By Dominique Rodgers
Monster Contributing Writer
All good things must come to an end and that includes good — or even great — jobs. When they do, it’s better that the end comes on your terms because you’ve found something better and are making an active choice to move on, rather than because you were fired, laid off or driven crazy by a bad job.
How do you know when the time is right to start looking? Look for these signs.
If you’re not learning and growing at work, you might be better off somewhere else, says Lisa Kohn, principal at Chatsworth Consulting, a leadership development firm. “We spend too much time at our jobs to be bored. We are our most engaged, and therefore most productive, when we’re learning and growing, and we’re learning and growing when we’re challenged and around new ideas and opportunities. If these don’t exist for you, it might be time to go.”
Your relationship with your boss is damaged beyond repair
Your relationship with your boss can make the difference between jumping out of bed every morning eager to go to work or having a daily breakfast of antacid during your commute. If that relationship has always been awful or more recently has been damaged beyond repair, it’s time to think about leaving, says Jarred Saba, CEO of Lease Advisors, a financial services and lease consulting firm.
Maybe your boss is a micromanager. Maybe the two of you just have really different work styles or bad chemistry. Whatever the problem, if it demoralizes you at work and affects your productivity or motivation, consider looking for something new, Saba advises.
Your company is falling behind
Still using floppy disks? You might be working at a company stuck in the stone age — and that’s never a good thing. If your company or their products or services are viewed as behind the times, then your reputation could also be at risk, says Roy Cohen, career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide.
If that sounds familiar and you care about your career, “you better begin to explore your options outside before your experience and qualifications are considered less relevant,” he explains.
The company takes your desk … and your chair
Faith McKinney works a government job to supplement her public relations business. Recently, the higher-ups at that office took away a few employees’ desks and chairs, but didn’t let them go. The employees now have to sit in a break room and borrow a supervisor’s desk to fill out necessary forms.
McKinney suspects the change is either a punishment or a way to make people seem busier. Either way, this type of maneuvering is not a good sign.
You have a new job offer
If you’ve properly managed your career trajectory, you’ll be poised to take the next step well before it’s obviously time to move on, says Laura Rose, business and career management coach. She recommends constantly preparing yourself, and your resume, for your next job.
“If you are waiting for a ‘sign’ — then that means that you are not taking full ownership of your own career. You are waiting for someone else or something else to motivate you into action,” she says.
If, however, you’re keeping your resume polished, your skills up to date, and your professional social media profiles relevant and engaging, “you won’t need signs to tell you when to look for a new job, because the new jobs will automatically appear. In those cases, the sign is the new job.”