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Sep 2, 2016 11:00:00 AM / by Melanie Cain

Life is full of changes, but job transtions are often some of the hardest. In our eBook, 4 Warning Signs It’s Time for a Job Change: 5 Ways to Seek Your Next Job, we delve into reasons behind job disatisfaction, give clues as to when you should find a new job, and suggest ways to help make the job hunt go more smoothly.

Some might see job hunting primarily as positive, full of new adventure and opportunity. If you’re like most people though, you likely find it to be a daunting task. If job transitions fill you with anxiety, try to take a step back and see the big picture.

The first thing you should do is congratulate yourself. Why? Because you’ve taken the initiative to evaluate yourself and happiness in your current job situation. Many people never reach the point where they seriously entertain the idea of leaving, let alone read eBooks on how to navigate the process.

With that being said, it’s time to get personal and ask yourself these questions:

  1. Revaluate your current job relationship. There is a difference between a bad job for you and a bad day/week. Treat your relationship with your job as you would with a significant other. Remember the good, the bad and the ugly times at your job and treat them like you would a boyfriend/girlfriend whom you’re debating breaking things off. Weigh out your pros and cons and see which side wins. It’s okay to realize that a company you have dreamed to work for fell short of exectations. Be honest with yourself and work on your list for a few days to a week.
  1. Is it my position or the company? Perhaps you are bored in your position and dread going to work every or most days of the week. Is that because you have exceeded the skills for your current position? Or is your manager/company failing to recognize and appreciate all the hard work you have done. It’s a good idea to communicate to your manager about your growth within the company. Be proactive and explore your options. Is there a different position or potential promotion available? Career moves within a company aren’t always vertical – they can be horizontal. This would also be the time to experiment with other “quality of life” issues. For example, perhaps you’d strongly prefer to work from home, but haven’t broached the topic with your boss yet. Plan out how this can work carefully, and then approach your manager with a plan.
  1. Is there something in your personal life making you want to start fresh? Whether it is a broken heart, a death of someone you love or an unbearable boss – such situations can alter your view and distract you.It’s easy to say you want to uproot to a new city and start a new job, but will you get there and miss the old job?  Would transferring to another location within the company satisfy your needs instead? Make sure you address the root issues at play in your decision-making. Running away from more serious issues like, for example, the loss of a loved one or a devastating breakup, are breeding grounds for rash decisions. If after careful consideration you’re certain that the company is no longer for you, then it’s more likely you’re making a healthy choice.
  2. What does this new job have that my current one doesn’t? Higher paying? New opportunities? Room to grow? Like weighing out the pros and cons in the first question, be sure to weigh out the pros and cons about switching jobs. Instead of evaluating your relationship this time, evaluate the possibilities.Are there jobs out there that meet your needs and challenge you at the same time? Could this job help you grow or would it be too stressful learning the ins and outs of a new company? It’s tempting to see a potential job opportunity through rose-tinted glasses, but being realistic about the downsides will help you make a more balanced decision. Unfortunately, real life is not like the movies. There are no yellow brick roads, singing animals or spirit guides to tell us the path to take.Instead we listen to our gut, the wisdom of family and friends, and what we read in books or online. Taking a leap of faith for a new opportunity is a risk, but if you educate yourself as much as possible you will feel more confident.So, take a scroll through your LinkedIn recommended jobs, contact a local recruiter and see what else is out there: life is full of surprises! And remember, if nothing catches your eye, that’s okay. What’s important is that you honored your curiosity, explored a new path and have at least some assurance that you’re meant to be where you are – at least for now.Want another unbiased opinion? Schedule a free confidential career consultation today with one of our amazing recruiters who can help with that pros and cons list!