Ever found yourself repeatedly staring at your watch at work, wondering if the time could move any slower? Or maybe you’ve dreamed of becoming a professional blogger instead of attending yet another pointless meeting. If these thoughts sound familiar, it might be time to consider a new job. December and January are usually two months of a year when people reflect on their next career steps. But how do you know for sure? Buckle up, as we explore this conundrum.
The Monday Morning Blues…
If you start experiencing the dreaded Monday morning blues on a Saturday, it’s a pretty solid sign. When the thought of going to work feels like being cast in a never-ending Groundhog Day, but without Bill Murray’s pay packet, it’s time to update that resume.
Your Coffee Break is the Highlight of Your Day
If the highlight of your workday is your coffee break, and you’re not a barista, something might be amiss. While coffee is a magical elixir, if it’s the only thing keeping you sane during work hours, you might want to start job-hunting.
Your Boss Reminds You of a Sitcom Character
We’ve all seen those sitcoms with the overbearing, clueless boss. If you start drawing parallels between your manager and David Bent from ‘The Office’, it’s a red flag. Bonus points if you’ve ever imagined laugh tracks following your boss’s absurd statements.
Your Job Description is Vaguer Than a Politician’s Election Promises
When you’re more likely to find a Tasmania Tiger than a clear explanation of what your job actually entails, consider that a sign. Or if your job description changes more often than your socks, and not in an exciting way, it’s time to look for something more stable.
You’ve Perfected the Art of Pretending to Work
If you have to get through the day by mastering looking busy while actually updating your social media accounts, you’re either in the wrong job or you’re a secret genius. In either case, finding a role that genuinely engages you might be a better use of your talents.
You Dream of Winning Lotto.
The experts reckon the odds of winning Lotto are nearly as good without a ticket as with one. So, if fantasizing about winning ‘the big one’ and never working another day in your life is normal for you, it’s a clear indicator you need a change.
Your Skillset is Wasted
If your job requires less brainpower than it takes to remember your coffee order, it’s a waste of your talents. Everyone deserves to feel challenged and fulfilled at work. If your most significant work achievement is memorizing all the office WiFi passwords, you’re due for an upgrade.
The Thought of a Promotion Fills You With Dread
Promotions should be exciting, not a source of anxiety and dread. If the thought of climbing the ladder at your current job feels like being forced to listen to an entire parliamentary Question Time, it’s time to seek greener pastures.
Your Most Significant Work Relationship is With the Office Printer
If the most meaningful conversation you have at work is with the office printer, and it’s usually one-sided, it’s another red flag. Interactions at work should involve more than begging an inanimate object to please, for the love of all that is holy, print the report correctly.
Trust Your Gut. Deciding to leave a job is never easy, but it’s important to remember that life’s too short to be stuck in a job that doesn’t make you happy. Trust your instincts. When the signs are there, don’t be afraid to take the leap. After all, your dream job might just be a resignation letter away!