5 Signs That It’s Time To Look For A New Role:

November 6, 2020 | Recruitment

Being happy at work is, for most people, one of the most important parts of life. On average, you spend more time at work than any other place in your lifetime, it’s vital that you know when the time is right to begin a new job search.


Do you ever really know when it’s the “right” time to leave your job? Well, we have pinpointed 5 reasons that may be a warning sign to send you on your job hunt!


“The average Briton will spend 3,507 days at work including 204 days of overtime in their lifetime, a new survey claims.” – The independent article, 2018



Money can be a big factor of a job and one of the main reasons to search for a new role. Conducting research on salary insights is a really good way of seeing where you are looking to aim (salary – wise) and where your salary sits in comparison to others in the same profession/industry. Salary insights can be looked at on your LinkedIn profile page, (there is a tool for this on all Linkedin profile’s).

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Now, let’s normalise money talk!

If your wage slip just isn’t cutting it anymore and this is something you are unhappy with, addressing it directly is the best way to handle it. Ensuring your management and/or boss is aware of this is vital in making sure they have the chance to either justify your salary or increase it to match your expectations where appropriate.

That doesn’t necessarily mean starting a new job and 2 days later deciding you want more money, or requesting more money because your bills are a bit tight that month. Reasons for requesting more money SHOULD fall under one of the below:

  • Promotion in job title, thus wanting a promotion in salary
  • Increase in responsibility, thus wanting more money to reflect this
  • You feel you do more than your salary is worth
  • You have researched similar roles in your area and all those salaries sit higher than yours
  • You feel that you go above and beyond for the company

Stuck in a rut:

Any job that makes you feel stuck, bored or under-challenged is never a good sign. Many people are happy to settle for a job that requires minimum effort and minimum stress – if you aren’t one of these people, you need a job that keeps you challenged!

Having things to look forward to or being excited about certain parts of your role should keep you going and leave you wanting to strive for more. Having scope to progress and grow with the company gives you a good idea of what sort of career path you are heading towards. Being stuck in a rut means you will not have this clear career path with no real aim.

If you do not feel motivated at work, eventually, it will take it’s toll!








There is nothing worse than burning yourself out in a workplace that doesn’t appreciate you. Being under-valued at work can so easily spill over into other areas of your life and leave you with low self – esteem.

If you feel valued in your workplace, you are more likely to work harder and be more productive long-term – this has been proven on many occasions in studies!

Being under – valued, productivity levels and happiness at work can all come hand in hand.

So, if you don’t feel appreciated, then this could be a warning sign to get looking for a new job.

Work – life balance:

Some people do enjoy being work – orientated, but for the majority, having a work-life balance could be the difference in keeping your job or switching roles.






On average a quarter of people (24%) admit it’s difficult to relax in their own time because they are thinking about work and that their job affects their personal commitments (26%). Again, this may be ideal for some, but for others this is their idea of a nightmare!

It’s normal in any job to have periods where you may have to work overtime to get certain projects done, or you may have a stressful task that you take home with you until you’ve completed it….but this shouldn’t be constant if this is not what you signed up for.

People’s needs and lifestyles can change over a period of time, so having a job that allows you to still have a personal life is key. This is why it’s one of the main reasons to be searching for a new role!

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