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How do you know when it's time to get a new job?

  • September 07, 2012

How do you know when it's time to get a new job?

Many Americans decided to stay at their job amidst the economic uncertainty of the recession of the late 2000s. Sometimes this was not a difficult decision, as some people had jobs that they enjoyed which paid them a fair salary. Others, however, were just waiting for the right time to move on and find more suitable employment.

Although there is still fierce debate about whether or not the nation's economy is on the road to recovery, many people are viewing the slight improvements as a chance to relocate to another part of the country or to begin looking for a new career.

Whether you have already packed the moving van lines or are just beginning to think about it, here are a few signs that it is time to find a new job.

Morning blues
If you begin each workday with a sense of dread, it is probably time to consider finding more fulfilling work. Every day isn't perfect, and nobody likes their job all the time, but if you are feeling depressed about heading into work five days a week, you can be relatively certain your position is not right for you.

Work is a common conversation topic, and how you talk about it can provide insight into how you truly feel. While many people use discussions with friends or partners as a chance to vent about problems at work, you might find yourself going out of your way to lament your job - this may be a sign that your unhappiness at the office is bleeding into your social life.

Life change
Sometimes a career change doesn't reflect your opinion of your job as much as it demonstrates that you are craving a more general shake-up. It can be common to get the urge to see a different region or live closer to (or farther from) family members. In situations like this, moving out of state and getting a new job can be a healthy way to get a fresh start or see things from a new perspective.

Make the move
Whatever the reason, millions of people switch jobs each year, and transition is a common stage in many Americans' lives. If you do relocate to start a new job, though, you may want to consider utilizing long distance moving and storage to make the transition as smooth as possible. Commencing a new career can be complicated enough without the added stress of carrying out the hard work of relocation alone.


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