If you don’t really dislike your job, but have a nagging feeling that things just aren’t quite what you want them to be, then you’re faced with a really, really hard decision. Do you take a risk and find something new, or stick it out?

Are you wondering? Worrying? Stressing out? You’re the only one who can make this decision, but there are factors you can consider to make it easier.

Considering Leaving Your Job?

Maybe you don’t have to leave to affect change.

You may be able to create the change you need without throwing yourself into the job market. It’s not always an extreme, all-or-nothing choice.

  • Talk to your manager or HR department. Explore options such as taking on additional responsibilities or switching to a different functional area. See if you can shadow someone whose job duties interest you, to see if that might be a direction you’d like to follow.
  • Find a mentor. This is a trusted colleague who you can turn to for guidance and advice. They can help you explore new options at your company – and will be helpful if you do decide to go elsewhere when all is said and done.

Find the 3 C’s.

There are three basic things you need in order to either start looking for a new job or improving the one you already have:

  • Clarity: You may know what you don’t want, but find and clarify exactly what you do What is most important to you, right now?
  • Confidence: What do you believe about yourself? Building your confidence can stimulate change in an instant.
  • Control: You need to be able to control your experience at work, wherever that may be. If you feel like you’re losing that control, then it’s time to get it back.

Watch for these telltale signs.

If you’re on the fence about your next career move, these signs may point to the need for a change:

  • You’re not growing. You’ve been in the same role for years, without opportunity for significant advancement, learning, raises or promotions. You feel like you’re no longer challenged and have gotten all you can out of your position. Hint: Stay aware of your value in the marketplace and the general employment situation in your field and your geographic area.
  • There’s no support for your goals. You’ve been passed over for promotions, possibly because something or someone is preventing you from moving up. Maybe you’ve tried discussing this with your boss and gotten nowhere. If the conversation never seems to happen, it might be worth asking why not.
  • You’re bored. Sometimes, routine is comforting. But be wary when it turns into long-term boredom or monotony. If you always feel tired and not energized, you constantly procrastinate or watch the clock, or are just “going through the motions,” these are red flags.

Remember, you’re not alone.

If turning to your mentor or a trusted friend is not enough, consider a professional career counselor who can help you determine what your next professional step should be. The experts at TRC Professional Solutions offer objectivity, expertise and a wide network of contacts and resources to help you find – and follow – the best path. Contact us today to learn more.

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