Is it time to move on from your job? When thoughts like this begin to creep in, it’s time to start a little bit of soul-searching. We all have ups and downs in our daily work, but if that little voice inside keeps saying “What are you doing here?” it may be time to get moving. It’s most likely one of those things that keeps building and building into a bigger deal. So, why not recognize the signs and start taking some action.

But, what if you’re not sure; looking for a new job is a lot of work. Is this what I really want?  Here are 10 questions to get you thinking:

  1. Do you feel motivated at work?
  2. Are you inspired by the work you/your organization are doing?
  3. Do you dread going to work?
  4. Are you learning anything new?
  5. Do you feel fulfilled with the work you are doing?
  6. Are you proud of your work?
  7. Is work negatively impacting your personal life?
  8. Are you doing what you want to do?
  9. Is this just a small blip of discontent or have you been unhappy for a while?
  10. Do you wish you had a different job?

Of course, these aren’t the only factors to consider. Even if you determine that it is time, you need to figure out how to make the change work. You need to know what you want from another job – including things like type of projects, culture, schedule, salary, location and more. Plus, if you do decide to leave before you have something else lined up, you must make sure your finances are in order.

Bottom line: Trust yourself. Your instincts will usually get you to the right place. Take a listen and take action. Breaking up with your job may be hard to do, but should pay off in the future.

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka

Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.