10 signs it’s time to start looking for a new job

Sometimes it’s glaringly obvious when it’s time to start looking for a new job and other times the signs are a lot more subtle. Whether you’re constantly feeling stressed, bored, unfulfilled or you simply have a niggling feeling that you just can’t shake off, these can all be signs it’s time to move on. Below are 10 of the most common signs that it’s time to give that recruitment agency a call and start thinking about pastures new.

1)      You’ve lost all enthusiasm   

Bored at work


When you start a new job you’re full of excitement and passion and can’t stop thinking about how hard you’re going to work and what you’re going to achieve. Whilst it’s natural for some of this enthusiasm to wear off, if you find yourself dragging yourself into the office every day with a sense of dread, it’s a clear sign that this isn’t the job for you.

2)      The company isn’t doing very well

Unfortunately, a lot of companies have suffered during the recession and as a result have been forced to cut down on staff or even completely cease trading. If you know that the business you are working for is heading down this route, it’s better to move on before you find yourself jobless.

3)       You dislike your boss/the people you work with

Many of us will have had a disagreement with a colleague or manager at some point. Whilst stress and impending deadlines are normally to blame for this, if there is someone you work closely with that you really do not see eye to eye with and it affects your performance in the office, you’re going to be a lot happier working somewhere you are better suited to the people and the culture.

4)      You are constantly stressed, negative or unhappy

If the mere thought of anything work related gets your pulse racing, it’s a good sign that it’s time to move on. Phone a recruitment agency and discuss your wants and needs and they should be able to help you find something that you’re better suited to.

5)      Your health is suffering

Stress can have a detrimental effect on our physical and mental health so if you find your personal life is suffering and you are constantly ill, start thinking about taking a look at what else is out there.

6)      You don’t believe in the company

If you feel there are moral or ethical differences between how you and the company you work for think, chances are that it makes for an uncomfortable workplace setting. Instead, find yourself a job working for a company that you can totally get on board with and are proud to represent.  

7)      You’re not using your skills

If your manager fails to acknowledge that you have more skills to offer than the ones you are currently using, you’ve been passed over for a promotion on more than one occasion or your requests to take on more challenging assignments have been ignored, move on to a company that will appreciate your efforts.



8)      Your workload has increased but your pay hasn’t

Whether business is going well and there is more work to do or downsizing has occurred and there are simply less people doing the same amount of work, if you’re not being compensated for this, chances are that you will become increasingly unhappy in your role. Speak to your manager about getting a pay rise and if it’s not possible, it could be time to start looking elsewhere. If you really love your job though and the company is just going through a bad patch, it could be worth holding on because your efforts will be remembered in the future.

9)      You’re not being heard

If you find that your ideas are no longer being heard or valued and you never get any acknowledgement for great work you have done, again, it’s probably time to give that recruitment agency a call and find yourself a new job.

10)   You’ve stopped learning

If you find you’re stagnating in your role and you’re not growing or learning anything new, this isn’t going to benefit you in any way. People thrive on new challenges and if you’re not getting this or any opportunities to progress in your career, it’s time to move on.

If you are looking for a new job, please don’t hesitate to contact Choralis and we will be more than happy to help you in your search.

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