The Most Telling Sign You Need a New Job

A recent article listed 11 signs it’s time to find a new job, but one of the 11 stood out as the main indicator.

Recently Forbes ran an article titled, “Eleven Signs You’ve Stayed In Your Job Too Long.”

Some of the items in the list are ones that I would think most people wouldn’t consider. The first one, for example, is that you can’t think of three other employers in your city who have people with skills like yours on their teams. I don’t know, off the top of my head, why I’d take the time to even ponder this little scenario.

But if you ever make such a determination about your own job and your competitors’ staffs, according to the article, it’s a sign of trouble because it means you’re out of touch with your local talent market.

Fortunately, I can think of multiple workplaces with people of my skill sets. In some cases, I daresay, my counterparts may not have the experience or the broad background I have. But I definitely take that as a positive.

In any case, as I explored the list, I was most struck by the last item on the list:

11. You hate to get up in the morning and go to work.

I may not always be a “morning person,” but I certainly don’t dread going to work in the morning.

I know people who’ve had jobs where they genuinely felt that way every single day of their lives. What a terrible burden it must be to feel that way every morning the alarm clock goes off!

But that’s not me at all.

I enjoy what I do. There are occasional frustrations, but that’s true in every job, no matter what career field you pursue.

The day I ever dread even getting up to go to work is a day I hope never comes. But I suspect if I ever head down that road, I will know it long before I actually reach that point.

Why would anyone want to allow themselves to become that miserable? It doesn’t sound healthy to me.

You don’t need 11 “warning signs.” Just make sure that you steer clear of just that one and you should have a pretty good life.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.