4 Signs To Start Pursuing a Better Job (And How To Do It)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated September 15, 2022

Published July 23, 2020

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A great job boosts your morale, contains tasks you enjoy and provides advancement opportunities. If you're not experiencing this in your current role, it may be time to find a better job. Getting a new job involves evaluating your career goals, researching viable opportunities and applying for a role that meets your needs. 

In this article, we share four signs that signal it may be the right time to pursue a better job and explain how to do it.

4 signs to pursue a better job

It's important to work in a job you're passionate about and thoroughly enjoy. If you lack the motivation to complete your work duties, it may be time to look for a better job. Common signs that show it may be time to pursue a new position include:

1. Decreasing passion for your role

While some of your job duties may seem small and mundane, there should at least be some larger projects at work that make you excited. If your assigned projects and responsibilities give you little or no excitement, it may be time to research roles with duties that excite you.

You may also benefit from analyzing the role and determining your level of passion for the tasks and the industry itself. You may feel more excited and discover a greater passion for a role within an industry that's more intriguing to you.

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2. Not feeling challenged

The right job for you presents tasks that challenge and motivate you. Your job can be a great way to problem solve and find creative solutions that benefit the company. Roles that challenge you can make you feel you're bringing strong results and that you're enhancing the company's performance. If your job isn't challenging you or allowing you to develop new skills, it may be time to find one that does this.

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3. Craving a different company culture

Being in a positive work environment helps encourage you to complete tasks and work with a team that shares your passions. Working with a company that has a strong company culture also increases team-building skills with your coworkers, so you can all more effectively complete impressive group projects together.

Great company culture also makes you and other employees feel welcomed and happy to come to work each day. Find a role that boosts your morale and makes you feel enthusiastic about being a part of the team.

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4. Not finding signs of growth

A great way to tell if the company you're working with is right for you is if it's giving you opportunities to advance in your career. If you work in the same position for a while without a raise or promotion, try to understand why. Talk to your supervisor and ask if they can help you move up in your role.

If there are any positions you believe you're qualified for or may thrive in, mention them to your manager. At the right job, a manager mentors you and helps you improve your work performance. If they show little enthusiasm for helping you advance in the company, it may be time to search for jobs with better growth opportunities.

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How to find a better job

Once you decide to pursue a role better suited for your skills, needs and abilities, you can start searching for new jobs online. Follow these steps to learn how you can start finding a better job related to your skills and interests:

1. Reflect on what you want in a job

Before you start applying for roles, evaluate your current one to learn what you like and dislike about it. This helps you better understand what factors to look for in a new role. Ask yourself what tasks you enjoy completing every day. Write down the job responsibilities you'd like to continue doing in a new role. Now write down the new tasks you'd like to complete in an ideal role.

Conduct online research by searching for jobs that have the tasks you like to complete every day. Write down these roles and note the skills and experience needed to work in that field. If you're looking for a role in the same field you currently work in, think about your ideal work environment. Your ideal environment may include growth opportunities, job duties that challenge you, a supervisor who motivates you or stronger company culture.

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2. Evaluate your skills and expertise

Once you know the skills and experience required to work in your desired roles, determine how your current qualifications and abilities compare. Write down the skills you have and find out how well they align with the skills listed in the job descriptions for your ideal position. Note the skills, education and other qualifications you can learn or improve to meet the qualifications.

Figure out how you can earn these qualifications to make yourself a stronger candidate. You may need to take online courses to earn a certificate or go back to school to earn the degree needed for the role. Learn how long it may take to get the necessary qualifications. It may be best to stay in your current role to earn a stable wage until you've met the requirements for your ideal role.

3. Think about your ideal company

Besides finding a role with job responsibilities you're passionate about, look for a company you enjoy being a part of. Think about what your current company has that you enjoy and identify other characteristics you prefer in a work environment. Research companies with qualities that interest you like team-building opportunities, a strong culture or impressive benefits.

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4. Research companies and roles

Once you have a strong idea of what you want in a company, start researching companies with these traits and look for open positions. Look at different job boards with listings for your ideal role.

Keep track of the jobs that stand out to you most and track them in a spreadsheet to better organize the job search process. Make it a habit to search for new jobs several times throughout the week. Some job sites allow you to subscribe to messages featuring new listings related to your desired role.

When you find roles you like, research the company as well to evaluate the work environment. You can find this information on the "About Us" section of their website or by reading reviews from previous employees. You can also ask about the culture, values and environment during an interview or meeting.

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5. Build or update your resume

After writing down all of your favorite companies, make a resume with specific information for each role. You can start by building a general resume with your summary, work experience, job duties, education, skills and certifications listed. If your previous resume already has relevant skills and experience listed, add your most recent role and skills you've gained since you last updated it.

After making a resume, look at the job descriptions to find keywords used throughout the document. For example, if the job description regularly mentions proficiency in Microsoft Excel, add this throughout your resume by mentioning it as a skill and explaining how you used Microsoft Excel in your previous roles.

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6. Make a list of interview questions

If you've been asked to interview, prepare for it. List possible questions they may ask you to help you practice. It may help to research common interview questions or questions specific to your role. For example, if you're interviewing for a marketing manager role, type "marketing manager interview questions" into a search engine.

Once you have an idea of the questions they may ask, practice answering them with a friend or in front of a mirror. Make sure your questions still sound natural in the interview, rather than rehearsed and show proper interview etiquette throughout the process.

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7. Determine and negotiate your desired salary

Think about the salary you currently make and what you believe you deserve for this upcoming role. Research the average salary for the job title to ensure you ask for and receive an appropriate amount.

Once the employer or human resources employee offers you the job and asks for your desired salary, provide them with your established range. If you believe the offer they provide you appears too low, professionally negotiate higher pay with them.

When you reach a salary agreement you're satisfied with, show your appreciation and gratitude by thanking the employer for the opportunity. Determine what date they need you to start. Request to start in two weeks to a month, to give your current workplace plenty of time to handle your upcoming departure.

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8. Leave your company on good terms

After you accept the job offer, return to your current company and submit your resignation. A resignation letter typically includes:

  • A formal greeting

  • Your statement of resignation from the company

  • Your last day of work

  • A statement expressing your gratitude for the opportunity to work at the company

  • A list of outstanding projects and your plan for completing them

  • Any other important information you feel your supervisor should know

  • A professional salutation and signature

You can email this resignation to a human resources employee or your manager. It may be more respectful to schedule a meeting with your manager and submit your resignation letter in person.

Make sure you remain professional throughout the conversation and express gratitude for the role and opportunity. Leaving your company on good terms allows you to maintain strong connections with people at the company and allows you to use them as references in the future.

Please note that the company mentioned in this article is not affiliated with Indeed.

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