For workers around the world, the pandemic brought challenges, stresses, adjustments, and—perhaps surprisingly—deep reflection on the nature of work. That reflection has yielded new professional priorities, desires, and goals. And it has dramatically increased the number of employees who are wondering if it’s time to move on from their current jobs to find something new (and more meaningful).
If you’re like millions of American workers in the post-pandemic landscape, you might be facing a crossroads in your current role. You may have new expectations and desires for your workplace and the company you represent. You may find yourself daydreaming about finding a position that’s a better match for your career goals.
But how do you know when it’s time to start looking for new opportunities? And how can you prepare for life during the job hunt?
Vaco is passionate about helping talented professionals navigate their careers—when they’re actively searching and when they’re not. Even if you aren’t ready to hand in your two weeks’ notice, it can be helpful to gain an understanding of your overall career goals. It’s also beneficial to have a career expert on hand to help you decide which opportunities are right for you.
Let’s look at some key signs that it might be time to move on from your current job, plus some tips for preparing for the job search.
Key signs it’s time to move on from your current role
Everyone’s career journey is personal, and there’s no tried-and-true way to know if it’s time to pursue other job opportunities. There are, however, a few key signs that your current role isn’t ideal.
There are no (or few) opportunities for career growth
“No opportunity for advancement” is often cited as the key reason for an individual to leave a job. Roles that provide no path to career advancement or promotion can make even the best employees feel stuck. These jobs can also lead to burnout and mental health issues.
If your role offers no growth potential, and your company doesn’t invest in training or career development, it might be time to move on. Staying in a stagnant role can negatively impact more than your career. It can have negative effects on your physical health and happiness.
You aren’t being challenged
Everyone experiences bouts of disengagement or boredom in their jobs. And it can be difficult to distinguish between normal periods of disinterest and an overall feeling that you just aren’t being challenged or using your skills. Ask yourself if you regularly use the skills that are most important to you, and if your job requires you to think and analyze in challenging ways.
If you feel overqualified for your current role, it may be time to search for jobs that better align with your skillset.
You’re experiencing burnout
Burnout describes a level of work-related stress that impacts a person’s physical and mental health. It’s characterized by physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion, feeling disinterested or listless in your job, and feeling cynical toward your job duties or coworkers.
Burnout can happen to employees facing overwhelming workloads or confusing workplace responsibilities. It can also happen to workers who aren’t being challenged in their roles. Burnout is a response to prolonged levels of stress and often signals underlying issues with the nature of a job or workplace environment.
Check out a recent Vaco LinkedIn Live to learn more about the 5 stages of job burnout.
You’re unhappy with your work-life balance
Good work-life balance, defined as the equilibrium between a person’s career-related work and personal life, is a vital part of staying engaged, productive, and happy in a role. But even as science has shown the importance of work-life balance to employee health, work-related stress has only increased.
Signs that a job may be negatively impacting your work-life balance?
- The workload frequently requires long hours.
- The commute to the office is long and stressful, and there is no remote or hybrid work option.
- Employees are regularly required to be available by phone or email outside of business hours.
- Employees are often given unexpected, complex projects that must be completed on tight deadlines.
If your current role requires an “always available” attitude from employees, it may be time to search for a healthier company culture and work environment.
You don’t have the flexibility you desire
Millions of employees around the world successfully worked from home during the pandemic. As vaccinations rise and the world returns to some semblance of normal, the desire for a flexible schedule and work environment has only intensified.
If you want WFH flexibility but your workplace doesn’t offer flexible policies, it may be time to look for new opportunities.
Now that we’ve examined some signs that you may need to move on from your current job, let’s look at ways to prepare for the job search.
Ready to seek new job opportunities? Here’s how to prepare
If you’ve decided to make a job switch, it’s important to be prepared for the road ahead. The job search can be grueling, especially for candidates who haven’t been in the job market for several years. Fortunately, there are a few key ways to streamline your job hunt.
Rework your resume
Your resume is one of your most important tools in a successful job search. Take the time to carefully read and evaluate your resume before submitting job applications. Make sure your work experience and skills are up-to-date, and consider including links to examples of your work.
Download Vaco’s resume template and craft an outstanding resume today.
Brush up on your virtual interview etiquette
With the rise of remote work, virtual interviews have become standard for many companies as they recruit and hire. But the virtual space can pose unique challenges for candidates who want to stand out and make the best possible impression.
It’s important to brush up on your virtual interview etiquette long before you have an interview scheduled. Perfect your lighting, troubleshoot connectivity issues, and make sure you have a quiet, distraction-free space to conduct the interview. With the basics taken care of, you can focus on setting yourself apart as a top candidate.
Read more of our top tips for nailing a virtual interview.
Work with a recruiter
An experienced recruiter does more than fill roles. They serve as career experts and trusted resources for candidates throughout their professional lives. A great recruiter can help you improve your resume, craft a standout cover letter, and offer insight into the local job market. They can also provide unique insight into the hiring companies they work with, giving you an inside perspective throughout the process.
Connect with a recruiter before you hand in your two weeks’ notice. Be straightforward about your goals and priorities, and be honest about your experiences in interviews. If your recruiter knows and understands your career goals and workplace expectations, they can bring you the best possible opportunities.
Check out more reasons to work with a recruiter during your job search.
Get started on your next professional adventure
Vaco helps talented candidates find their dream jobs. But we don’t stop there. We want to be a trusted resource of career expertise and guidance throughout their professional lives.
If you’re ready to make a career move, the expert recruiters with Vaco will be with you all the way.
Contact our recruiters today to get started.