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5 signs that it's time to look for a new job

5 signs to look for a new job

We’ve all heard or experienced the burnout from working in a high-pressure job, and a under-challenging job can also lead to exhaustion and stress. This boredom burnout is often a big reason why people look for a new job.

But why else should you start jobhunting? If you’ve experienced any of the below then it’s time to check out our job ads.


1. Monday mornings fill you with genuine dread

Make no mistake, we ALL hate Monday mornings. Lying in bed all cosy with the alarm insisting it’s time to get up and start the long commute doesn’t make anyone excited about starting work.

However, this is very different to actually dreading Monday morning. If you’re feeling sick with dread every Sunday evening and preying each week that you will win the lottery just so you don’t ever have to go back to your job then now is the time to look at new permanent jobs or temporary jobs and get out.

2. You regularly throw sickies

Go on, be honest. How many sickies have you thrown this year? Really, that many? If you’ve got a hangover, really want to enjoy the rare burst of sunshine or just can’t be bothered every now and again then that’s one thing (not that we’re condoning it – naughty, naughty!), but if you’re calling in sick on a semi-regular basis just so you don't have to face work then it’s time to start your job hunt.

3. You’re not reaching your full potential

So you’ve been doing your role for a couple of years now and feel like you can do your duties – and do them well – while standing on your head with one eye closed then you’ll quickly start to resent your job and the company you work for. First, speak with your boss and show an interest in taking on more responsibility. If that doesn’t work then it may be time to take your experience elsewhere.

4. Monster boss alert

We’ve all had one. The monster boss. Whether they just make your life a misery with overloading you with too much work and overlooking you for promotion through to actual bullying, a bad boss can be a real nightmare for workers. After all, they are your superior and making a complaint against them can be a scary thing to undertake, particularly with the economy being what it is. If it’s all too much to bear then you can always make the most of that wonderful moment when you had in your resignation.

5. You just want something else

Finding a new job doesn’t have to be because of anything negative. And it doesn’t mean that you’re not doing yourself and your old employer a favour. Sometimes, you’ve just reached the end of the road with your current job and feel it’s the right time to move on. This is always the nicest way to leave things, on a high, with your boss’ or company’s blessing.

If you just feel it’s your time then don’t be put off by the stories of the tough job market, dust off your CV and start to put together a few applications to test the water. It may be the start of a new chapter for you.


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