My philosophy as a career coach is that each appointment is only temporary. So many people, even in today’s good economic times, dislike their job. To me this is very sad, when such a variety of new opportunities beckon.
Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to call it quits:
- Your job is making you physically sick or consuming your mindset. The symptoms of stress or burnout may include physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment (source: Psychology Today).
- You’ve been asked to complete work that is against your ethical standards, and this is causing friction between you and your boss or your peers.
If you are currently engaged in a position, you have to exercise what I as a detective would call a covert operation – planning carefully to communicate with a defined number of people, all of whom could open new doors for you.
Whatever you do, don’t rest on your laurels or wallow in your unhappiness, thinking that a job will fall in your lap. Wrong! Consider engaging a career professional to act as a coach, cheerleader, guide or mentor, and move you into a new and hopefully more fulfilling, exciting and engaging appointment.
In today’s economy, where unemployment rates are falling across most Western countries, there are many reasons to leave a position where you’re unhappy. Jobs are never plentiful, but they are available in every industry, function and level.
Navigate through your job search with tenacity. Be realistic in your career goals and try to steer yourself into multiple job offers, which is quite clearly possible today. Just ask many of my clients!