When to change your job?

Morgan McKinley 25.10.2013

When do you know it’s time to leave your current job? You are offered a dream job with twice the salary?

(This one is easy: Take it!) Or you hear rumours of another round of restructuring/rationalising around the corner? Your new boss is a nightmare to work with? You need to notice the signals and respond appropriately to help yourself move on. 

When it's a company problem - If layoffs are happening across the board or within your department, you know it’ll be your turn. If there is a takeover in progress that promises to eliminate jobs, start networking and explore other options. Company relocation, a downturn in business prospects, or simply tightening up budget can leave you unemployed. When you see these signs, start updating your resume and get it out of the door.

When you're in the wrong place - More reasons for change: You are misemployed. Your manager steals credit and has subordinates take the blame. Your co-workers are sabotaging your projects. You find the environment too hostile for you to succeed. Any of these situations would suggest that you need to change your job.

When you stop loving your work - While there are a million external factors, the most important reason to consider a career move is when you stop enjoying what you do. You are drawing a decent salary, your boss is close as a friend but you still feel miserable about going to work everyday because it’s not exciting to you anymore – this is the sign. You need to rethink about what really ignites you and start to have conversations to see if there are opportunities internally and externally.

When you're overworked - You work 14 hours a day and come back to office during weekends. Your productivity level is low and can’t seem to get things down. You feel exhausted, frustrated and angry all the time. Suddenly you realise even your family complains about you. If your job brings you so many problems and it even affects your personal life, a change needs to be made. Making a list of pros and cons can help you identify what you like about what you do and what you don't like. It will also provide information you can use in talking to your supervisor about changing your responsibilities or role. 

What you need to do

Start planning for a change while you are still happy in your current role. Take advantage of all the opportunities you're given to develop new skills, network with other people. Ideally, you will leave only when you have another job. In case you don’t, stay on top of your finances and have 3 to 6 months’ salary set aside for the rainy days. When you leave, give your employer a verbal and a brief written notice, and be gracious and diplomatic. Emphasise that this is your choice, a golden opportunity you cannot afford to miss. Even if your company or boss is the worst in the world, you don’t want to burn the bridges as you never know when or how paths will cross again.

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