimes it may just be that you’re stuck in a rut and it’s time to progress to the next level within the same company. Others, it’s time for a full blown career change. Whatever is right for you, there’s never a better time than the present to make a change. We spend such a large percentage of our lives working, we all deserve to find a job we love.