One of the most important tasks a person will face is balancing the act of working “in” their career against working “on” their career.
What does that mean? Sometimes we get wrapped up in the “hustle and bustle” of everyday life and we don’t take the time necessary to think about our current employment situation—specifically, about whether or not our situation is the best one for us.
However, taking the time to think about your situation is crucial for determining whether or not you should launch a full-blown job search. This is especially true if you feel as though you’re unsatisfied with your current position.
If so, then it’s time to conduct a professional audit. During that audit, there are specific warning signs of which you should be aware.
Below are the top four signs that it might be time to search for a new job (with #1 being the most important):
#4—Your employer doesn’t have (or communicate) a clear vision.
If you haven’t worked at the company for very long, it could be a temporary situation. Ask a few of your trusted co-workers for their opinions about the direction of your company. In addition, the company might actually have a vision, but it’s not being effectively communicated to its employees. Find out if this is the case. Both scenarios are potentially problematic.
#3—Your current position doesn’t fit in with your career plans.
While you must know where you’re going in order to get there, you also must know where you are in order to get where you want to go. You should be able to map out a logical progression from your current position to where you ultimately envision yourself.
#2—Your potential for growth is limited.
Are you being included on new projects, ones that could have an impact on the organization’s future? Greater responsibility lends itself to greater growth, and what your company trusts you to accomplish now is directly proportionate to what it trusts you with down the road. Is there a career path at the company? Is there upward mobility?
#1—You lack passion.
For you to be satisfied with your career—to truly enjoy it—you must have passion for what you’re doing. If not, then you’re only going through the motions and drawing a paycheck. Money pays the bills, but ultimately it doesn’t feed the soul. Whatever you do, don’t overlook the role that passion plays in your career.
If you identify one (or more) of these signs in your current situation, you may want to discuss your concerns with your immediate supervisor. There could be ways in which you can resolve these issues through transparency and communication.
However, if no resolution is forthcoming, then there might be a problem. When it comes to your job and the goals you’ve set for yourself, don’t compromise.
You only have so much time and energy. Now is the time to evaluate where you are and decide if this career path will take you where you want to go.
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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