Are you feeling kind of “blah” about your job? Most of us feel less-than-inspired on occasion, even if we’ve got the best job in the world. But there are certain red flags that can mean it’s not a temporary dip in job satisfaction, and that it might be time to start looking for a new job:
For instance: If you’re passed over for a promotion. Employment expert Joan Olson says it’s important to find out why it happened. Maybe you just don’t have the right certification or training to move up. But if you can’t get a straight answer, they may have decided you’re not a good “fit,” and you’ll never be promoted.
Another sign it might be time for a new job: You don’t get along with your boss. The truth is, if you don’t like your boss, you may be picking up on their feelings about you, and if your boss doesn’t like you, your chances for success at that job are limited.
Another red flag that you need a new job: You spend Sunday dreading Monday. If you dread going to work every morning, or you’re having work-related nightmares, there’s a larger problem.
Also: Pay attention if you’re being left out of meetings. Your boss is overriding your decisions, or making decisions without your input. That means you aren’t being valued.
The final tip-off that you need a new job: You’re not feeling challenged. Career coach Nana Branton says that workers often hit plateaus, especially at the 5-year mark. The fix: Ask your boss for new assignments, or if you can be trained in new skills. But if your request is rejected, and you’ve gone as high as you can without learning new skills, it might be time to move on.