• Are you being challenged by your job? Do you feel appreciated? Is there opportunity for career progression? Many of us sleepwalk through our working lives. Here are 16 signs that you've outgrown your role and should look for a new job.

    Are you being challenged by your job? Do you feel appreciated? Is there opportunity for career progression? Many of us sleepwalk through our working lives. Here are 16 signs that you've outgrown your role and should look for a new job.

  • EVERY DAY IS THE SAME:  Has your job evolved over the years? Have you taken on more responsibility or expanded your role? Without new challenges, every day blends into the next. If you feel like every day is Groundhog Day, it may be time to make a change.

    EVERY DAY IS THE SAME: Has your job evolved over the years? Have you taken on more responsibility or expanded your role? Without new challenges, every day blends into the next. If you feel like every day is Groundhog Day, it may be time to make a change.

  • YOU ARE ALWAYS TIRED AND UNMOTIVATED:  Do you jump out of bed in the mornings? Or is it a struggle to get out of bed every day? If you dread the working week and feel like work is a drag, you should find a new job that inspires you.

    YOU ARE ALWAYS TIRED AND UNMOTIVATED: Do you jump out of bed in the mornings? Or is it a struggle to get out of bed every day? If you dread the working week and feel like work is a drag, you should find a new job that inspires you.

  • YOU DISLIKE YOUR BOSS:  You spend a third of your life at work. If you don't get on with your boss, and can't work out your differences, that third will be spent feeling unhappy, angry and unappreciated. Time to move on.

    YOU DISLIKE YOUR BOSS: You spend a third of your life at work. If you don't get on with your boss, and can't work out your differences, that third will be spent feeling unhappy, angry and unappreciated. Time to move on.

  • ...OR YOUR COLLEAGUES:  It's important to bond with one's work colleagues. If you feel like you don't fit in, or are being bullied, seek pastures new.

    ...OR YOUR COLLEAGUES: It's important to bond with one's work colleagues. If you feel like you don't fit in, or are being bullied, seek pastures new.

  • YOU DISLIKE THE COMPANY CULTURE:  If you object to the way the company is being run, or feel that it is morally or ethically questionable, don't delay: look for a new job.

    YOU DISLIKE THE COMPANY CULTURE: If you object to the way the company is being run, or feel that it is morally or ethically questionable, don't delay: look for a new job.

  • WORK STRESS IS AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH:  Some jobs are more stressful than others, but if your work is affecting your physical health - perhaps you have trouble sleeping, back problems, anxiety, or headaches - then you need to move on.

    WORK STRESS IS AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH: Some jobs are more stressful than others, but if your work is affecting your physical health - perhaps you have trouble sleeping, back problems, anxiety, or headaches - then you need to move on.

  • NO WORK/LIFE BALANCE:  If you feel like you are neglecting your family and friends, with no respite from your workload in sight, you job has become toxic. We only have one life. Don't miss those important moments with your loved ones.

    NO WORK/LIFE BALANCE: If you feel like you are neglecting your family and friends, with no respite from your workload in sight, you job has become toxic. We only have one life. Don't miss those important moments with your loved ones.

  • PASSED OVER FOR PROMOTION:  If you've tried to progress in your career but feel like you're being held back, you're in the wrong job. If there are no opportunities to climb to the next rung of the ladder, it's a dead end.

    PASSED OVER FOR PROMOTION: If you've tried to progress in your career but feel like you're being held back, you're in the wrong job. If there are no opportunities to climb to the next rung of the ladder, it's a dead end.

  • YOUR WORK PERFORMANCE IS GOING DOWNHILL:  Have you stopped trying? Are you finding more problems than solutions? Does every task feel like too much hard work? If your work performance is starting to suffer, it could be because you're no longer engaged and interested. Take on a fresh challenge and give yourself a new lease of life.

    YOUR WORK PERFORMANCE IS GOING DOWNHILL: Have you stopped trying? Are you finding more problems than solutions? Does every task feel like too much hard work? If your work performance is starting to suffer, it could be because you're no longer engaged and interested. Take on a fresh challenge and give yourself a new lease of life.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES HAVE INCREASED BUT PAY HASN'T:  If you've taken on a lot of additional work but your pay hasn't followed suit, your employer is taking advantage of you. Sometimes, we have to prove ourselves before we can ask for the pay rise but if you are still not being fairly compensated for your work months down the line, you need to call time.

    RESPONSIBILITIES HAVE INCREASED BUT PAY HASN'T: If you've taken on a lot of additional work but your pay hasn't followed suit, your employer is taking advantage of you. Sometimes, we have to prove ourselves before we can ask for the pay rise but if you are still not being fairly compensated for your work months down the line, you need to call time.

  • THE COMPANY IS STRUGGLING:  Don't go down with the ship. If the company you work for is in trouble, or growth has stalled, it may be a good idea to get out sooner rather than later.

    THE COMPANY IS STRUGGLING: Don't go down with the ship. If the company you work for is in trouble, or growth has stalled, it may be a good idea to get out sooner rather than later.

  • YOU CAN'T BE CREATIVE:  It's important that you have the opportunity to come up with ideas and be creative at work. If you feel restricted and undervalued, and your feedback is consistently ignored, you should take your brilliant mind elsewhere.

    YOU CAN'T BE CREATIVE: It's important that you have the opportunity to come up with ideas and be creative at work. If you feel restricted and undervalued, and your feedback is consistently ignored, you should take your brilliant mind elsewhere.

  • NO TRAINING:  A great job is one where you can learn new skills and try new things. If there are no training opportunities at your workplace, you'll soon start to stagnate.

    NO TRAINING: A great job is one where you can learn new skills and try new things. If there are no training opportunities at your workplace, you'll soon start to stagnate.

  • YOUR PERSONALITY IS CHANGING:  If you used to be a positive, affable person but you've become irritable and withdrawn, your job could be affecting you more than you realise. Short-term stress is one thing, but if you don't recognise yourself any more, and loved ones are commenting on your different behaviour, you need to get out fast.

    YOUR PERSONALITY IS CHANGING: If you used to be a positive, affable person but you've become irritable and withdrawn, your job could be affecting you more than you realise. Short-term stress is one thing, but if you don't recognise yourself any more, and loved ones are commenting on your different behaviour, you need to get out fast.

  • YOU'VE ALMOST QUIT SEVERAL TIMES:  Have you been pushed to the edge recently and thought about handing in your resignation? The worst thing you could do is quit without having another job to go to. Start looking now, or risk being unemployed if you actually go through with quitting next time.

    YOU'VE ALMOST QUIT SEVERAL TIMES: Have you been pushed to the edge recently and thought about handing in your resignation? The worst thing you could do is quit without having another job to go to. Start looking now, or risk being unemployed if you actually go through with quitting next time.

  • YOU'RE EXCITED BY A NEW OPPORTUNITY:  Have you heard about a new job that sounds interesting? Perhaps it keeps playing on your mind? Don't pass up the opportunity to try out a new and rewarding role just because change is scary.

    YOU'RE EXCITED BY A NEW OPPORTUNITY: Have you heard about a new job that sounds interesting? Perhaps it keeps playing on your mind? Don't pass up the opportunity to try out a new and rewarding role just because change is scary.

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16 signs you should look for a new job

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 26 Mar 2018

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