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Is it the Right Time to Leave Your Job? 5 Tell-Tale Signs

With recent world events and the uncertainty of Brexit looming over us, it’s not surprising that people are craving security in other aspects of their lives. There is a definite lack of mobility in the jobs market: according to research by the REC, the number of people seeking jobs has fallen to a near two-year low.

It seems many of us are going with the ‘better the devil you know’ approach; but how do you know if staying in an existing role is the right decision?

There are several tell-tale signs that we see all the time when talking to candidates about their career choices. If you recognize any of the following signs in your own working life, now might be the right time to consider other options.

‘Sunday night dread’ is a weekly occurrence

It’s normal to feel like the weekend goes too quickly, or to feel apprehensive before a big presentation. However, if you’re suffering from ‘Sunday night dread’ every single week (or worse, every night), it’s a definite sign something’s not right.

You’ve lost pride in your work

Having pride in what we do is vital to self-esteem, and if you’ve lost that it’s very hard to get back. Some people call it the ‘dinner party test’ – if you’re happy to answer the question ‘so what do you do for a living’ then all’s well. If you respond with a sigh and a shrug, that tells you all you need to know!

Working relationships have gone sour or are non-existent

Being fulfilled in your work has a lot to do with the people you work with. Even the most mundane work can be made enjoyable if you’re surrounded by a great team of colleagues. It’s something we mention a lot to our candidates as it’s so important – the ‘fit’ has to feel right. After all, you’re spending 8 hours a day with these people!

Your learning curve has flattened out

In an ideal world, our jobs should challenge us and we should be continually trained and developed. If you feel like you’ve learned all there is to know in your current role, and there’s no room to progress, it’s probably time for a new challenge.

Contentment is turning into complacency

Familiarity may breed contempt, but it can also breed complacency. Staying in a job long after you want to leave and putting in minimal effort every day is not fair to your employer or yourself – don’t let it get to that stage.



Most workers expect to change jobs 3-5 times during their career, perhaps it’s time to change yours? And don’t forget, if you’re looking for a new challenge in IT, Consulting, Telecoms, Engineering or Marketing, give Fuel Recruitment a call on 01926 487487 . We’ll be happy to talk your options through.

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