As the economy improves and the labor market looks better than it has in several years, you may wonder if it is time to move on, especially if you spent the last few years hunkering down to weather the Great Recession.
Here is a quiz to help you determine whether or not it is time to change jobs.
For the following statements, choose true or false if you think the statement is a sign that you should make that change.
You know you need to change jobs if:
1) You get up one day and don’t feel like going to work. (True or False)
2) You live for the weekends. (True or False)
3) Your job no longer holds a challenge for you, and there is no room for growth or advancement. (True or False)
4) You have been there for five years. (True or False)
5) If you don’t make a move now, you are likely to get stuck in a rut. (True or False)
1) You get up one day and don’t feel like going to work. (False)
How you feel on just one day is not a good indicator of whether or not you should change jobs. If you don’t feel like going to work for a few months straight, that is a better indication that something is wrong and that you should start looking for something more fulfilling.
2) You live for the weekends. (True)
If the best part of your week is always the weekends, it’s time to think about whether or not your job is toxic and if you should start searching for a better work environment.
3) Your job no longer holds a challenge for you, and there is no room for growth or advancement. (True)
If you can do your job with your eyes closed, it may be time for you to look for a new challenge. You may need a larger scope of responsibility. If that is not available where you are, it is time to change jobs so that you can continue to grow.
4) You have been there for five years. (False)
It has become the norm to change jobs every few years, but if you are in a good work environment and you feel challenged and fulfilled, you do not need to change jobs just to suit the norm. If you have a great work environment and a great job, keep it. It’s rather rare these days to find that combination. I do suggest, however, that you stay abreast of the job market just in case you are forced to move on through a merger or layoff.
5) If you don’t make a move now, you are likely to get stuck in a rut.
It’s easy for human beings to stick with the familiar. But if you don’t take the risk of looking for something new, you can easily become overcome with inertia and miss out on an exciting career. As a career coach it is sad for me to hear people near the end of their careers expressing regrets because they did not take advantage of opportunities while they were available. It’s good to try new things and see where they will lead you.
If you are contemplating a job transition, talk to a certified career coach about crafting a strategic job search plan at 877-743-9521.