There’s always going to be a time in your career when you find yourself at a crossroads and think about changing your job. You wouldn’t be alone, as according to statistics, the average person will make a career change between 5-7 times in their lifetime, and have ten different jobs by the age of 42. This post will help you to identify 5 signs that it’s probably the time to pull out your resume and consider leaving your job.

“Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now…”

As in the words of the punk band “The Clash”, coming to a decision about this question can be filled with a dizzy merry-go-round of thoughts and feelings. There will often be benefits to both scenarios and realizing how your current job is impacting your health and mood can be the first step to arriving at a decision.

Lack Of Career Progression

If you’re in a job with little chance of getting promoted, then don’t put off the decision to leave that you will end up taking anyway in six months, a year, or even five years. You will be only wasting time if career progression is important to you and your current position can’t fulfill your future needs. 

For instance, you may be great at your job, but if the owner’s son/daughter is sat in the seat you want to be in then there’s little chance they will get replaced. If there’s a young model employee that has the spot you want, why potentially wait 5+ years for them to move on.

Lost Your Passion

We spend around 92,000 hours at work during our lifetime… a very long time, especially if you don’t enjoy what you do. You may like the role you’re in, sometimes the trouble may lay with the products or services you provide. With a lack of passion can you honestly say you are being the best employee you can be? – Are you really going to reach your true potential just ‘going through the motions’ every day? However, before you think “yeah, it’s time to quit”, make sure it isn’t other “fixable” issues which are affecting your decision.

It could be that you like your job but you’re carrying other negative emotions into work with you and affecting your performance. Financial and relationship troubles are just a small number of possible stresses that could be misleading your actual view of your career.

So just be careful, with external issues still present, changing jobs won’t fix the problem.

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‘Smunday’ Stress

‘Smunday’ is the time I like to call a Sunday evening; the time you turn your attention away from your enjoyable weekend and begin to focus on the upcoming working week… Monday in particular.

A little bit of added stress is normal on a ‘Smunday’, as this is the time you adjust your body and mind back into work mode. But, if your Smunday starts on a Saturday or every Sunday evenings consists of mini panic attacks and you notice your mood hit rock bottom, then maybe your current job just isn’t right for you.

Having A New Calling

You may be sat in a stuffy office somewhere knowing you shouldn’t be there, instead of doing a job you have a natural love and talent for. You may have never had the chance to try it professionally, maybe ‘the time wasn’t right’ to go back to school to get qualified. But you dream about doing it… heck, you may even do it as a hobby outside of work and would love to do it all day, every day.

If you really want it, go get it. Life is too short not to follow your passions.

Stuck With A History

If you’ve started off in a company as an apprentice or an assistant and been promoted up the ladder, sometimes your boss and peers still see you in the same light. So if you’re never going to escape that reputation, or command the respect and level of authority that would be normal for a person in your position, it might be worth starting fresh in a new company.

Your reputation can also follow you and not in a good way.

For example, if you’ve been apart of a failed project even when it was no fault of your own, an association with that failure could prevent or stunt your growth within the company. You may not be chosen to head up new ideas in the future thus never giving you the opportunity to build a new more positive reputation.

People come and go from companies all the time for one reason or another. Deciding whether it’s your turn to make a move can feel either overwhelming or be the easiest decision you’ll ever make. It comes down to figuring out where your potential and rewards lie… in your present job or somewhere new. 

Once you’re confident you’re making a change for the right reasons and the problems that exist are unfixable, then taking a calculated risk into a new career could be just what you need.

To your success!


As the founder of Arran Pullen Career coaching, Arran has worked with career professionals and job hunters since 2007. As an accredited coach and NLP practitioner, he provides a safe sounding board for his client’s ideas and provides resources, strategies, and techniques to help them to exceed their career goals. His articles have appeared in various e-zine sites including and LinkedIn and focus on practical techniques to help professionals land their next job. As a former trainer, Arran also creates online courses and job landing tools that further support job hunters negotiate the job searching maze. To learn more about how to get your resume noticed by a hiring manager and land your next interview, go to – and pick up your FREE resume writing checklist.