It’s that time again.  The end of year performance review, bonus time and also the time for new year’s resolutions.

Have you stayed on one job too long? But feel too comfortable to leave?  Afraid of making a change?  Here are some reasons to start looking for another job.  And there is no better time than now!

  1. You are bored – Tired of doing the same old thing day in and day out?  If you are just going through the motions, not learning anything new, not being challenged, it is time to change.  A new job will be more interesting, teach you new skills, and stretch your mind in different ways.
  2. Your boss or co-workers rub you the wrong way – Maybe you haven’t been there too long, but you are not feeling the love.  Not that we look for love at work.  We want to be respected and appreciated by our peers and our supervisors.  However, when the feeling is not right, or there is verbal abuse, or the feeling of being left out of the loop, then it’s time to start looking.
  3. You did not get the raise or bonus you think you deserve – If you have gone above and beyond, worked your fingers to the bone, and still feel unappreciated, then it’s time to go.  Places that just don’t give decent raises or big enough bonuses are a waste of your time and energy.  Waiting another year, hoping things will change is foolish and unrealistic.  If you got a smaller raise than other staff, that is a signal they are not as happy with you as they are with other employees.
  4. There is a re-org – When the scent of change is in the wind, or the handwriting is on the wall about a merger, re-organization, re-engineering or layoffs, it is better to start searching before you get laid off.  Don’t take it personally.  Some companies downsize and let people go regardless of how well they have performed or how much they like them.  They want to avoid duplication of functions.
  5. You have changed – You are at a different stage in life, in your career, in your life plan.  If you have done some soul searching and decided you want to move in a different direction, figure out what that direction is before you leave.