I’ve participated in a series of panel discussions lately. Some of the common threads running throughout theses discussions were these: how can I best take charge of my career, how do find that next great thing…the right thing…for my career, and what are the warning signs to look to tell you that it’s time to move on. There’s a lot to unpack here, and some of these topics I’ve addressed with past articles. For this article, let me tackle the warning signs.
Throughout the course of my career, there have been some clear indicators for me that signaled it was time to look for personal and career fulfillment elsewhere and, when I speak with others on this topics, the signs seem very similar.
Here’s a simple list of warning signs that could tell you it’s time for a move:
- Dread: On Sunday afternoon, your mood changes, you dread the upcoming week and have an empty feeling in the pit of your stomach.
- Delay: On most mornings, you stay in bed a bit longer than usual and find yourself arriving at work not late but later than normal.
- Brand Misalignment: As you begin to learn more about and understand your personal brand and operating principles, you find them to be incongruous with your current employer’s style and you just can’t reconcile the differences.
- Disinterest: It seems that your supervisors or bosses have little interest in helping you belong and become who you were meant to be.
- By mid-week, you’re wishing the remaining days way just to make it to Friday night.
- Sadness: Simply, you don’t smile or laugh much during the day and you’re just not happy.
It’s not easy, certain or risk-free to make a critical career decision but I’ve always found that your heart and mind will tell you very clearly when it’s time.