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5 signs it’s time to call it quits in your job

by Melissa Finch | 23 February 2016

Over the past few weeks, media speculation has been rampant with the news that Daniel Craig has ended his ten year long tenure as the enigmatic and British icon, James Bond. During the release of Spectre, the twenty-fourth instalment in the franchise (and Craig’s fourth Bond movie), Craig infamously commented he would “rather slash his wrists” than play the spy again, indicating just how exhausted and disenchanted the actor was. It comes as recent research by the London School of Business and Finance found that over 47 per cent of 1,000 professionals in the UK want to change jobs, with the hope of increased salary prospects and a healthier work-life balance being the driving factor for their attitudes. So how do you know it’s time to call it quits?

1. You lack the passion you once felt
Dreading waking up in the morning, a sense of lethargy whilst you’re in the office, living for the weekends and a general lack of excitement in your role indicate that you see your job as just a means to an end, rather than a fulfilling career. An attitude such as this can create a vicious cycle; the loss of passion for what you do daily can cause further resentment in your role, making your fear even waking up on a Monday morning - a sure sign that it’s time to move onto something that will actually induce a sense of enthusiasm.

2. Your skill set isn’t being tapped into
Possessing that niche skill set or professional qualification might have been the reason you were hired to begin with. However if you’re finding your skills are not being utilised upon or you’ve been handed tasks that you’re overqualified for, you should be looking into other opportunities that better value your skills, qualifications and experience, whilst also challenging and stretching your capabilities.

3. Your duties have doubled, but your salary hasn’t
Sometimes taking on the extra responsibility doesn’t always result in a pay rise and going above and beyond is often expected by management. Nevertheless, if you’re finding your company has experienced financial success as a direct result of your role and your salary doesn’t reflect this, it may be the time to seek a more lucrative position,  where your contribution is adequately recognised.

4. Your role lacks development opportunities 
One of your professional goals may have been to continuously develop your career. This may have included the opportunity to attain professional qualifications or to be promoted within your department. However, if you’re finding these opportunities are scarce in your current role, it is possible the best solution is to find an organisation or position that sufficiently feed into your professional development plan.

5. Your priorities have changed  
Your work may not align with either your personal or professional goals, this may have been a result of a change within your personal life, or example moving location or expanding your family - or due to a readjustment in your long-term strategy. If this is the case, it may be time to move on and find a position which is more flexible to your needs, rather than staying with your current role which could be restrictive and counter-productive.  

These are just some of the signs you should be looking out for if you think it’s time to call it quits in your role and move on to ensure improved job satisfaction and a healthier work-life balance.

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