Are you considering changing jobs post-COVID? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey by staffing firm Robert Half found that 1 in 3 professionals would look for a new job if they are required to return to the office post-COVID. Other mid-career professionals have realized that there aren’t enough opportunities for career growth in their positions and will be looking for new jobs post-COVID.
We work with mid-career professionals every day and help them to determine their ideal jobs. The truth is that life is too short to stay in a job you don’t truly enjoy. It is possible to thrive instead of just survive at work. However, we don’t recommend jumping ship and changing jobs post-COVID prematurely. So how do you know when it’s really time to go? Here are 8 warning signs to look out for:
- You dread getting out of bed every morning.
- Your work relationships and performance are suffering.
- You work tirelessly but get no joy or satisfaction from it.
- You’ve started to slack off and have little or no motivation.
- You become someone else at work.
- Your job doesn’t make use of your talents.
- You spend most of your time complaining about your job.
- You regularly think about quitting, being fired, or being let go.
If you identify with 1 or 2 of the above statements, you may just be going through a rough patch at work. And really, the past year of working remotely has been a rough patch for many professionals. If you identify with 3 or 4 of the above statements, you are probably not in the right career but are pretty close to your ideal career. We recommend writing down what is working for you and what is not working in your current job to help you get started. You may find that with a few small adjustments, you can get closer to your ideal career. Perhaps the same job at a different company, or a different role in the same company could be all that’s needed.
Finally, if you identify with 5 or more of the above statements, it’s time to make a change. Keep in mind that working remotely or in the office is only a piece of the puzzle to finding the right career fit. It’s important to identify your career values to help you determine your ideal job. To help you get started, we recommend thinking of a peak experience in your life and writing down what made it so special to you. This can help you to determine what values are important to you personally and professionally.
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