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Reframe or resign?

 
Is it time to change jobs, or time to change mindsets? Everybody can feel a little stale or unhappy with their role from time-to-time, and emotion can tell you that it’s time for a change. If you’ve had more than a few mornings where you’ve really not wanted to go to work, then something needs addressing.
 
But is the grass greener, or are you in a great spot and simply can’t see it at this point in time? A good recruitment consultant can become your career partner for life and offer unbiased advice on whether to stay put, or when it’s a good time to move on.

When you feel you’ve had enough of work

Many of us may feel fed up with a job during different stages of their lives – the Sunday Scaries and Mondayitis are phrases that everyone can relate to at times. Whether it's a sense of monotony in your daily tasks or a lack of inspiration and growth in your thinking, addressing these feelings requires introspection and a change of mindset. And possibly a change of job – but you won’t know that for sure until you unpick what’s really going on.
 
What’s causing you to dislike your job can stem from various factors, including:
 

Monotonous tasks

Repetitive tasks or a lack of new challenges can lead to a sense of boredom and disengagement.
 

Limited growth opportunities

A lack of opportunities for skill development, career advancement, or learning new things.
 

Mindset and perspective

Your mindset plays a crucial role in how you perceive your job and life. Negative thinking patterns, fear of change, or a fixed mindset can contribute to stagnation.
 

Work environment

Factors such as a toxic work culture, poor management, or lack of autonomy can contribute to feelings of dissatisfaction.

Strategies for renewed energy and purpose

These emotions very rarely go away by themselves unless there is a radically positive change in your working environment, it’s down to you to address them and find a way out.
 

Set meaningful goals

Define clear, actionable goals that align with your values and aspirations. Break down larger goals into manageable steps and track your progress.
 

Seek feedback and mentorship

Request feedback from colleagues, mentors, or trusted advisors. Their perspectives can provide valuable insights and guidance for improvement.
 

Connect with peers

Engage in networking events, industry conferences, or professional communities. Building connections with like-minded individuals can offer support, inspiration, and new opportunities.
 

Embrace creativity

Incorporate creativity into your work and life. Explore hobbies, artistic pursuits, or brainstorm innovative solutions to challenges at work.
 

Practice mindfulness

Cultivate mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep breathing, or mindful walking. These practices can help reduce stress, improve focus, and enhance overall well-being.
 
But what if you’ve tried all of these and still feel the same. What if it’s time for a change?

Signs it's time for a career change

Changing jobs is a decision not to be made lightly. But if you’ve genuinely tried changing your mindset and can’t seem to make progress, then it might be time to move on. Here are some signs that you should start updating your CV.
 

Persistent stress and burnout

Chronic stress, burnout, and physical or emotional exhaustion related to work can be significant red flags. Forget a bit of negativity, this is that ground in feeling of defeat. Constantly feeling overwhelmed, experiencing anxiety about work, or noticing a decline in your overall well-being due to work-related factors are signs that your current job may not be sustainable in the long run.
 

Negative impact on health and well-being

Taking stress to the next level, prolonged dissatisfaction with your career can manifest in physical symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, or other health issues. Mental health can also be significantly affected, leading to anxiety, depression, or feelings of worthlessness. Recognising these signs and addressing the underlying causes, which may include your job situation, is crucial for overall well-being.
 

Mismatched values and culture

If you find that your values, beliefs, and work style are fundamentally different from those of your organisation or colleagues, it can create a sense of dissonance and dissatisfaction. Feeling like you don't fit into the company culture or that your contributions are not valued can lead to a desire for a more aligned work environment.
 

Lack of work-life balance

Struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance is a common issue in today's fast-paced work environments. If your job demands excessive hours, constant availability outside of work hours, or interferes with your personal life and well-being, it may be time to re-evaluate whether the sacrifices are worth it.
 

Financial concerns

While money shouldn't be the sole motivator for a career change, persistent financial concerns related to your current job can be a valid reason to explore other options. If you feel underpaid, undervalued, or financially insecure despite your efforts, it's worth considering whether a different career path could offer better compensation and stability.
 

Seeking meaningful work

Many individuals also reach a point in their careers where they desire more than just a salary. They need a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and the opportunity to make a positive impact through their work. If you find yourself longing for more meaningful work that aligns with your passions, it could be a sign that a career change is in order.
 

Positive vision for the future

Lastly, if you can envision a more fulfilling and rewarding career path that excites you and aligns with your long-term goals, it's a good indication that you're ready for a change. Trusting your instincts and taking proactive steps towards a career transition can lead to a brighter and more satisfying professional journey.
 
Remember, making a career change or simply changing jobs is a significant decision that requires careful consideration, planning, and sometimes professional guidance. If you need help, contact one of our recruitment consultants today. 
 

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