How do you know when it’s time to look for your next career move? I will give you a comprehensive list of signs to look out for below! But I also want to address the elephant in the room: how daunting this process can seem and present you with a solution.
Let’s be honest, career growth is important to everyone. However, there isn’t a manual for how to do it properly, so the whole job changing process can get confusing, stressful and take up a lot of time and energy!
Luckily, technology can help make that process smoother by eliminating that stress and make your job search process almost passive. How? With the power of A.I. of course! For example, Vettery’s A.I. (its name is Vicky) learns employer preferences and intelligently suggests candidates for open roles. It uses data to predict if a candidate and a company/role would be a good match and helps to automate the recruiting process.
Once you create your profile with Vettery (it’s free by the way) and are approved, your digital CV is visible to hiring managers at 20,000 companies. Meaning that you can explore career opportunities without the stress and the hassle of submitting a ton of applications and writing cover letters – or you could passively see what’s out there if you’re still happy at your current job.
Sounds almost too good to be true, right? Well, it’s a reality nowadays! So now that we know that this process doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck, here are 10 signs that you’re ready for that next move:
- You’ve been doing the same role for 2-3 years without a promotion
Back in the day, working at the same company and role for years was THE way to go. Nowadays, if you’ve been doing the same role for longer than 2-3 years and you haven’t been promoted may signal career stagnation. Why? Because in that time your learning curve would have most likely plateaued (that is unless you got promoted and got additional responsibilities).
If this describes where you are, I’d recommend starting to look for a new job and learning opportunity!
2. You’re not excited about your current projects
If you are no longer motivated by your work or the projects that you have, that’s a clear sign that it’s time to move on. It either means that you don’t find it challenging or that you don’t find the problems you’re solving interesting anymore. Your work takes up a large proportion of your everyday life and you should be excited about it!
3. You don’t feel like you’re making an impact
You’re either not aligned with the company’s mission anymore, either you stopped seeing the silver lining in the work you do. In any case, it’s not fulfilling to you anymore, which means it’s time to move to an opportunity that will be.
4. You don’t feel like you’re learning
This goes back to the learning curve, which flattens out for different people and roles at a different rate. You always want to be learning new things, they call it growth for a reason! But if you feel like your work is becoming a routine and you’re just going through the motions, it’s a sign that you should look for new opportunities.
5. You’re not being challenged
If you feel like the projects that you’re working on don’t challenge you (and you don’t have the freedom to select the ones that do), it might be time to look for a new challenge. Again, we’re maintaining the theme of constant growth and development here and we don’t want you to get bored!
6. You’re not getting enough feedback from your managers or peers
Feedback is essential to being able to improve – so if your environment isn’t giving it to you, you might not be able to grow professionally or personally. Which means that maybe you would be better off in a new role or at a new company! Obviously, make sure that you’ve proactively asked for feedback first – before making any drastic decisions or changes.
7. You don’t see growth opportunities at your current position
Are there any promotion or growth opportunities in your role/team? If not, then what will be your next move? If you don’t like the options that you have – or if your only way to grow is to replace your manager, maybe it’s worth considering other companies or teams!
8. Your work environment doesn’t feel right
This point encompasses all of the potential scenarios where the team/company culture isn’t a great fit for your personality. And it may have been a better one when you started working there, but we all evolve and you may have outgrown it or it may have diverted from what it used to be. If it doesn’t feel right or if you don’t agree with the company/team values, I would definitely recommend looking for your next career move.
9. You feel too comfortable
Do you feel like you know everything about the industry, everyone in it and everything you do is almost automatic? They say “if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room” – and I strongly believe that we shouldn’t be too comfortable at our jobs. Why? Because it means that you aren’t learning anything new and don’t leave your comfort zone.
Read my post about imposter syndrome to learn more about my thoughts on the topic and consider looking for your next challenge!
10. You get jealous of other people’s careers
If you feel that tiny bit of jealousy when you hear about your friend’s or other people’s careers and advancements, you’re not a bad person. It just means that you’re stuck and might not even realise it! It’s time for something new, for a career change that will make you feel excited and challenged on a day-to-day basis.
If you recognised yourself in any of the above, it’s definitely time to start exploring your options. The fact that you’re reading this post also indicates that ? And now that we know that job searching doesn’t have to be stressful or daunting, create your free profile on Vettery today!
As you can see, a lot of those signs are about personal and professional growth, as you never want to plateau. Your next opportunity should fuel your passions, excite you about the impact you’re making and motivate you to learn new things. Cheers to that upward trend and to finding that awesome new job ?