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How often should you move jobs?

Is it time for you to change careers? Check out these tell-tale signs it’s time to find a new job.

How often should you move jobs?

Throughout the course of your career, you’ll find lots of opportunities to move roles. But knowing when to seize those opportunities and when to stay put can be a whole dilemma of its own. If you move around too often, you risk being branded a flakey job-hopper. But stick around too long and you risk stagnating while others climb the ladder.

There is no hard and fast answer to this question, as it varies for each individual. But generally speaking, 3-4 years is a solid amount of time to spend in one job before moving onto the next. Yet it’s not uncommon for Gen Z workers to move around every 2 years, and employers are adapting to this trend.

6 tell-tale signs it’s time to move jobs

1. Long tenure

If you’ve been with your company for several years, it could be time for a change. Switching employers is a great way to freshen up your professional expertise. It gives you a new perspective. On average, people move jobs every 4 years. But if you’re happy and fulfilled in your role, don’t fix what isn’t broken!

2. Low salary

If your company can’t offer you a competitive salary, it may be time to look elsewhere. But be sure to do your research and check the average UK salary  before rushing to hand in your notice. And remember not to only follow the dollar signs. A successful career is a healthy balance of good financial reward and fulfilment. 

3. You’re feeling under-challenged

If your role has become monotonous, you’re well within your right to want to seek out a new challenge. This is especially true if you’re someone that thrives off a challenge. It’s important to be in an environment that stimulates you to be the best you can be.

4. No room for progression

If you’ve hit the ceiling in your current company, it may be time to find a new opportunity where you can progress. Always check what progression opportunities are on offer. And it’s important to find out how to achieve those promotions. For example, is your promotion dependent on someone else leaving? You want a job that can promote you based on your merit, not based on whether the person above you has left.

5. Poor relationship with manager

Having a poor dynamic with your manager and teammates is a red flag. You should have a relationship that has clear communication and trust. Support with your development is also a must. If you’re struggling to feel supported by your manager, this may tell you it’s time for a career move. 

6. Restructuring

Restructuring is a word that rings alarm bells for all employees. Usually this happens when new management or ownership comes into the company. The leadership team then finds ways to streamline and build a more efficient team. This usually means redundancies. If you hear the word ‘restructure’, talk to your manager about what this might mean for your job. The next stage is to make a backup plan and start applying for jobs.

The Great Escape

Deciding to move jobs is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. But you have to put your career progression and happiness first. Although you may feel loyal to your employer, you also need to make sure you’ve got opportunities in front of you.

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