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There are times when you just know you need to change jobs. Your current company may be downsizing, or your “job of a life time” has come along. Other times it’s more difficult to know if the time is right to start looking at new opportunities. Everyone can dislike their job on occasion, but there is a difference between having a bad day and being in the wrong job. Does it make sense to stay and try to get things right or is it time to make a move?

A few of the questions to consider when thinking about your current situation:

 • Is there a solve-able problem at your current firm?
   - If yes, have you communicated with someone that is empowered to make that change?
   - Have you given your firm an adequate amount of time to make the necessary changes?

 • If you’re a ladder climber, and opportunity knocks, is it worth going after your destiny or is it
   better to vest more time with your current employer?

   - How much risk is involved?
   - What is the upside vs. downside?

If you have taken some time to consider those questions and you still aren’t sure if it’s time to change jobs, there are a few indicators to help you figure it out. Below are some of the situations that might mean its time to start looking at what’s out there:

You don’t fit in.  Maybe you and your coworkers are like oil and water; or maybe you have serious value differences with the company on how the business is run.

Your career hasn’t gone anywhere since you got there and you can’t see “up”. Having room to grow and learn is important in a career; you do a better job when you’re engaged in what you’re doing.  Whether it’s getting a promotion or just expanding your skill set, new responsibilities can help you enjoy your job more.

Your personal values and needs have changed. You could have had the “perfect job” at one point, but because of a changing lifestyle or different family needs your job doesn’t fit you anymore.

You’re not valued. If you feel like you’re not appreciated or that you’re “just a number” for the company. Great employees want to feel like they’re making a difference and not just punching a timecard.

You dread going to work in the mornings Think about where your current level of satisfaction is on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 you jump up on Mondays and are glad the weekend is finally over, 1 someone has to convince you to go back to work on Monday) at your current position. If you stay where you are, will that still be how you feel one year from now?

While it can be scary to consider leaving your current position, you should remember that you deserve to have a job that you love where you are able to show your full potential and you feel appreciated for the job that you do.