After a while, the uplift and positive feelings that come with a new job will pass and you settle into doing the day-to-day. Longer-term job satisfaction becomes the goal, but eventually thoughts might turn to moving on. So when is a good time to move? The answer is: it’s down to you. There is no ‘golden rule’ on how long you should stay in a job, but it helps to spot the signs when you are ready so you don’t leave it too late and move in haste. Here are five signs that it might be time to consider your next step.
This is perhaps the most classic sign. If you are busy and surprised when it’s way past home-time, then you have probably enjoyed your day and what you are doing. If, however, you can’t wait for the day to end, then it’s time to start a new day somewhere else.
Avoiding social events
Most companies have some form of social activity. Not all will be to everyone’s taste, but if you are finding yourself making excuses to duck out of most of them, then perhaps you no longer feel part of the gang and it’s time to find a new group of colleagues.
Your mind always drifts in meetings
We’ve all had boring meetings, but if your mind is frequently elsewhere, then perhaps your body should follow and be in a new environment that will keep your attention.
Feeling a lack of challenge
It’s normal for your everyday responsibilities and tasks to feel easier the longer you are in a job, but being in “autopilot” too long won’t do you any favours and could end up draining you, both professionally and personally. To grow, develop and derive satisfaction in your work, you need to be stretched and challenged to realise your full potential.
You’ve hit a ceiling
Have talks of progression, promotions and pay rises become distant memories? Being dedicated to your company and job is great, but don’t find yourself standing still. If you can’t see any progression in the year ahead or have not been set clear tasks and objectives to enable you to progress, perhaps you might find more joy elsewhere.