Tuesday, March 29, 2011

When do I know if I should get a new job?

Are you bored at work?  Ask yourself what's causing this boredom!
Question:  I've been at my job for almost three years and lately I've been bored of it. When I was looking for other jobs, they don't seem that interesting to me either. Do you think it's time for me to leave my current job and find something else? (Chicago, IL)

Social Shrink:  That depends: why are you bored with your job? Is it not challenging enough for you? Is it doing the same thing every day and you don’t feel like you’re learning? Are you so used to it that it bores you? Are you going nowhere in your job?

The reality is that no one wants to work. It'd be great if we could stay home and watch All My Children all day. Yet it’s not always about the money.  It’s about growing professionally, doing something you love, and waking up each morning excited to do something you’re passionate about. Some questions to ask yourself: what career path do you want to go in? Is your current job taking you there?  In the next two to three years, where would you ideally like to be in your professional path?

If your current job has the opportunities to make it more challenging and for you to grow, then finding a whole new job is unnecessary.  You should take advantage of the fact that you've been there for a few years now and you’ve built a foundation within your company or organization. Request a meeting with your boss asking for more responsibility or take more initiative if you want to fill up your plate more. Don't be shy about letting your superiors know what you want – if they are good bosses, they will care about your professional growth as well.

If you are looking for more career growth and feel you are not getting that with your company, then it's time to move on. If you’ve discussed options with your boss and they’ve told you that there isn’t much more room for growth, then that is a clear indication that you’re approaching a dead-end in that job.

To find a job that fits you best, reach out to your network of friends, family and colleagues and identify those who are in a similar career that you’d like to get into or eventually be in down the line.  Find out what steps they took to get where they are and assess how you can get there.  If it’s time for a new job, it means it’s time for you to be the “Three P’s” - Persistent, Proactive, and Positive that you will find the next best fit.  If all you’re finding are jobs that don’t interest you, then you are looking in the wrong places.  Locate where you want to be and then dig deeper.  For example, if you want to work at Domestic Violence shelter, don’t wait for job listings to pop up.  Proactively seek Domestic Violence shelters in your area, research directly on their website, and reach out to those who may have connections or who are in this particular career. 

We commend you for taking a step back and realizing that it’s time for a transition into the next phase of your career growth.  Good luck!

Need more tips on if you should quit? Check out U.S. News and World Report's Article “10 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job.”


  1. This must be a question that most employees ask themselves at certain times in their careers. Many experts say this type of question arises at the end of the second year of working at any job. But in my opinion it really depends on each person and the type of job they are working at. Some people are so motivated with their jobs that never think about this question at all.
    I think that one of the most important aspects to consider in any job is the prospect career that your actual employer offers or does not offer in the company you work at. If the prospect career seems promissing, you might want to stay at your job for years, if not, it may seem hard to stay at your actual job in the long run.
    Another factor which must be consider is your boss's leadership style. Does your boss listen to your concerns? Is you boss passing a good word about you to his or her superiors? Is your boss challenging you with new responsabilites? Is your boss setting out the road for you to have a career growth within the company? There is no doubt that your boss's leadership style and the relation he or she has with you really accounts for your motiviation and your prospectiveness of continuing or not with your actual job.