Is It Time To Change Jobs? 3 Questions To Ask Yourself

It’s funny how sometimes solving one challenge in life just opens up another.

I’ve been coaching with a pretty woman, who laughs regularly and is easy to talk to. We’d been working on the things she felt were holding her back in her career.

As she turned down the volume on her doubts and anxiety, she began to focus on what she did well and where she could excel.

However, recognizing she was good at her job, created a new dilemma.

She’d been at the same Broadcaster for several years, moving up and accepting new responsibilities. She was in the enviable position of liking her company, her boss and the work she was doing.

The dilemma came from the nagging doubt that she should change companies. Everyone she knew said five years was the limit, in this world of transient jobs.

She questioned whether she should push herself to move on, even though her current job was good.

She’s not alone with these doubts.

3 questions to help you decide if it’s time for a change:
Are You Challenged?
It’s important to feel you are learning, doing things that interest you and offer you diversity in your day.

Are You Acknowledged?
Do people recognize what you do, credit you for your contribution to the company and the team?

Are You Happy?
Do you have enough work/life balance to feel good? Do you enjoy the work you do, the environment and the people that surround you?

If you are challenged, acknowledged and happy – stay on course.

You spend a phenomenal amount of time at work. It should be a place you enjoy, that makes you feel good about yourself and your contribution.

A good cultural fit, job requirements that match your experience and a supportive team are hard to find, enjoy yours for as long as it lasts.

If one of those things is missing, try to figure out why. What would need to change to make you feel positively? Is that something you can address or is it beyond your control?

If two or more of those things are missing, it might be time to look for something new.

Before you start,  define what your current job lacks and what kind of job would give you a stonking “Yes” to the questions above.

If you can define what you want, you are far more likely to find it when you go on your job search. Otherwise, you might jump out of the pan and into the fire.

3 comments

  1. This is brilliant! Such a clear and simple way of making such a big decision. It’s also important to realise that the grass isn’t always greener and you should appreciate your current situation, especially if you can say ‘yes’ to all 3 questions.

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