Every weekday, the average American heads to work, where they spend a majority of their day. Typically, the a person spends 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime – an equivalent of 10.3 years! For some lucky people, their job is a dream come true — it’s the place where they get paid to do what they love. For the not so lucky people, work is only a place that pays the bills, makes them miserable and/or doesn’t fulfill them. What's your situation, amigas? Not sure? Here are six signs that you need to start looking for a new job:
You Have No Work Relationships
While you need to be cautious with what you share with co-workers and your boss, there should still be a sense of relationship and team camaraderie with them. Yes, you should keep your private life separate from your job as professionalism and reputation can make or break you in your career. However, if there is no one at work you can turn to for help, job advice, mentorship, etc., then this job may not be the best place for you. These relationships are integral to moving forward with your career. You can’t move up the ladder without any help along the way.
You’ve Stopped Learning
There may come a point in your career where you are not learning something new every day. However, if overall, you’re not improving on basic skills or not feeling challenged on a consistent basis, it may be time to start looking for a new job, especially if there are no opportunities for advancement within the company (i.e. promotions or new job openings).
You’ve Lost Faith In The Company Values
You realize the company values you held in such high esteem in the beginning are not actually being followed through. It’s easy to feel passionate about work when you have the same beliefs and share common goals. But if those values have changed or are nonexistent, you may start losing respect and sense of loyalty to your employer.
You’re Not Valued
People want to feel like their contributions at work are being noticed — whether that is through verbal affirmations, a raise, or a promotion. If you’re not feeling that your hard work is being appreciated, it can be disheartening and kill your motivation. This eventually will lead to the next tell-telling sign . . .
Apathy Is Setting In
When you start slacking off at work and are not bothered by the consequences, you’re likely experiencing burnout. Missing deadlines, making careless mistakes, etc. should affect you in such a way that you want to fix the issues and perform better. If apathy is instead consuming you, you should start looking for a new job ASAP, before your employer takes notice and eventually fires you. You want to make sure you leave your job on a good note.
Your Gut Tells You It’s Time to Leave
You’re not sure what the problem is, but that nagging feeling in your gut is telling you to leave. Maybe it’s your boss, coworkers, or work environment. Overall, if you’re not happy or don’t think your current job is the best fit for you, don’t ignore that feeling. Trust your instincts — they won’t steer you wrong.
Whatever the reason may be, if you’re experiencing any of the above, it may be time to update your résumé and start looking for a new job. When you spend a majority of your week at work, you want to learn, grow, and feel appreciated and passionate about what you do. If that’s not happening, it’s time to start packing your work desk.
Don’t worry amigas — moving on to a new job doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It just means it’s time to move forward to something that will take you to the next level of your career.
Sasha Monik Moreno is a Founding Creator and career and education blogger. When she's not sharing her advice on Vivala.com, you can find her at themodernlatina.com.