The 10 Signs That It's Time to Find a New Job


Recognizing the signs that it is time to change jobs can provide you with an opportunity to plan your next career move before becoming unemployed. Sometimes workers pick up clues of pending job loss from the workplace, but occasionally a worker can start seeing signs of personal dissatisfaction with his current job. Typically, workers should start assessing new job opportunities if they recognize more than three or four signs of future job loss.

Personal Attitude

  • If a worker's attitude about his job grows increasingly negative, this can be a sign that it is time to find a new job. This does not necessarily mean that it is time to find a new company. You may be able to request a transfer to a different location or department within the same company. Acquiring a new job within the same company allows a worker to maintain benefits and earned rewards.

Company Finances

  • Inadequate or negative growth can indicate that a company is having financial difficulty and could soon close if not reduce its workforce. If the company is not a public company, it can be difficult to assess growth accurately. Some indications of financial problems include forced early retirement and small market shares, according to the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.


  • Stressing about a job that is typically a low-stress job can indicate job dissatisfaction. Whether a worker is stressing about her job performance, lack of work or something else related to work, if the feeling of stress is more than temporary, it can be time to start job-hunting, according to U.S. News & World Report's Money website.

More Negatives Than Positives

  • Making a list of the pros and cons of a job can help you decide if it is time to move on. Some workers may be surprised to find that their job is not as bad as they initially thought after making the list. Workers who consistently find more negatives about the job than positives may want to consider a new job.

Outdated Skills

  • Jobs change as technology changes. Workers who do not maintain current job skills can find themselves no longer able to do a job. Not understanding new job requirements can be a sign for you to find a new job or enter a training program.

Physical Demands

  • Workers that are no longer able to keep up with the physical demands of a job can consider that a sign to find new job. Strenuous labor becomes difficult for older workers after time. Even if you're still able to perform a job, inability to keep up with the pace of the workplace can mean the job is too difficult for you.

Company Change

Not Enough Money

  • Workers who find that their pay is not keeping up with their standard of living may need to look for a new job. If you're not receiving regular raises, you can assume that the company does not feel that your performance merits a raise or that the company cannot afford to give you a raise. Either way, needing more money and not getting it can be a sign it is time to find a new job.

Family Problems

  • When a worker's job requires her to be gone from home a lot, it can interfere with her personal life. Employees who wish to preserve relationships may find it necessary to change employers if they cannot rearrange their work schedule to spend more time with their loved ones.

Locked Out

  • When a worker finds himself no longer included in discussions about company decisions, it can mean that the company no longer considers his input valuable. As such, this can indicate that the company plans to downsize his position or replace him. If you're in this position, you should consider this as a sign that it is time to start looking for a job.


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