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Three Signs It May Be Time To Find A New Job

My father’s generation valued job loyalty. It wasn’t unusual at all for employees – especially of large corporations – to spend their entire working life at one company. But today, that notion has been turned on it’s head. In fact, some research indicates a typical employee will work at as many as 15-20 different organizations in their career. In that world, it’s important to know when it’s time to leave – hopefully before you’re asked. If you’ve started staring out the windows in the afternoons, here’s a few indicators that it might be time to leave your job:

1. It may be time to leave when changes to your job become an intrusion on your routine.   Full time employees tend to eventually make their job into a formula. Same schedule, same way to work, same responsibilities. At some point, changes become a pain.  More and more things start to annoy you. But remember when you started the job? You loved change, new responsibilities, and new projects. But now, the more you get locked into a routine, the more difficult change becomes. That’s no way to live. Never lose your ability to handle changes; so when you do, it might be time to look for a new job.

2. It may be time to leave when you start losing influence at the office.   I’ve noticed at many workplaces, bosses stop listening to the long time employees. It’s a tragedy because in many cases, they know the most about the organization and how it works. On the other hand, longtime employees should realize that it’s not years on the job that give them credibility, but the power of their ideas.  But if it does happen, and if you’ve noticed leaders aren’t listening to your ideas, it might be time to look for a new job.

3. Finally, it’s definitely time to leave when you stop caring about #1 and #2.  

How about you? Any other good suggestions?

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  1. It’s could be time to leave when those ideas that you have deep inside your heart are beginning to press to get out and get developed. A faithful courage deep inside of you begins to grow until you can’t live with yourself unless you start to do what you must to climb toward that summit.

    It helps if you have some means of support that you gained from faithful service proving to yourself that you have what it takes and you are prepared to try for the next level.

    It’s one thing to talk about ideas, or the next level, and it is completely different to sit down to research, and learn how to develop those ideas from a professional standpoint. You begin to move from a wanna-be to a doer walking out your dream step by step.

    It’s like climbing loose rock on a steep mountain. You take step after step but find yourself siding backward until you hit a spot where you stop sliding. And then without hesitation you begin to climb again. Always keeping that vision of the summit in your mind even if at times conditions get fogy or you temporarily loose sight of your summit.

    When you get the push-though courage to face that up-mountain battle, then it is time to leave to begin your new life at a new level.

      1. I have a dear friend that was a federal public affairs chief. She is professional and recognized positively by many high ranking Generals. Then during cut-backs she ended up at a different agency that was far from professional. They began blaming her for situations they produced. I prayed with her many times as things degenerated for her, until finally she could not take it anymore and retired. She didn’t want to, but for her health she had too.

        Always the fighter and professional person, it wasn’t long before she had a decent job that paid the equivalent to her Federal salary. Within a few years she was making much more at a large law firm that promoted her quickly to the top of their office management.

        She was faithful and had to be nearly thrown out of her job before she took the scary leap of faith, and oh my, did it pay off for her.

        So degenerating management is also a sign it maybe time to move on.

  2. My Sports MGT professor used to preach the three year rule:

    Plan out 3 years and If you aren’t where you desire to be (realistically) in three years, move on. My fist job out of college I did this and in year three of working for a professional basketball team, I was asked to give a proposal to make my pro mascot job more visible. They said my proposal was better than the any of the corporate sales and that they were impressed. I took that opportunity to ask for a raise and was flat out rejected. I knew that I had risen the highest I was going to and positioned myself elsewhere…to my dream job. Ive used the three yr rule for 15 years now and it never fails me.

  3. I have two friends that had to quit their job because of ethical reasons and they could no longer look at themselves in the mirror. Another friend had to leave because the company was taking a different and poorly thought out direction and he did not want to stick around when thing blow up in everyone’s face.

    They all did the right thing.

    My question is:
    What do you put on the job application when asked why did you leave your previous employer?

    Remember you don’t want to come off like a trouble maker and that lying on a job application is a terminable offence.

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