5 ways to seriously know it’s time to change jobs

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A proactive approach

5 signs it’s time to change jobs

  1. Keep an eye on your industry and your market. Also known as reading the writing on the wall, evaluating market changes can give you a pretty good idea of which roles will be in demand and which ones won’t. Camerino recommends checking the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for reliable industry insights. “When you keep those in mind, you can then stay ahead of the curve and strategize a little bit,” she says.
  2. Watch for changes in your organization. When your company misses its target quarter after quarter or resources get diverted away from your department, it may be time to evaluate your role within the organization. “Employees who don’t assess the changes that are happening can be caught off-guard,” Camerino notes.
    Other shifts to watch for include leadership changes (different leaders have different priorities) and internal changes. Also, pay attention to external crises that may lead to internal changes. (Hello, pandemic!) Watching for such signs or events “helps a proactive career manager come up with a plan,” Camerino says.
  3. Tune in to evolutions within your department. If your industry is standing strong, and your company continues to do well, take a look at your department and your role within it. Has restructuring changed your chances for promotion? Were you passed over for promotion multiple times? Are resources being reallocated in anticipation of a downsizing? Answering yes to any of these questions may signal that it’s time to start looking around.
  4. Pay attention to innovation and its repercussions. “That’s a fancy way of saying ‘AI,’” Camerino explains, referring to artificial intelligence. Few if any professions remain untouched by technological advances. Instead of viewing them as a threat, however, look at them as an opportunity to find a niche and own it. “Knowing where AI is going to get plugged in and understanding what else needs to be done by a human enables someone to pivot,” Camerino says.
  5. Know yourself. That’s shorthand for having a clearsighted grasp on your personal goals and values and how they align with those of your employer, Camerino says. “I think people have looked at what they want from their employers with a more serious eye,” she says. This might mean taking a lower salary but getting more vacation time, or pursuing a flexible schedule that allows you to work from home (or not at all) on certain days.

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