With 2019 right around the corner, the season of New Year resolutions is upon us. Welcoming the New Year is like turning the page to the book called “Your Life.” It’s a clean, untouched page just daring you to continue the story. In addition to your summer body goals, do not make the mistake of neglecting your career and work life. Start thinking about your happiness at work. Do you love your job? Do you see yourself staying with your company in 2019? Where do you want to take your career and can your employer help get you there? If you are unsure about your answers for any of these questions, it may be time to start planning your exit strategy. Learn about the top 5 signs that may mean it is time to leave your job.
- You feel you are being compensated unfairly.
2019 is about knowing your worth and getting what you deserve. Perhaps you discovered your colleague, who you trained, is being paid more than you. Maybe you have been kicking ass all year long and exceeded your yearly evaluation goals and STILL were not awarded a raise. Whatever the case, you feel you are not being paid your worth. You schedule a meeting with your manager to discuss a raise and are met with opposition like, “this is not in the budget” or “you do a great job, but I just can’t get this approved.” It is time to start thinking about responding to the recruiters messaging you on LinkedIn. Feeling like you are underpaid is a top motivation killer, which makes being at your job unbearable and your professional growth flat.
2. You feel limited.
A healthy career is a growing one. Your career should be like a river — constantly moving and shifting. When water stop flowing, water stagnation occurs and can be a major environmental problem. It is the same with your career. If you feel your career is stagnant at your current company and there is no room for growth, it is time to start looking for a new opportunity before the stagnant water becomes a cesspool.
3. You speak but you don’t feel heard.
The workplace should be a safe and collaborative one. It is not healthy to feel like your opinions and ideas are not being heard or considered. When employees feel heard, employees flourish. If you are not being heard at the office, it is a disservice to your career. Perhaps you have made mention to your manager that you feel unheard, but nothing gets done. Although this may be your experience in the workplace, it is not the norm nor is it healthy. You are a creative, critical thinker with real ideas and solutions. You deserve to be heard and there are employers who would love to hear your ideas.
4. Lack of motivation.
Motivation is that something that causes a person to act. It is that inner feeling that gets you up every morning and makes you want to excel at work every day. If this inner feeling has dissipated, ask yourself why. Is it your work environment? Is it that you are discontent with your job? If it is all of this, it is time for a change. Lack of motivation leads to depression, which is horrible for your career and health.
5. You have an opportunity on the table you cannot pass up.
The ultimate reason to leave your company is if you are offered an opportunity with another company that promises growth, development, and the company culture you are looking for. You may love your coworkers, maybe your boss is cool and you feel bad leaving him, but none of that should stand in the way of major career moves. Afterall, this is what you work hard for, what motivates you, and what you deserve. It is time to level up!
2019 is the year your career gets a complete upgrade. If you are experiencing any or all of these signs, DO NOT quit your job just yet. Get your exit strategy together and start taking the appropriate actions that will help you get to the point where you can leave your job. Somethings you can start doing now are updating your resume, updating your LinkedIn profile to get noticed by recruiters, and start thinking about the next step in your career.
Originally published on leadrecruitingllc.com.