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You know when it happens to you. You can feel it as soon as you wake up. You. are. dreading. going. to. work. You check to see if, maybe, just maybe you have a temperature so that you can call in sick.
Feeling this way on occasion is perfectly normal. If you have a big project or presentation, you may feel a little anxiety about it.
You could just be going through a professional rough patch. Maybe things are stressful at work with a new boss or strategic direction. Other times things just get boring and stale because nothing has changed.
But feeling that dread in the pit of your stomach on a regular basis can be symptomatic of a much larger problem.
Sometimes, what you’re feeling is the undeniable knowledge that it’s time for a professional change.
Here are some signs that you have the BIG problem. The one that requires a job change.
You don’t feel appreciated or respected in your current environment.
One of our most basic needs as people is to feel as if we belong – to our community and within our workplace. To connected as human beings to your colleagues is a natural desire, and if you find yourself failing to connect with your colleagues, this can lead to feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression.
In turn, when you fail to feel that you belong, your self-esteem may suffer, leading to an inferiority complex and further cause a downward spiral of loneliness, anxiety and depression.
If you are feeling that you are not appreciated for the work that you do, or you’re not part of your office tribe, it may be time to start looking for a new opportunity. The long-term impact of loneliness, anxiety and depression on your career will never be worth staying in a job where you’re not appreciated and included.
You aren’t growing or learning new things.
As humans, and overachievers, we are wired to be growing and learning in the pursuit of mastery. So, when you don’t have the opportunity to grow, you will begin to feel stifled and unhappy in your work.
If you find yourself in this situation, it doesn’t necessarily mean the end! You may just need to have a conversation with your boss about how you can grow and develop by helping with special projects or other tasks.
If that is not an option for you, then it may be time to start looking for an opportunity that will afford you the self-esteem and fulfillment that comes with mastering new skills.
You know your purpose, and this ain’t it.
We all have a purpose, though not everyone is able to clearly articulate theirs. And that is ok. Whether you know your purpose or not, you can sense whether you are in alignment with your purpose or not.
And that comes down to good, old fashioned drive. If you are excited about what you do everyday, you are probably in alignment with your purpose. If, at a macro level, you don’t feel that you are contributing to the world in a meaningful way, you’re likely out of alignment with your purpose. And over time, the friction caused by the lack of alignment will increase, possibly resulting in feelings of anxiety and unhappiness.
There may be some way to reframe your work and find purpose in it. But, if you struggle to find a way to do that, it may be time to start looking for a new job.
You have the skills and desire to do something else, and you don’t want to settle.
We’ve all been there. There are times in your life when you don’t need a professional challenge because you’ve got enough personal ones! Like when you’re getting married, moving, having kids, helping sick relatives, etc. it’s just not the time to take on another big commitment. So you settle for a slightly less rewarding career, in order to preserve energy for other things that are more important to you right now.
But if you don’t have that need to settle for an ok work environment for the short-term, and you already have the skills that you need to find more satisfying work, it’s probably time to start looking for a new job.
If you have any or all of these symptoms, it’s time to get the heck out of dodge, my friend. Now, you shouldn’t just walk into your boss’ office first thing tomorrow morning and hand in your two weeks notice. You need a plan. A solid course of action to ensure that your next job is the right job. To ensure that you know what you really want out of a role, team, and corporate culture, so that you can quickly and easily find and land your dream job.
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