Do you enjoy your work, but envious of the achievements of others in your network?
Are you putting up with long hours, travel, commute time, or other factors because you enjoy the work?
Staying in a role that you’ve outgrown, out of a sense of loyalty or hesitation to change, could become a demotivating experience in the longer term.
In our experience, having the courage to move on from a perfectly good job before you’ve reached a point where you no longer enjoy it and need to exit quickly, is far easier (and more rewarding) than waiting. Here’s why:
Those friends you’re envious of – they’re likely to be posting their achievements on social media or talking about it at the pub because they have excitement and passion for what they’re doing. Are you projecting the same level of enthusiasm?
There’s no hard and fast rule about how long is long enough to stay with a company, so be honest with yourself about why you’re holding on. Taking stock of your own feelings towards the job and what you’re projecting to your network will quickly tell you if it’s for the right reasons or not.
Even if you’ve made a concerted effort to keep your skills up to date at your current job, you won’t know if there’s a better way to do it until you compare it to another. A new mix of employees will expose you to skills and ideas that you’re unlikely to experience by staying put.
Even if you work for a large organisation, your ability to grow your network will inevitably be limited by staying at one place for too long. And without a strong, dynamic network, opportunities to take on new challenges or find your dream job will pass you by every day.
Regardless of how much you may enjoy your work, the people you work with or how much you’re being paid, sometimes having the courage to recognise that there is opportunity beyond the comfort zone is all it takes to make significant changes; and since few things scare people like the unknown, feeling fear is an excellent sign you’re on the right track to something great.
If it’s been a while since you’ve been through the job search process, you might find our 10 days of job search tips useful, or get in touch with one of our consultants who can assist you in the search.