How Long Should I Be at My Job?

October 27th, 2015

If you’ve been at your job for a while, you may be wondering if you should look for a new job or take a brief sabbatical. The real answer is that there’s no standard answer; it depends on where you are in your life and career. Here are some of the considerations you should take into account when determining how long you should remain at your job.

Assess Your Stimulation Level.

Are you still being challenged at work? Do you feel like the skills you have are being utilized to their full potential every day? If the answer is no, it may be time to move on to a new job. If you are comfortable staying at your current company, you might want to consider speaking to your supervisor about leaving in hopes that they will give you more responsibilities or a promotion.

Don’t Burn Bridges.

Pick a time to leave your job when you won’t burn your bridges. Though your supervisor might not be happy with you leaving, you want to make sure that you leave at a time that will preserve your existing relationships. In the business world, your connections are what will get you ahead in life, so you need to make sure you guard them at all costs. Once you feel like you have a solid handle on not burning your bridges, you should be fine to leave your current job.

Finish Your Overarching Tasks.

Timing is very important. If you are leaving at a time in which your company is historically busy, you will be hindering your fellow colleagues from getting their job done. If you are thinking you might leave sometime soon, talk to your supervisors and colleagues about the best timing for them. Though they will likely prefer if you don’t leave, they will be able to give you a window in which your departure would be the best fit.

Assess the Job Market.

The job market fluctuates on a variety of different factors that aren’t in your control, but you do need to take it into account. Depending on your financial situation, you may or may not be able to afford taking time off in between jobs. If you can’t, you will want to wait to leave your job until the job market is abundant and presents many opportunities for you – even waiting until you have secured a new position.

If you’ve done this assessment and have come to the conclusion that it’s time to leave your job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to line up a new job for you that fits in with your experience and career goals. We will be able to help you find a job so that you don’t have to have a gap in between work – unless, of course, you want one.

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