Career Shifting For The Best: Knowing When It Is Time To Move On

It’s Sunday evening, less than 12 hours before your next workweek begins. How are you feeling about your job?

Are you excited, energized and ready to shine? Or does the idea of spending one more day in the office fill you with stress, resentment and dread?

While everyone has good days and bad days at work, there are some clear signs of when it’s time for a change. Here are a few that will hopefully lead you to self-examination:

  • Mismatched core values – Do your core values align with those of the organization you work for? It’s challenging to work for a company that doesn’t fit with who you are and what you stand for. If the values don’t align, it’s time to move on.

  • Constant disruption – There are two kinds of disruption: external, where other people are a disruption to you, and internal, where you are a disruption to others. If you are constantly challenging authority or getting into disagreements with co-workers, you are a disruption. If you are constantly irritated or agitated by what your supervisor and co-workers do, they are a disruption. Either one alludes to packing your box.

  • Carelessness When you wake up and just don’t care about your job, you become careless. You may no longer care about your assignments/projects, what time you show up, or even the time you return from lunch. Eventually, you will become irresponsible and even toxic to others. Carelessness is a reflection of your character…don’t compromise it.

Once you recognize it’s time to move on, think about WHY you want to move on. This will provide framework and motivation. Do you want more opportunities for advancement? Are you trying to get out of debt? Do you want fresh motivation? Look back on your past activities and jobs. What is the recurring theme? Is this something you want to pursue in your next job, or are you ready to find a new focus?

Now, some of you may be thinking, “I’m not working in my dream job, but I’m comfortable here.” Complacency is never comfortable. Yes, you may be afraid to make a change because of your age, your status or even your salary. Keep the bigger picture in mind, and don’t let fear hold you back.

Remember the benefits that come with a job change: more room for your growth, your gifts, your revenue and ultimately, your happiness!

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