Is Making a Job Change Your Best Choice?

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Is Making a Job Change Your Best Choice? Are you in the wrong job?  Here are some signs that you might be.

  1. Every day is a bad day.
  2. You feel that you cannot do your job.
  3. You do not like your boss.
  4. You work around people you do not like.
  5. Have you outgrown your job and cannot get greater responsibility to match your increased skills.
  6. Your company in trouble or your company is firing people.
  7. Your commute is too far or too expensive.
  8. You are underpaid.

Some of these problems you can work around or try to ignore.  Some of these problems can change over time.   If you spend the time making your current job better instead of spending that time on a job change, you may find staying in your current job helps you several ways.
Changing jobs is often a case of jumping from one rut to another.  You find the same problems in your new workplace that you tried to escape in your previous job. Changing jobs in this case would be a huge mistake, especially if you are walking away from accumulated benefits and tenure.

Are you mentally prepared to search for a new job? A job change is certainly a lot of work. It takes planning, time, effort, and money.   There are risks of losing your current job while you are looking for a new job. All these factors are stressful.

Once you get a new job, are you mentally ready to commit 100% to doing a great job at your next company? Starting a new job is full of changes.  You will face new routines. You will meet new people.  You will develop new relationships.  You will find a new culture. You will need to adapt to a new routine and culture.  You may need to learn new skills.  You will have a new boss to impress and understand.

Here are some things you can do to help you turn your current job better.

Man Stressed Sitting on a Bed

 

If ever day seems like a bad day and you feel that you cannot do your job, you may have job burnout.

  1. Change your routine.
  2. Take more breaks.
  3. Do not take your work with you to coffee or lunch.
  4. Leave your work at your workplace.
  5. Do not work on your weekends.
  6. Take vacations.
  7. Learn methods to relieve stress and develop a positive attitude.

If you do not like your boss or your coworkers, you are not alone.  During college jobs, the military, and my career in consumer products, I had 12 bosses.  I would like to work for only two of these bosses again.  I never quit a job over my boss.  When I did change jobs, I left for a better job
If you have outgrown your job and cannot get greater responsibility to match your increased skills, you may want to consider a job change.  You should work where the things you do are meaningful and fulfilling.  In looking for a new job, look for opportunities that will enable you to use your skills and allow you to continue to grow greater skills.

If your company is firing people, your commute is too far or too expensive, or if you cannot make enough money, you should consider looking for jobs that will help you become financially secure.  As you begin your search, bear in mind the benefits that you have in your current job.  Make sure that you are not gaining in salary and going down in total compensation.

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