Hi Everyone! I hope you enjoyed your nice long weekend. Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I had quite a day, as you can tell by my headline, and I just wasn’t in the writing spirit. That’s the beauty of this blog. It’s here for me when I have creative juices flow.
Now, onto the discussion of the day: When do you know it’s time to leave a job?
I’ve been in my current position for 2 years. While there are things I love about my job, like the people, there are certainly things about it that I don’t. Read: higher level executives not teaching, having to do work multiple times just because someone felt like changing it and a company that doesn’t have any room for potential growth.
I thought I would share with you how I knew it was time to leave my current job. This subject is close to home and I bet there are more of you out there who are going through the same thing!
1. I stopped learning.
When I first started in my current job, I was learning so much! The ins and outs of my industry (marketing), how to write better headlines to get people to buy, planning marketing campaigns ahead of time so we could work better, not harder. But over time, probably within the last 9 months, I stopped learning. Higher level executives started to put their nose in my work, and the work of others, and start changing things without cause. I would ask questions about why and would receive no response. It’s one thing to change something because you don’t believe it will work and provide reasons, but it’s a whole other ball game to change things just to change them.
2. I realized there was no true career path.
Like #1, I want to keep learning and growing and challenging myself. I want to work for a place that has opportunities for growth and a clear career path within the organization. I certainly don’t have that where I am. My current job is with a small, family owned company and there isn’t potential to move up.
No explanation necessary.
4. I didn’t feel valued.
When I started to have to make changes and updates several times and I expressed my opinions/asked questions, I was hushed. I would share my opinion, often times based on research, and no one listened. (I should say, no one listened on the executive leadership team). I put so much hard work into my job, and my education for that matter, and I don’t want to waste it. If Mr. X (the high level executive) didn’t think of something himself, you didn’t do it. He needed to be part of all the decisions, even if they were out of his realm of expertise or ranking. I didn’t feel that my opinions, expertise or education mattered to anyone. And that’s not a good feeling.
That’s pretty much it. In a nutshell, I’m sad to be leaving some of the people at my current job, but I’m on to bigger and better things.
How did you know it was time to leave a job? Did everything work out?
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