You may feel ready to move on from your current position and further your career elsewhere. Before you do so, it’s crucial that you are 100% sure and not just being impulsive. We all have bad days whether it’s at work or at home, so our best advice is to ask yourself the following questions to make sure you don’t make a decision that you regret.
Have you identified what is it that’s making you want to go? Is it the job itself or perhaps someone you work with? Try to determine what is it before you go any further. Just by working out what it is that is making you feel this way, you may come up with a million solutions. You could start by keeping a diary and jotting down how you feel each day, this might help you discover what it is that is making you feel unhappy.
Once you have figured out the root of the problem, ask yourself the following questions…
Has it been months, years or maybe just a day? In order to make sure you are certain about your decision, you must be sure that you aren’t just having a bad day or week. It’s completely normal to feel fed up with your job, but try not to let your emotions get the better of you. If it is a new feeling of uncertainty, stick it out for a couple of weeks to make sure that you don’t make a decision that you regret. Especially if it’s a new job, allow yourself to settle in properly before you make any rash decisions.
However, if you have been particularly unhappy for a while, it’s time to look elsewhere before you start to feel worse.
Your current feelings towards your job could be resolved in an instance, just by talking to someone. Your managers and supervisors are there to help you, so if a problem arises that you are finding quite challenging, speak to them. Imagine if you handed your notice in, explained your issues and reasoning to your manager and they immediately had a solution – you’d feel pretty silly wouldn’t you? Before you hand your notice in or start looking elsewhere, see if there’s anything you can do to help the situation or anyone who you may be able to speak to first.
It might even be worth sourcing some help outside of work, sometimes it just helps to talk to someone and if you’d rather that than open up to someone at work, do it!
If you feel as though you are taking your work home with you every night and it’s starting to affect your personal life, it needs to be addressed. Don’t let work problems take over your life and affect your well-being, it’s important to be happy in your job and at home. If you can see your job affecting you and the others around you and you have done all you can you try to fix it, it’s time to move on.
It’s enough being unhappy in your job but if your job starts to affect your relationships and your mental and physical health, it’s definitely time to move on.
Is there anything you particularly like about your current position? Anything you never want to do again? If so, refer to these things when you begin your job search. Study the requirements of each role to make sure that you aren’t going to be doing anything that you dislike. If you are looking for somewhere with better career opportunities and your current place doesn’t have any room for it, it’s time to take the leap!
We hope our advice has helped you to make the right decision. If you have any questions or you’d like to tell us about your own experience, leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you!