Should you invest more time into your current position and continue with your company? Or, should you spend the weekend brushing up your resume so you can start your job hunt for something better?
This a question a reader recently asked me, and it’s one that leaves many others stagnant in their careers. When you’re not sure which route to take, you end up stuck in limbo: kind of putting effort into your job and kind of looking around for something better.
It’s time to get out of that stage and discover which direction is best for you, so you can go all in.
Here are four questions to help you uncover if you should stick it out or start your job hunt.
1. Have I really made the most out of my current position?
Have you developed all the skills you need to succeed in your position? Are you a master at your responsibilities, and a pro at getting things done well and on time? Do you find yourself constantly bored at work or are there certain elements of your job that still excite you?
This is important to know, especially if you desire to move up in your current industry. You can’t attain more, if you haven’t developed and refined your skills at your current level.
If you know you haven’t made the most out of your current position, evaluate the components that you need to improve and look for ways to develop in those areas, then focus on doing those things consistently and effectively.
On the other hand, if you’re always bored or if you’ve slowly started to take on more responsibilities outside of the scope of your current position, these may be signs that you’ve outgrown your job. It may be time to look for other opportunities.
2. Is there still room for me to grow at this company?
Is there a promotion on the horizon? Does that promotion excite you? On a scale of 1-10, how certain are you that you can land that promotion, considering your skill set, accomplishments, office politics, and other formal and informal rules and circumstances? Do you like the career path that senior leaders and others have taken in your company to get to where they are today?
If there’s still room for you to grow in your company, in a way that excites you and empowers you to become your best self, then it may be worth sticking it out and pursuing that path.
This could mean seeking that promotion or going after a lateral move – a position with the same or similar title and salary, on a different team or in a different department in the company.
However, if your company is ridden with office politics, favoritism, and other things that leave a funny feeling in your stomach, then it may be time to consider other avenues for growth, at a different company.
Even more so, if you’ve reached the point where you can say, “Yes, I may be able to grow here, but I’m not happy with my career and would rather do something else,” don’t hold onto to what’s no longer for you. Follow your gut towards something better.
3. Does this company and position still align with the career goals I have for myself?
Where do you see yourself, even just one year from now? If you could be doing anything, one year from today, what would you do? What type of responsibilities would you have? What kind of company or positon would be most fulfilling? Does your current positon align with that goal or vision you have for yourself
If there are still qualities and experiences you can develop and pursue in your current positon that will help you land opportunities aligned with your vision, then it may be worth putting in the time to double down and cultivate those assets.
If the company culture no longer satisfies you, but you still feel like there is more to gain from your position and responsibilities, you should ask yourself: “Am I willing to soak up all I can from my time here, despite the things that no longer appeal to me?”
If you can answer yes, without sacrificing your peace and happiness, go for it with tunnel vision. But if the answer is no, or even maybe, then it’s time to consider other companies and positions that better align with your goals for your career.
4. Have I stayed at this company long enough to make an impact?
How long have you been working there? Have you been there long enough to make a difference? Have you given yourself enough time to rack up accomplishments or deliver results? If you were to update your resume today with your current position, would you be able to relay your achievements and contributions?
It’s easy to want to jump ship the moment you feel unhappy or dissatisfied at work. But, if you’ve only been at your company for two months and you’re already thinking about quitting, it may be time to shift your perspective.
At just sixty days, you’re still getting the hang of things. You’re just figuring out your way around and it’s unlikely that you’ve given yourself enough time to add accomplishments to your resume.
Still, you may have discovered rather quickly that your new position doesn’t quite make your heart sing, but sticking it out is less about your current boss and more about your future boss and opportunities.
Leaving your company after just two months doesn’t quite scream to future employers that you’re reliable and dependable.
So, if you find yourself in this position, search for ways that you can make a difference. Take initiative and work on creating a list of achievements you can add to resume, so that when you do leave you can have something to show for your experience.
However, if you’ve been at your company for some time and you can count on your fingers the results you’ve brought to the table, then you should feel comfortable to switch gears and start your job hunt, especially if you’re ready for something else.
So, there you have it.
If you’re stuck between sticking it out and leaving your company, your answers to these questions should reveal your next step. If you decide after answering these questions that it’s time for you to start your job hunt, then begin without hesitation.
Don’t second guess yourself and don’t talk yourself out of it. You deserve a career that satisfies and fulfills you. It’s time to go all in!
If you’re ready for a new career but not sure where to start with your job hunt, schedule a complimentary call with me and get personalized action steps so you can land a job you’ll love.