15 Reasons You May Want to Change Jobs

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated February 22, 2021 | Published November 12, 2020

Updated February 22, 2021

Published November 12, 2020

The Indeed Editorial Team comprises a diverse and talented team of writers, researchers and subject matter experts equipped with Indeed's data and insights to deliver useful tips to help guide your career journey.

Even if you enjoy the work you do, you may reach a point when you're ready to consider changing careers. This can occur when you're ready for something more challenging or because you're being actively recruited by another organization. Understanding when it's time to change jobs can help you recognize the signs for yourself. In this article, we discuss 15 reasons why you may be ready to consider changing jobs.

When to change jobs

Here are 15 reasons why you may want to consider changing jobs:

1. You don't get regular feedback

If you aren't getting regular feedback or the feedback you do receive on your performance tends to be generic, then it can be an indicator that you're going to have a difficult time growing within your company. A good manager engages members of their team and works with them to improve their performance and help them grow professionally. You should be receiving regular guidance and advice from your manager. If you aren't, you may want to consider looking for a new job with a more hands-on management team.

2. You have stopped advancing

If you've been in the same position within your company for the last few years without any advancement or promotion, then you may want to consider looking for other opportunities elsewhere. You want your resume to show upward mobility and you should see some career progression over the course of three years. If you're still in the same position you were three years ago, then it may be time to consider other options.

3. You aren't learning

While you may not be learning as much in your role as you did when you originally began working for your company, you should still be improving upon your skills or learning new ones. You may have to look for professional development opportunities yourself, whether that means taking an online class, attending a conference or asking to be involved in a new project.

However, if there aren't any professional development opportunities available within your company, it could indicate that the organization isn't focused on developing its current workforce. This can be a sign that you may want to explore opportunities at businesses that are focused on the professional development of its team.

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4. Your company frequently restructures

If you notice that your company is frequently re-organizing or moving around its management team, this can indicate that the company has leadership problems. While an occasional restructuring can help a company run more smoothly, if it happens often, it can create a difficult environment for you to work it, impacting your priorities and progress. It also can make it hard for your career to advance.

5. Employees are frequently leaving

If you notice a pattern where many of your colleagues are moving on to other opportunities, you may want to look more closely at the reason behind their departures. When employees are frequently resigning, it can be a problem with management or an indicator that there are many better opportunities available. You may want to consider approaching a departing colleague privately in order to ask why they're choosing to leave. Their reasoning may be applicable to you as well. It can also help you learn more about the current state of the job market and the company that has hired them.

6. You've being recruited

If you're frequently being contacted by recruiters, you may want to consider listening to what they have to say. A large volume of emails and phone calls can indicate that companies are hiring and that your industry is doing well. Even if you aren't sure that you want to make a move professionally, you can use conversations with recruiters as the opportunity to perform professional research and learn what roles and skills are in highest demand. You can also learn what the salary range is for jobs that are comparable to yours.

7. You're ready to increase your earning power

The same or similar positions in different companies can pay substantially different amounts. In addition, your annual raise is passed off your starting salary. That means that unless you are promoted internally, your salary will increase very little from one year ot the next. If you're still in the same position after two of three years, you may need to consider moving to another company or even another industry to earn a higher income. Your skills may also be more valuable in one industry than another, making it easier to earn a higher paycheck. If you're ready to increase your earning power, then you may want to consider exploring opportunities elsewhere.

8. You don't feel your input is valued

If you don't feel like your manager or colleagues value your input, then the work you do is likely less fulfilling. While some people feel this way for only a brief period of time, if you often feel that your contributions at work go unrecognized and that they aren't respected or valued, then it may be time to consider looking for other jobs.

9. You feel increasingly negative

If you notice that you feel negative more often or that you're frequently complaining about your job, then it's a clear sign that it's time to consider making a change professionally. Unless there's a specific reason you're feeling negative, like a project that you're unhappy with, then your feelings may only increase. Those negative feelings could impact your overall performance, your relationships in the workplace and ultimately your reputation. It's important to consider why you're feeling increasingly negative and take the steps to resolve those feelings.

10. Your health is being impacted

If you frequently experience stress because of your work, it can impact all areas of your life, particularly your health. Pay attention to how you're feeling physically and mentally and be watchful for signs that work-related stress is negatively impacting your overall health and well-being. If it is, then it may be time to transition into a better opportunity elsewhere.

11. Your work environment is unhealthy

If you don't have a healthy relationship with your manager or your work environment is unhealthy, then it may be time for a change. If the atmosphere in your office recently changed, then you may want to give the situation some time to see if it improves. If it doesn't, then you may want to consider looking for new opportunities elsewhere.

12. Your performance is declining

Take an honest assessment of your own performance over the last year or two and evaluate whether there has been a decrease in productivity or the quality of your work. A declining workplace performance can happen for a variety of reasons.

For example, it can happen if your work environment is unhealthy or if your workload has increased significantly and you're having a difficult time managing it. It can also decrease if you've become bored with your work or have lost interest in the job. Be honest with yourself about your own performance and if it has declined. If your performance has dropped, consider the reason why and if it's a sign that it's time to make a move.

13. You aren't having fun

Because you spend so much of your time at work, it's important that you enjoy yourself during the day. If you don't feel like you're having fun and aren't enjoying your work, then you need to stop and consider why you're feeling that way. Consider whether there are steps you can take to bring greater enjoyment into your day. If you don't feel there's anything you can do to have more fun and enjoy your professional life more, than it's time to look for opportunities elsewhere.

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14. Your company isn't doing well

If you notice that the company you work for isn't doing well, then you may want to start looking around for other opportunities. If you start noticing poor sales figures or a large number of layoffs, these are signs of problems. You may want to consider reaching out to a recruiter or talking to colleagues from past jobs you've held. By quietly beginning to look for opportunities, you should have ample time to find a new job before anything happens with your current one.

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15. You're ready for a new career

If your interests have changed and you want to pursue a different occupation or you recently finished a college degree, you may be ready for a different occupation. This motivation for making a career change often has been planned for years, especially if you have spent years pursuing an education. The key for successfully completing this type of transition is communicating with your employer. When they know about your aspirations well in advance of a move, they are often encouraging and supportive of the transition.

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