09 Oct How do I know when to find an alternate job?
As an employee there is often a drive to excel to better roles or positions in your career. Where you begin, is often not where your career will end. If there is no opportunity for movement in your current company, the culture is not the right fit, or if your position is underpaid – you may be preparing to reposition yourself.
What are some good indicators that you should switch to an alternate job?
You may no longer be interested in your job. It may feel dull, repetitive, unmotivating – in this case, you may be outgrowing your responsibilities and need to learn something new again. If there is no opportunity for movement in your company and they cannot provide more responsibility, it may be best to start searching for an alternative job.
If you no longer agree with the core values or purpose of your current company, this job might not be the best fit for you. It may be helpful to brainstorm what you value and the purpose you want to be working towards in your career. If these beliefs do not align with your current company, you should begin exploring other job prospects.
Further, your job may be carrying over into your personal life and adversely affecting your day-to-day. If your current work-life balance is not conducive to your current priorities, it may negatively impact your stress and mental health. The best solution is to actively seek out roles that mirror your personal lifestyle and priorities.
Another common reason an employee should think about switching jobs is if they are being underpaid. Not being compensated properly for your value is a justified reason to leave your current employment. If others in your same position are being paid more, you should find another job that will provide equal compensation.
How should an employee begin the process of making the switch?
First, determine the timeline for when you want your employment relationship to end. Make sure you are aware of the amount of notice required in your employment contract and be prepared to approach your employer accordingly. For example, the Employment Standards Act requires a minimum of two weeks’ notice, however, your employment agreement may demand for more.
When providing your termination notice, it may be beneficial to approach your employer in person, or if working remotely, set up a video call to discuss. Before this meeting, be aware of your resignation policy, because it may be required that written notice is also provided.
As you will probably have clients, projects, or other responsibilities that require concluding work before termination, be open to helping your employer and the future new hire with this shift as much as possible. You will want to leave on a good note and not eliminate any opportunities for a good reference.
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