There’s nothing worse than the Sunday blues. While all of us have days when we don’t want to go to work, there’s a difference between being unhappy with work for a day or so, and being unhappy with work every day. Here are eight signs you’ve reached a point where it’s time to look for something new. If you’re ready to make the leap, keep reading for tips on what to look for in your new job.
1. You don’t enjoy being around your coworkers and/or your boss
There are two reasons you might not enjoy being around your coworkers and bosses, and both are reasons to consider looking for a new job. One possibility is that your coworkers and boss are genuinely unpleasant people. To be happy in your employment, it’s important to find a job with people you enjoy being around. The other possibility is that you’re just burnt out at your job, which makes it hard to enjoy being around the people you have to go to work with, no matter how pleasant they are.
2. Your emotions are all over the place, but none of them are positive
If you’re feeling angry one minute, exhausted the next, and stressed out right after, chances are you’re burnt out at your job. To a certain degree, you can avoid burnout by focusing on your work/life balance and taking time for yourself. But if those efforts aren’t working, it may be time to look for new career opportunities.
3. You daydream about new jobs or you feel jealous of friends’ jobs
You might find yourself daydreaming about a new job. Or, you might feel jealous of your friends’ jobs. Pay attention to the specific parts that you’re daydreaming about or what you’re feeling jealous of, because those are hints at what the ideal job for you might be. Are you dreaming of traveling? Or jealous that your friend has more vacation time? Take these emotions into account.
4. You don’t feel like there’s a chance of advancement
Sometimes people are unhappy with work because they feel stuck their current role, but then a promotion reignites their passion for their work. However, if there’s little chance of advancement at your current employer, it may be a good time to consider new options. After all, one of the best ways to get a promotion is to look for job openings that you are qualified once you’re ready to take the leap.
5. You could do your job in your sleep
It might seem like a good thing to have a job that’s easy. But if your job is too easy, it may not be as fulfilling as a new challenge that helps you grow in your career. If you feel like you’re going through the same motions day-to-day, it’s a sign that it may be time to look for something more challenging.
6. You get a pit in your stomach on Sunday nights
Everyone jokes about how hard Monday mornings are, but when you’re tired of your job, Sunday nights are bad too. If you find yourself practically sick at the thought of going back to work after the weekend, you’ve officially crossed the threshold into needing to look for a new job.
7. You feel like you’re always working
When you’re experienced and reliable, it’s easy for your boss to give you more and more work without noticing it. For others, the stress of your job can follow you throughout the entire day, so that even when you’re not at work, you’re still occupied by it. In short, if it feels like your job has taken over your life, it probably has. One way to take back your life is to look for a new job that allows you to enjoy a better work/life balance.
8. Your family and friends hear more about your job than anything else
If your family’s and friends’ eyes start to glaze over when you’re complaining about your job, it’s a sign that you’ve been complaining a bit too much. Don’t feel guilty about this — it’s natural to feel frustrated by a bad job. However, when you complain that much, it may be time to find something new.
What to look for in a new job
So you’ve decided enough is enough, and you’re ready to find a new job. While you look for something new, be sure to dedicate enough time to researching new jobs and determine what your ideal job is. Here are a few things to ask yourself:
- What benefits do you want?
- What kind of workplace culture do you want to be a part of?
- Where do you want to be in five years?
An ideal job should provide you with a fun environment as well as opportunity for advancement. No matter what the job is, work/life balance is crucial. Find a job that satisfies this and make a personal commitment to make time for yourself.
If you want to test out new jobs before committing to the long term, travel nursing is a great way to experience working in new facilities in different regions of the country. Plus, as a travel nurse, you can choose your own schedule, so it’s the perfect way to take a break between full-time jobs to truly relax and recharge.