Time to Move On?

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In my line of work I speak with candidates on a daily basis who feel they are ready to leave their current role.  I also approach many candidates who find themselves unsure whether they want a new challenge or are genuinely contented in their role. 

It isn’t always easy to recognise when it’s time to move on from your current job and it can be difficult to determine the difference between simply lacking a little motivation (after perhaps being with an employer for several years) and knowing that you’ve become too content and complacent and are ready for the next step in your career. 

Generally speaking however, most of us know when it’s time to leave, our gut usually keeps us informed with feelings of dread or unhappiness which can hit on the drive into work in the mornings.   However before making any rash decisions it’s important to spend time assessing whether you are ready to move on. 

Leading different paths

 One of the most common reasons I hear from candidates is that their employer doesn’t share their ambition.  Many candidates are having considerable success in their role but find that their employer is putting restraints in place prohibiting candidates from reaching their full potential.  If you feel that you have more to offer but are unable to do so in your current organisation, it might be time to move on to a company more suited to your skills and that shares your mind-set and vision. 

Going nowhere 

Many complaints I hear from candidates who are unhappy in their jobs is to do with bosses who stand in the way of an employee’s development.  Whether the training opportunities aren’t available or their boss just isn’t as invested in their staff members; a lack of development can be incredibly frustrating.  Explore development opportunities with your employer before making the decision to leave. 

Politics 

Corporate politics can play a significant part when it comes to deciding whether it’s time to jump ship.  Quite often large corporate organisations breed an environment whereby employees feel they constantly have to justify or explain their actions which inhibits creativity and gets in the way of actually getting things done.  There’s not much that can be done about the overall office culture of an organisation – if you find this is stagnating your work and development, consider smaller companies or a leap into self-employment. 

New horizons 

If you are excited by the thought of a new job, find yourself day dreaming about other organisations you’d love to work for and constantly think ‘I can do more’ then it’s definitely time to go!