When Should You Start Looking for a New Job?

After you’ve been at a company for a while, your daily tasks become mundane and it’s hard to envision working for that company much longer. You become a little depressed and start to question your career path. Maybe you are just bored or is there a more legitimate reason for these feelings?

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  • Is it a toxic environment?
    • Are the co-workers, supervisors, and managers pleasant to work with?
    • Are the company rules easy to abide by?
  • Are you under-appreciated?
  • When putting in your time and proving yourself, are you getting regular comments of approval like “Good Job”?
    • Have you gotten extra vacation, a raise, or promotion recently?
  • Is your job enjoyable?
    • Do you generally like what you do?
    • Do you enjoy being around your co-workers?
  • Do you feel fulfilled?
    • Is this your true calling?
    • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Is there room to grow within the company?
    • Can you take another position?
    • Could you move to a different location?
  • Are you bored?
    • Are you restless?
    • Do you need a change?
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If most of your answers to the questions above are negative, it’s probably time for you to move on to the next part of your journey. Start by updating your resume and cover letter. Research the companies you would like to work for. If they are a good fit for you, apply for the available positions that match your work experience and education.

Steps to take

When you have submitted your application, wait for about a week and reach out the human resources department. Use this time to network and present yourself in a favorable manner. Interviews can be nerve wracking, so take some time to do mock interviews. Ask yourself some tough questions and prepare your answers. After an interview, it is always a nice touch to send a thank you card to show your appreciation for the opportunity.

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