It's not you, it's your job. That initial spark you felt when you landed your current position has fizzled out and you're left wondering where it all went wrong. But your dissatisfaction at work may be more than just being annoyed at your chatty coworker. It might be a sign that it's time for a new career altogether.
Wondering if you should take the leap? Use these indicators that it's time to cut ties with your career and look for something you can really love.
1. You Haaaate Going to Work
Can't stand the thought of getting out of bed and going to work every day? It's probably time to start looking for something else. Hey, everyone has a bad day at work every now and again, but when every day is a bad day, there's something really wrong. Don't you deserve a job that makes you super excited and less stabby?
2. You're Going Nowhere'
When your job makes you feel stuck or you feel like you've gone as far as you can in your current career, it might be time to start looking elsewhere. Of course, you could always ask your boss for opportunities for promotions or new responsibilities, but if you're truly at the top and feeling like there's nowhere to go, it's a great time to start considering other options.
3. You've Changed, Man
When you took your current job, you were all about making some extra cash to buy shoes. Now, you're ready to take on more responsibilities and do something you love, not just something that gives you a little extra pocket change.
Change? It's a good thing. It means you're maturing and starting to see what really matters. But it also means that your current job just might not cut it anymore and it's time to find a career that better aligns with your goals and values.
4. The Money: Satisfaction Ratio is Way Off
Think back to when you learned ratios in math. When you choose a career, you should have a pretty even ratio, where you feel like what you do and what you earn is equal. If you hate your job but make a ton of money, that's not great. Love your job but don't make much? That's not great, either. When your money and satisfaction ratio is off, it can throw your whole career off-kilter.
Of course, that's not to say that you can't take a lower-paying job in hopes of working your way up to a killer career, or doing something you don't love to save up for what you really want, but your ultimate goal should be that golden equal ration between how much you love your job and how much you make.
5. Your Talents are Being Wasted
If you come home from work every day feeling like you went nowhere near your potential, you'll end up feeling undervalued–even if you're OK with it for now. You may not have to completely change careers to make sure you're using all of your awesome talents, however: you can talk to your boss about your current career path and how to get to a place where you're being valued for everything you have to offer. If that's not an option, it's probably time to start looking for a position that lets you be you.
It may not be today or even tomorrow, but if you're seeing the signs, a change might be on the horizon. Onward and upward, friends!