By Josh Tolan
It’s Sunday night, you flip off “Mad Men,” and you realize there’s a feeling of dread weighing heavily on you. This dread has everything to do with where you’ll be going on Monday morning. Maybe you haven’t even realized it, but you’ve begun to dread going to work. You used to enjoy your job. You’d come home fulfilled and you’d start the work week feeling ambitious and ready for anything. Now you’re starting the week with a world-weary sigh.
If any of that sounds like you, it might be time to leave your job. Despite the tricky economy, your decision to quit certainly wouldn’t be an anomaly. According to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, 51 percent of all job separations were due to workers leaving their jobs. This might not seem like a big deal, but it’s the highest number of quitters since September 2008.
What does that mean? It means the rebounding economy has lead to more worker confidence. Instead of staying in jobs they hate just because of a steady paycheck, workers now feel they can leave and still find another (better) job.
Is it time for you to start recording a video resume or rewriting your paper version? Here are some signs that it might be time for you to move on.
Are you just running out the clock during work hours? Sharpening endless pencils just to have something to do? Perhaps you’ve become a serial tweeter, just to feel like someone is listening? Let me break it to you in a language you understand: #You’reBored. You might think a little boredom is no big deal, but it could be affecting your health. According to recent studies, boredom can be just as stressful as stress itself. You started on your career path to be fulfilled and to do something you enjoy. If you’re just killing time at work, it’s time to leave.
If your morals are clashing with your company’s workplace ethics, that might be a problem. Perhaps you’re a staunch environmentalist and the company’s new product is far from environmentally friendly. Whatever it is, if you’re getting cognitive dissonance working for your organization, it might not be worth it to stay.
You have a lot of talents and abilities but they’re not being utilized at your current workplace. You know you have so much more to give, but your office doesn’t seem to agree. If your repeated efforts to take on more responsibility have failed, it might be time to look elsewhere for a better way to use your talents. If your abilities are underutilized for too long, you will undoubtedly fall prey to boredom. As we covered that can be dangerous (and stressful!).
You Can’t Grow
You’ve been working hard and putting in long hours. Your eye is on a big promotion that would finally align your title with the amount of work you’ve been doing. Except you never seem to be able to take that next step. Perhaps your company is on a promotion freeze or maybe your efforts are just being ignored. Life it too short to work forever with no reward. It might be time to bring your talents to a workplace that will actually appreciate and compensate them.
You’ve Become a Job Search Junkie
Are you spending all your free time job searching? Maybe you tell yourself you’ll just open that job board for a second, just to get a little taste. Before you know it, you’re searching out jobs in sectors you’re not even interested in just to read about the benefits. Maybe you just keep revising your resume. Or you might even be recording a video resume to use “just in case.” You might not realize it, but this is a clear sign that it’s time to leave your current position. You should be excited about your own job, not every other available job.
Polish your interviewing skills, record that video resume, and look around the job boards, but not as a hobby. Look for your next job in earnest because your current position just isn’t cutting it.
Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, which combines a video job board and online interviewing platform to enrich interaction between job seekers and employers. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter.