With the holiday season over, this is the time for reflection and resolution. This is not only personally, but professionally. September is a prime time to consider new beginnings and opportunities as a business professional. If you feel uncertain that it is time for a change, here is a quick checklist to help you make the decision.
1. You are overqualified for your present role
When your present position has become so routine that you could do it in your sleep, it is likely time to explore other professional pursuits. The first step naturally will be to seek out options up the corporate ladder with your current employer. Make it aware you would like a new challenge. But circumstances beyond your control may mean that no options are available within your firm. If you are stuck in a dead end role with no viable path to advancement forward, it’s time to plan your exit from the organization.
2. Promotions passing you by
You have worked hard for your employer. You have taken the initiative on countless projects, put in unpaid overtime, worked on weekends and through lunches. However, whenever a promotion opportunity arises, someone with less experience and ability seems to get the spot.
There could be many reasons for this snub. The other person may very well be a better fit for the role. Whatever the reason, they got the job, and you did not. This may be a sign that your business contributions and efforts are not being valued as highly as you feel they should be. It may be necessary that you fulfill your professional potential elsewhere.
3. Your present company is on shaky financial footing
A single great professional cannot always save a company from financial instability. An excellent marketing specialist for a technology firm, for instance, can only go so far to salvage an organization if the software developers are continuously underperforming in their roles to create a product worthy of the market. If you’re worried that you’re company is headed toward a downhill financial spiral and your position no longer seems secure, it’s time to begin to consider new opportunities.
4. Personal obligations have changed
One’s personal and professional well-being are inherently linked. If one aspect is faltering, the other is sure to feel its effects as well. If you possess a growing family, you may require a change to a company that better enables you to spend more time working from home, or simply to get home at a reasonable hour. For others, it may well be the time in your life to fulfil some life-long dreams, such as living abroad or learning a new language. If such personal matters cannot be successfully pursued within your current position, other opportunities may beckon.
Do you remember when you left work excited to get home and tell everyone about what you did? When you got up the next day and were excited about getting to work to carry on where you left off the day prior?
These days, you cannot wait to leave work. At the end of the day, if you are not enjoying your position anymore and if there’s no real prospect of that changing anytime soon, then it’s time to move on to other pursuits. If you do not, this can cause more harm than good. Staying at a job you do not care for will inevitably cause your performance to suffer; your reports may become less insightful and your meeting contributions meaningless. This drop in form may negatively impact your colleagues- culminating in the likelihood of being fired rather than leaving on your own accord. At this juncture, you will be at the same position as you would have been had you elected to begin to search for new opportunities earlier on.
It is rarely a simple decision to leave what you know and are comfortable with. But life is about achieving all that you can, and to strive to create the best possible lifestyle to suit you and your family- and one’s professional life plays a significant role to this. With all of this to consider, is it time for you to consider other professional pursuits?
Thinking about resigning? Get ahead of the game and work with our experienced relationship managers who can identify the strengths and weaknesses in your current job search. If you would like to speak with one of them, upload your CV to our website and we’ll be in touch shortly.