How to Know When It's Time to Leave Your Job

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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? How to know when it’s time to leave your job. How do you know whether you would be happier if you changed jobs or whether you are better off staying where you are? You need to ensure you are moving for the right reasons before you begin to search for an alternative role. Here are a few factors to consider. haysplc.com/viewpoint

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DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT ALLOW YOU TO THRIVE? If you received criticism or a poor performance review from your boss and consequently decide to move jobs, first try to remove the emotion from the situation and consider whether you are able to improve your performance in your current role. When to consider moving: If this is not possible and you do decide to move, consider carefully your next role and look for an environment where you will be able to thrive.

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DO YOU FEEL CHALLENGED? You may not be averse to routine but when that routine equates to monotony, your enthusiasm for your role is likely to wane. Discovering opportunities to develop your skills and expertise in your current role or taking on more responsibility will ensure that you are challenged both personally and professionally. When to consider moving: Consider a career move if these opportunities do not exist in your current organisation.

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CAN YOU SEE A CLEAR CAREER PATH? Even if you can’t see a long-term career path in your current firm, you could be gaining valuable experience in the short-term that will be a good stepping-stone to a more senior role within another firm. When to consider moving: If you cannot see a clear career path in your current firm and are no longer gaining experience, consider making a move upwards elsewhere.

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ARE YOU EXPERIENCING CONFLICT AT WORK? However hard you try, you cannot get on with everyone. However, it’s important to invest time in building relationships with your team; you may be surprised how quickly productivity and efficiency increases when everyone is pulling together. When to consider moving: If the team dynamic isn’t working out, staying in a role where there are extreme conflicts can be stressful. Don’t let things get bad before you decide to make a move.

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ARE YOU UNDERPAID? Are you enjoying your role but think you are underpaid? If so, research the market to arm yourself with the facts and speak to your boss. There may be more money available and your boss may not be aware of current market pay scales. You could also suggest to incorporate a performance-related bonus scheme instead of a basic pay rise. When to consider moving: If you know you are underpaid and your current firm are unable to fairly compensate your efforts, your job search can begin.

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Should you stay or should you go? Well ultimately that’s your call. But do everything possible to ensure you wake-up tomorrow and think “I love my job”! If you are seeking out new opportunities, you may find these SlideShare presentations useful: • Searching for a new job? Avoid these 6 LinkedIn mistakes. • How to make your interviewer love you. • 10 daily habits to bring you career success.

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ABOUT HAYS Hays is a leading global professional recruiting group, the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. With over 8,748 staff operating from 244 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms, last year we placed around 57,000 candidates into permanent jobs, and around 212,000 people into temporary assignments. haysplc.com

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