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When to make a move

By Emma Tee on

Long gone are the days of employees staying with the same company for their entire careers. We say that, but our shortest-serving employee has been here for almost 22 years! We are proof that although it’s rare, it still does happen, we just don’t see it as often as we used to. 

People move more freely than they did when we started over 30 years ago, and although staying in one place isn’t frowned upon by us, some employers do question it as it’s not particularly common in the recruitment market. 

Although we are here to make the move as seamless as possible, moving jobs can be intimidating. It’s disruptive and the change often results in people being filled with feelings of self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and stress. In fact, research has shown that changing jobs is one of the most stressful things a person can go through, so we understand the hesitation. 

Like many things, there never seems to be a ‘right time’ to move jobs, but there are indicators that crop up that you’ll want to take note of:

You’ve outgrown the role

It’s only natural to outgrow a role. It’s normal to not be in the same place that you were when you accepted the job. Over time, your skills will have developed, your experience will have widened, and your goals will have changed. If the company you’re with can’t offer the career path or development that you’re searching for, then it’s time to look elsewhere. Even if you love the company and love your colleagues, if deep down you’re yearning for something more, making a move will eventually make you happier. 

You’ve lost the love

People change and so do companies. Perhaps you’ve lost confidence or belief in what the company does, perhaps you’re not a fan of the direction they’re taking the business in, or perhaps there’s a new structure you’re not a fan of. Either way, if you’ve lost the passion then it’s time to start the search. You’ll notice that you’ve lost the love if your motivation is lacking, you spend your time watching the clock, or find the little irritating things, that you breezed past before, are now starting to get to you. 

You’re window shopping

If you’ve signed up to all the job sites and started to get back to the recruiters who creep into your LinkedIn DMs, and you’re doing it for more than just salary market research, then on some subliminal level it’s likely that you’re open to something new. Dipping your toe in the water and seeing what’s out there is the first step, so it’s likely that you’ve already made your decision on some level. You just need to have the confidence to see it through.

You feel invisible

Do you feel valued? Do your ideas get heard and seriously considered? Are you given the same opportunities as others? If the answer to any of those is no, it’s time to pack your bags. There will be a company out there that will value you, will listen to your opinions, will put you on a proper career path, will reward you properly, and will invest in you.

You’re not happy

Everyone has their off days. The Sunday blues are normal, but if the blues are creeping further into the week and you’re feeling feelings of dread, it’s time to get your coat. No job or environment should make you feel that way or negatively impact your health, so if you do start to notice those feelings or it’s impacting your mood, look out for other options. They’ll be out there!

If you relate and are considering a move, now is a great time to start the search. The marketing industry is awash with opportunities and luckily we have a superb selection of jobs for you to nose through. We can also make the move a lot easier, so do get in touch if you’re looking.