At some point in your career, you will grapple with the challenging decision of whether you should stay in your role or move on. Although loyalty and dedication are commendable qualities, there are instances when circumstances necessitate a change and signs that will help you recognize the time has come for you to make a career move.

Whether it is declining performance due to burnout, shifting market conditions, or a waning sense of enthusiasm, the choice to move on can pose one of the toughest and most emotionally charged decisions you face. So how do you recognize the signs that it’s time to move on and what steps should you take for a smoother transition?

Signs Indicating It’s Time for a Change:Time for a Career Change

Lack of Growth Opportunities

One of the most common indicators it’s time to move on is the absence of growth opportunities. If you’ve been in the same position for years without advancement or if you’ve plateaued, it might be time to explore new horizons.

Experiencing the “Sunday Evening Blues”

That feeling of sadness, anxiety, or stress when the weekend comes to an end, and you start thinking about a new workweek. Some ‘blues’ are normal but if you consistently dread the start of the workweek and the feeling intensifies on Sunday evening, it could be a sign that you’re unhappy or unsatisfied with your current job or career path.

Feeling Stressed + Burnout

A job that consistently leaves you feeling stressed and burned out can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being. When your job becomes a significant source of anxiety and you can’t see a way to improve your situation, it may be time to consider other options.

Shifting Values

If your personal values and principles no longer align with your company’s culture or practices, it can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction and perhaps even moral conflict. Staying in an environment can be emotionally draining, signally a time for a change.

Limited Recognition + Compensation

If you consistently deliver results but receive little recognition or financial reward, it’s an indication that your efforts are not being valued appropriately.

High Turnover Rates

Are you watching as your fellow employees or long-time clients leave? This could be a sign that it’s time to reevaluate your path forward.

Steps to Prepare for a Smoother Transition:

Reflect + Learn

It’s important to have a plan in place before making a move and that begins with self-reflection. What are your career goals, values, priorities? likes/dislikes? Use that information to determine the industry + roles that interest you.

Network + Research

Use job boards or LinkedIn to find companies and roles that align with your interests. What are the employer’s needs? How do your skills align? Start reaching out to your professional network, building + nurturing relationships in preparation for making a pivot.

Create a Financial Safety Net

Have a financial safety net in place (covering living expenses) before making any significant career moves.

Consider Seeking Professional Guidance

Consider consulting a career counselor or coach who can provide valuable insights and help you formulate a career strategy.

Plan Your Exit

When you’re ready to move on, make a plan for your exit. Give your current employer proper notice, tie up loose ends, and ensure a smooth transition.

Moving on from a job can be unnerving, but it can also unlock new opportunities for success and growth opportunities.

Your career is a journey, and sometimes, the path forward may require leaving the familiar behind in pursuit of a brighter and more fulfilling future.
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