At first, I thought I knew the answer. But I realized that the answer was only a quarter of the many reasons why I should leave my job. Or when I should leave.
I thought it was simply: When I realize I want to pursue other things. But there’s more.
Here are some very useful tips that I’ve kept with me over the years. I learned them from my mentor, Jeremy. Well, he’s kind of my mentor-ish, but we’ve never established that relationship. But I’ll just refer to him as my mentor.
How to Know When It’s Time to Move On?
There are many factors to consider since it’s your decision. As you gain more experience, you’ll be able to tell when it’s time to move on. But the following are a few general indicators of when it’s time:
- You’ve reached your maximum potential. You feel as if you’ve done everything you can at your job and learn everything you need to learn. It’s time to move on.
- You feel that you can earn a higher salary elsewhere.
- You feel as if the culture of your organization is changing or has changed in a way that you’re uncomfortable with.
- You notice that the company is downsizing and there are signs of financial hardships
- You don’t feel challenged in your work.
- You’re not enjoying your work.
- Your desire for a new phase in your career outweighs your desire for the security of staying at your job. Or vice versa. Certain jobs seem exciting and challenging, but they carry certain risks.
- You’re a point where you strongly dislike your job and it’s affecting your health in a negative way.
- You have circumstances that impact your job performance (e.g., moving, family circumstances, the death of a loved one, etc.)
These kinds of decisions depend on a logical and counterintuitive feeling. Almost as if you know when it’s time to move on. As mentioned before, as you gain more experience in the workplace, you will start to understand when it’s time to move on.
This begs the question, should I look for a job while I currently have a job? Check out this post to learn about the active and passive job search.
*Thank you to Jeremy for providing these valuable lessons.