Now that hiring has stepped-up and unemployment numbers are down, more people are employed, yet many are unhappy with what they are doing. It is a trend in the workforce that is concerning for many since they are afraid to make a job change for fear of being on long-term unemployment. The memories of being out of work are fresh and many are just happy to have a paycheck.
So how do you know if you really are unhappy with your job or the company you are working for or just having a bad day? Is it a wise move to leave your current job or career for one that offers you more contentment? It may be time to move on, but knowing why you want to leave is the key to a successful job or career transition.
So how do you know if you are really unhappy in your current job or career?
- Your stomach drops when you approach your office. This happened to me years ago, and I knew I needed to leave my sales position at a contract cleaning firm which was something I never liked, but took the job when I needed work. After four years of measuring bathrooms and toilet stalls, I needed to move on.
- You fall asleep at your computer due to boredom. Nothing is worse than lack of stimulation. The days go by slowly, yet your life is evaporating right in front of you. You owe it to yourself to be stimulated.
- You book your next vacation the day you return from a vacation. This is a sign you are not being fulfilled by your current job or career. When being away from work is the only excitement you get, its time to think about a new job.
- You become envious of your friends careers. This is a tall-tale sign you are not satisfied with your own life. Watching their postings on Facebook of all the fun things they are doing is making you miserable only because you aren’t where you want to be at this point in your life.
- You snap at work and yell at your boss or your co-worker. I had a verbally abusive boss at that contract cleaning company I worked who was always yelling at me, even though I was the top sales person. One day he was screaming in my face and I just snapped! I said, “Get the f**k out of my face!” I knew I had had it with him and the job and resigned the next day after I went to the unemployment office and told them I had been berated by my boss. They contested the claim, but I won the case.
There's an old adage that “life is too short to be unhappy”, yet the reality it is. So if you are experiencing any of these signs, pay attention and start making some changes in your life and look for a job or career that is more fulfilling.