5 Reasons You Should Start Looking for a New Job

2016-02-21 13:32:52, Author: MyJobRating

5 Reasons You Should Start Looking for a New Job

It's everyone's dream to find the perfect job right out of college and get paid well and promoted consistently enough that you stay there until you retire. But the reality is most employers are always looking to save money and promoting from within is more expensive than hiring a brand new employee. Sometimes, the management of the company you currently work for can't change with the times. Whatever the case, the inescapable reality is that nothing is for sure and the perfect work environment may not stay that way. You need to be psychologically agile and have a resume nimble enough for you to make a lateral move if you see trouble ahead. But what are these warning signs that clues you into realizing you need to make this kind of change. Here are 5 signs or reasons you should identify to convince you to start looking for a new job.

1. Management won't adapt to changes in your market

You and others in your field can see it coming, but your boss seems clueless. Sometimes, your business and the market it serves may experience sea changes in the way customers interact with vendors, the kinds of products and service they want and the kinds of training personnel need to be schooled in to properly satisfy these customers. But often management may be afraid of any changes that could be disruptive to the bottom line. Or they could be resistant to new regulations they might not want to adhere to. Whether it be an inability to deal with competitors or technological breakthroughs changing the market landscape, some executives would prefer to wait these changes out and respond after the fact. But this has led to the downfall of many promising companies. If you feel the management you're working for is the only one who is resistant to change the rest of your industry is making (and thriving from), this may be a sign that your current company is doomed.

2. Your company is going through a merger or acquisition

This is one of the most uncertain and tenuous of times in a company's history. There is so much turn-over, new hires, outside hires, re-evaluations of department and personnel and cost cutting measures meant to maximize efficiency and eliminate redundancy. If you know your role is replicated by someone else in the newer company or you're aware of a new asset coming to your firm that makes you obsolete, you could be the next one on the chopping block. Don't quit right away, as there may be new opportunities in this new company further on down the line. But if you're in support departments like HR, IT and finance roles, you should know that they departments take the biggest hit in times of acquisitions and mergers. Don't be caught off guard by this pattern.

3. Your no longer in favor as much as you used to be

There may have been a time that your boss looked to you as his go-to guy or girl. You may have been the most knowledgeable at a given topic or specialization. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you aren't as noticed by management the way you once were. Maybe office politics have made some in management turn against you. It might be that your performance has taken a dip and you haven't noticed. Maybe you're no longer the first person people think of for the next promotion. Try to find our the reason for you falling out of favor and see if you can fix this problem. But don't let it linger and deteriorate too long before taking some action that lets you keep your dignity and employment status somewhere.

4. You're not being developed or trained as much by your employer as you'd like

Most specialized careers don't exist in a vacuum. New challenges and new methods of confronting these challenges are being developed everyday, and keeping yourself abreast and informed about these changes helps keep your skill set vital and capable. If others in your field are learning new techniques and approaches to your job as well as having access to newer technology but your company doesn't develop you or your department in this manner, it's a serious problem. Not only are you forced to use older methods and technology, you're not being trained to meet the current standards of your industry. If you're employer wants you to constantly learn on the job and deal with the tools you have, they aren't taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge and support available to help make you better at your job. If your employer isn't trying to develop you or your skill set and expertise, you might want to look for one that does value continued education in your field.

5. Work is no longer fun anymore

This could be for any number or reasons, but enjoying your work and having fun with the people you work with is something many of us take for granted. If you just know that your boss is going to give you another impossible assignment that you will have to work overtime to complete without added pay or even a thank you, you are being wasted. If you're expected to go above and beyond the call of duty consistently and not expect even an acknowledgement of your contributions, then you may not be in the most positive of environments. A miserable workplace leads to stress, lowered performance, a bad reputation among your peers and just plain unhappiness. If you know there's someone out there who would appreciate you more, then you need to find them and made your work fun again.

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