6 telltale signs that it's time to find a new job

As a recruiter, you often hear about why someone is looking to leave their current role and explore a new opportunity.

I have worked with professionals who are under pressure and stressed at work that they have come into the office and broken down in tears. Others have considered themselves underpaid and overworked or simply feel that they have come to the end of the road with their current firm. Then there are the commercial thinkers who recognise that although they are perfectly content in their work there may well just be a better opportunity out there for them.
Here are some indicators that would suggest it is time to see if your skills are better suited elsewhere.

1. You look at yourself and don't recognise the person you see in the mirror

If you have become so stressed and anxious that you are unhappy even once you have left work and are in the comfort of your own surroundings, should you not question if this particular job is the right one for you?

2. Work-related stress is putting a strain on your physical health

The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping you alert and ready to avoid danger. However, when someone is faced with continuous challenges without relief or relaxation stress can lead to physical symptoms. Headaches, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, problems with sleeping, rashes on your body amongst other things should not be a consequence of work pressures. Furthermore, this type of stress is likely to affect productivity even though you are more than capable of performing well in your job.

3. Your work is seriously affecting your personal life

Work life balance is important. When you find that you only see your children when they are sleeping or your partner´s face is becoming unfamiliar, it is probably time to assess how you can manage this more effectively.

4. You want to expand your skills 

You’ve come to grips with what your role requires and you are keen to learn more and expand your experience. If you have talked to your manager about this and there is no way forward, it is probably time to get searching. Lack of progression on your CV can end up reflecting badly on you and lead potential employers to question why you have not progressed or found an opportunity where you could have.

5. You feel that your skills aren't being fully utilized

Your manager doesn’t acknowledge or recognise that you have more to offer than what you’ve been allowed to participate in. Or you have missed out on your promotion even though you have done everything expected of you and more. If your current firm doesn´t appreciate your efforts, then it´s time you find another that will!

6. Overworked and underpaid

You’re not getting paid what you’re worth and you don’t believe that it will change anytime soon, get some advice on how your experience fairs with market rate and act accordingly.


That´s great! You are probably well remunerated, challenged and in a great position at this stage in your career but what if you could have all this and more in another firm? I speak to many people who are quite content at work but who take the time to have a chat to me about developments in the market. They also seize the opportunity to explain what a new role would need to look like in the future for it to be of potential interest to them. These are the savvy people who appreciate what they have but who also understand that anything could happen to change how they currently feel. These people are one step ahead of the game for when the time comes to make an important move. You may love your job, but that does not mean there is not a better opportunity out there for you. Be aware of the opportunities available, if you truly love your job you will only move for something better, you have nothing to lose! 

So DON´T wait to look in the mirror and not recognise the person staring back at you and DON´T let work negatively affect your health or work life balance. HAVE the confidence to explore other opportunities if you feel undervalued or at the end of the road. BE proactive, BE a commercial thinker and DO get some career advice or just an update on the job market and its current conditions!

Archie Forbes Adam's picture
Manager | Tax