The first step to finding the right place is leaving the wrong one. But how can be sure that your current job isn’t a good fit for you? We asked members of Forbes Coaches Council to share the top warning signs that the job you’re in isn’t right for you. If any of the 13 situations below sound familiar, it may be time to reevaluate your options.
1. You Don’t Feel Welcomed Or Valued At Work
A telltale sign that your current job is not right for you is if you cannot answer yes to these four questions: Are you welcomed at work? Do you feel valued at work? Are you able to contribute and be rewarded for those contributions? Can you be your authentic self in this organization? If you cannot answer yes to all four questions, it may be your clue to go find a job where you can. – Curtis Odom, Prescient Strategists, LLC.
2. You Feel Misplaced On The Inside
Life leaves bread crumbs. In the wrong job, you feel frustrated, helpless. You are not “on your path,” and the work is neither personally meaningful nor professionally satisfying. If you feel misplaced on the inside, as if something deep and important is missing, pay attention to these bread crumbs. Once you do, allow yourself to find and make the most meaningful work and life possible. – Faizun Kamal, The Franchise Pros
3. You’re Not Using Your Strengths Daily
When you don’t feel like you are using at least some of your gifts, talents and strengths on a daily basis, then it might be time to look for a different job. People who use their unique set of skills are much more productive and engaged in their positions in many ways. If you feel like you have a “job” and not a position that links to a career, then you are probably not using your strengths. – Susan Madsen, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
4. Your Work Feels Like A Chore
If you aren’t in the right job, it feels like a chore. You don’t look forward to going to work, and you aren’t excited about the opportunities in front of you. Being unhappy in your job zaps your energy. If you’re feeling unsure, ask yourself, “If I could change one thing about my job that would make me happy, what would it be?” If you can’t answer that, start thinking about what you really want. – Dr. Teresa Ray, PCC, Dr. Teresa Ray
5. You Have The ‘Sunday Blues’
Look out for higher anxiety levels and bad moods on Sundays—the “Sunday blues.” This is a phenomenon that people who are disenchanted with their current jobs typically experience. If you feel as if Monday is hovering over your head despite getting enough sleep, evaluate what still makes you excited about your position. Exclude money from the list. If it is empty or very short, try exploring different options. – Inga Bielińska, Inga Arianna Bielinska Coaching Consulting Mentoring
6. You Don’t Feel A Sense Of Family
Are you happy before and after work but not throughout the duration? Do you make an effort to engage in additional work activities, projects or groups? The right fit will look and feel like family. You will enjoy going to see some of your family every day. You’ll look forward to virtual happy hours. Most importantly, you will offer to help, even when it is not benefiting you. – Amera McCoy, McCoy Consulting LLC
7. Your Work Is Not Engaging Or Meaningful
Are you still engaged and energized by the work that you do? Do you consistently find meaning and purpose at work? Do you have the opportunity to learn and grow each and every day? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you are likely a poor fit in your current job. While we all have aspects of our jobs that we don’t love, we should practice self-care and seek congruence with our values. – Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.D, Utah Valley University & Human Capital Innovations, LLC
8. You’re Struggling To Refill Your Energy Tank
When you are doing work that fills you with purpose, healthy challenges and growth, it can feel as if you would do this kind of work for free. When you feel as if you are constantly “running on empty,” it could be that you are in the wrong place. Don’t throw in the towel straight away; monitor what’s draining you. Counteract the drains with what fills you up. – Frances McIntosh, Intentional Coaching LLC
9. You Have Physical Reactions To Thoughts Of Work
A clear sign is having physical reactions to thinking about work, entering the building or speaking with supervisors. Pay attention to what your body is telling you! If you notice changes such as headaches, insomnia, snapping at family members or a sense of calm when the day is finally over, you should consider looking for a new role. – Miranda VonFricken, Miranda VonFricken – Masterminds & Personal Growth Coaching!
10. You’re Experiencing Health Issues
Check your vital signs and your health. Clients of mine have lost hair, had their blood pressure increase and have seen signs of other serious health issues. It certainly has to do with their choices and genetics, but do not underestimate the cumulative stress of a dysfunctional environment or poor occupational fit. Regardless of your salary, you need to consider making a change, within or without your life! – John M. O’Connor, Career Pro Inc.
11. You’re Feeling Disengaged And Unfocused
One true sign that it’s time to rethink your current role is the feeling of disengagement. If you’re struggling to stay focused and have a lack of enthusiasm toward your routines, it may be time to have that discussion about different opportunities to apply your talents and interests. – Sheila Carmichael, Transitions D2D, LLC
12. You Overreact To A Triggering Event
One warning sign that your job isn’t the right fit is an overreaction to an event. Perhaps someone says or does something that you react to in a way that is not proportional to the trigger. Most people are numb to the daily stressors at work, but those emotions do not go away. They get stored unconsciously in the body, and they build until they manifest into form, such as through an overreaction. – Vered Kogan, Momentum Institute™
13. You Clicked On This Article
If you’re reading this article with great interest, that’s the warning sign. Think back to the last time you were truly intellectually, interpersonally and financially fulfilled by your work. If you had seen this headline back then, you would’ve skipped right over it, thinking, “That’s not me.” So, first, try to find a fix where you are. If you can’t, then you’ll find a fit somewhere new. – Adam Tiouririne, Opus Vox