How do you know it’s time to start looking for a new job? If you are questioning whether you should stay at your current job take a look at some of the circumstances below to see if it’s time to update your resume and start looking for a new job.

You’re complaining.

When we talk about complaining we mean the kind that goes beyond the occasional grumbling about how cold the office is or about a last minute project you were given. The kind of complaining we are referencing is the kind that has your friends and family running for the hills whenever an innocent bystander asks you how work is going. If you talk about your job more negatively than positively it’s probably time to start looking.

You’re stressed. 

We are all familiar with stress. It’s a fact of life that we learn to manage and deal with. But if work is, literally, keeping you up at night your job might be negatively impacting your life. It might be hard to distinguish where the stress is coming from but if you find yourself waking up in the morning with anxiety about the workday ahead on a regular basis you should do some soul searching, and job searching, ASAP.

You’re saying goodbye.

Here’s one that isn’t hard to recognize but might be hard to come to terms with. If you notice that your coworkers are leaving left and right you could be looking at a red flag. Turnover is something that happens in every workplace but if new and old employees alike seem to be abandoning ship that could indicate that there are organizational issues at play. Even if you like your job you might want to start networking so that you aren’t the only one left on a sinking ship.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of signs that it’s time to start looking for a new job. But if you find yourself relating to a few of the situations we mentioned you might was to take a step back and reflect. It’s a good idea to act as soon as you know so that you can prepare and so that things don’t go sour fast.

You may want to leave the job you’re in but you don’t necessarily want to burn a bridge and lose a reference or a networking contact. Check out some of our recent blogs about updating your resume and using social media as a networking tool if you are overwhelmed about where to start.


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