It’s a New Year – Is it Time for a New Job?
Employee Insights, Job Seekers
Can you believe it’s already January? As you make a fresh start in the new year, you may be considering various ways you can make improvements in your life. If you’re unsure whether finding a new job should be on your list of resolutions, consider these signs that it’s time to move on.
Are You Bored in Your Current Role?
If you’ve been in the same tech job for a while, it’s quite possible that you’re either bored or feeling stagnant. While these feelings may come and go in any long-term position, if you’re feeling this way at work a majority of the time, then it might be time to seek out new options and see what’s out there. As you reflect on your current job, it’s important to consider whether you’re overqualified, if you could take on new responsibilities, and if your interests have shifted since taking on this role. If there is no room to move up in your department or expand your duties, then it might be time to look for a new role where you can take on new tasks and responsibilities – and keep growing.
Does Your Salary Measure Up?
It’s a good idea to check your salary and compare it to salaries for comparable roles in your market every now and then. If you’ve been working at your current organization for a long time, taken on additional responsibilities, and you’re performing at a high level, then it may be time to look for a pay bump. However, sometimes the best way to get a salary in line with market rates is to look for a new job. You can get an idea of current rates for your position by looking at job listings, speaking with peers, and using our informative Salary Guide to see how your pay measures up in different markets. Once you know whether you could be making more, it’s time to decide if you can get there within your current company or if you should look for new options.
Is the Environment What You Want?
While your salary may be the right number, it’s also important to consider the environment you work in. Do you like your manager and coworkers? Do you work well with one another? Do your current organization’s values align with yours? Are you stressed out more than you should be in your type of role? Do you feel that the atmosphere in the company is good for your health and wellbeing? Do you have the tools you need to do your job? Some of these things could be solved by working with your manager, engaging HR, or working through an employee assistance program (EAP), but others are systemic issues with the organization. You will need to decide which items are deal-breakers and which you can live with. This will help you conclude whether it’s time to move on or not.
Are You Where You Want to Be?
This may sound like a philosophical question, but it’s an essential one to reflect on when you’re considering your career and life goals. Are you overall content in your job and responsibilities, or do you have goals you haven’t achieved yet? If you are still striving for a specific role, then it’s a good time to consider whether your current job will help you get where you want to be. If there is room for growth and you’re receiving the kind of professional development you want, then staying put may be a good idea for the time being. If you are not encountering the kind of professional opportunities you want in your current job, then maybe it’s time to look for a new one that will give you the kind of growth and development you need on your way to meeting your career goals.
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