A lot of times, you can feel it in the air. The vibe is different and your mood is different. Your perspective is different from when you first started working at the place you’re at to now and things don’t quite mean the same to you. Even things that you previously hungered for (like praise or acknowledgement) doesn’t mean as much to you. When these things happen all at once, it’s probably time to start looking for a new job.
I’ve been there. I worked at a company that I gave my heart, soul, and time to for a little over three years. I’ve felt the tentacles of complacency and detachment start to wrap around me from time to time, but I never let them take hold. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that I wasn’t happy where I was working at and I felt like I had gained everything that I could from that particular job.
You can learn a lot from your coworkers, your bosses, and the different people you encounter when you work at one place long enough. But you get to a point where you outgrow your teachers and you have learned all that you could from the position you held. You start to find yourself struggling when you clock in to work and try to stay mentally checked in. But no matter how hard you try, you couldn’t hold on to the positive attitude you hoped to radiate long enough to get you through you shift.
And frankly, a lot of the time, you’re not the only one that notices the changes in your behavior. Your management team can see them too, but they don’t translate in quite the same way. You’re struggling because you’re feeling unchallenged and unfulfilled. Meanwhile, your bosses think you’ve lost your spark and have become lazy or bored. When this happens, it’s time to blow the dust off your resume and start looking for new job opportunities. It’s better to leave a job on your own terms than to be terminated from a position because you became disposable.
So now, it’s time for you to quit. Are you ready to take the jump?
Start off with working on your resume and researching companies you would like to work for. Take a look into the people they have hired and what qualities they might possess that you would like to emulate. Contact the hiring managers and see if they have any positions available. Once you have a few leads, start submitting your application/resume and start locking in interviews. (It’s always important to have a job before you leave your job!) Once the offers start rolling in, you’re ready to submit your two-weeks notice.
It’s also very important to rekindle old hobbies you used to have (like reading, blogging, and photography) and start doing what makes you happy again. When you prioritize yourself and emotionally detach yourself from a job that you’ve been working at for a while, it is much easier to commit yourself to a full-hearted search for a new job. Not only should you be looking for a new job, but you should look for a new opportunity where you can expand your skill set by trying something new or find a position that will elevate you to the next level, mentally and emotionally.
Your search for a new job should rejuvenate you and make you feel alive again. Your pursue of old passions should give you purpose and perspective on what truly makes you happy. When it’s time to leave a job, you’ll know it in your mind and sometimes even feel it in your stomach. New opportunities will come at you before you know it, so be prepared to take a jump, wake up from that state of mental and emotional hibernation, and fight.