If any of these ring true for you, you probably need to find a new position, or start making some serious changes at your current job.
#1 You’re always dreaming about this day
If you are always looking out and dreaming of the day you get to resign, with a resignation letter already written and printed, it’s probably time you start actively looking for the next step in your career.
#2 This is a legit reaction from friends and family when you mention your job
Everyone has bad days, and needs someone to vent to, but nobody should use “So unhappy with their job” as the best phrase to describe you with. If you find yourself unable to say anything positive about your job or employer it’s time to update your CV.
#3 You’ve only been working for five years but this is you thinking of retirement EVERY. DAY.
Financial freedom and early retirement is an admirable life goal, but it shouldn’t take over your professional life. Don’t spend your days counting down; rather use that energy to look for a fulfilling position.
#4 This is you every night thanks to work-related stress
Your health is important, if you are not getting sleep because you are up worrying about work or waking in the middle of the night in cold sweats due to what happened the day before, it’s time to consider making some serious changes.
#5 This is your go-to reaction to being asked: “Are you okay?”
There’s only one thing more mentally damaging than excessive stress, and that is not feeling like you can ask for help. If you find yourself dealing with unreasonable stress and not being able to reach out for help, or even talk about it, then it is time to start looking for something else.
#6 Colleagues dread working with you, because this…
If you are unsatisfied or so stressed that it is causing difficulties in professional relationships at work it is definitely time to look for a new position. You don’t want to burn bridges, which you’ll inevitably do if you are struggling to remain professional and courteous at work.
#7 This is your reaction to your mom calling you out on bad habits you’ve picked up due to job stress
Letting down your hair is one thing, negatively affecting, and permanently damaging your health another. If dissatisfaction at your job has resulted in negative habits such as excessive drinking, chain smoking or bad eating habits, then finding a new job really is non-negotiable.
#8 Your reaction to everything work-related…
Winning a professional award? Going on an exciting, important trip? Helped close a very lucrative deal? After work drinks with work friends? If something that previously thrilled you now leaves you unperturbed then update your CV.
#9 This is you every single Sunday night
It’s clichéd, but life really is too short. If you find yourself dreading getting up and ready for work it’s time for some much needed changes.
#10 You just don’t care anymore, about anything
It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, chances are it’s smaller than you think and word definitely gets around. If you are not motivated it will impact the level of work you are delivering, and ultimately your reputation. Just move on.