Is it time to find a new job?

Is it time to find a new job?Andy Foster of looks at the signs it might be time for a change, career wise.

Did you know that employees typically stay at their current place of work for approximately four and a half years before looking for a new job?

It’s perfectly natural for employees to get itchy feet and want to scan the market to see what vacancies are out there. But if what if it’s more than itchy feet?

Here are four signs that it may be time to start looking for a new job:

No room for career growth

If you’ve been working in your job for more than four years and there isn’t a step up for you.

If you’re the type of person that values career progression above all else, but your current role isn’t giving you the opportunities that you need, then it may be time to consider a new challenge.

There is really little point committing your time, energy and expertise in a company where you can’t grow. In turn, this can hinder your career development in the long run.

Your environment is negative

No matter how much of a positive person you are, a negative work environment can have a huge effect on your wellbeing.

If your co-workers are constantly complaining, and your boss isn’t very happy either, it’s only natural for this to have a negative effect on you. If you feel like this is happening a lot in your current workplace, it could be time to move on.

Your workplace isn’t flexible

During your working career, there may be times when you’ll need your job to offer flexibility.

Perhaps you have family responsibilities, or maybe you need a break from the traditional nine-to-five treadmill!

If you’ve tried to negotiate a new work schedule to have a better work-life balance and you can’t come to an agreement that works for you, perhaps it’s time to consider a move to a company that will provide the work-life flexibility that you require.

You dread going to work each day

Now, this may be obvious, if you go to sleep each night dreading the next day of work … then it’s time to start thinking about new opportunities.

It’s normal to have worries about work every now and then, especially if you are going through a stressful period. However, if you dread each and every day you at work then it’s time to move on.

Take action

Do you relate to any of these or perhaps all four signs? Well, it’s time to start looking for a new job. One at a company that will support your growth, and at a place where you will be happy.

Now, here’s three unique ways to find a new job:

Focus on companies first

More often than not, when people start their new job search, they focus their search on open jobs across many companies. But, how about selecting companies that you’d like to work for first. As you may have experienced, it’s not always the job that’s the issue, it’s the company you work for.

So it makes sense to focus on companies that offer a great company culture, career growth and that the company has a good reputation with both clients and employees. Once you’ve established a list of companies that represent these key areas, start looking for their open positions, or send in a speculative CV.

Check your network

Did you know a large percentage of people find new jobs through their network? Have a check through your contacts to see if there are any openings in the company that they work for, and approach them to see if they can put you in touch with the right person, to discuss the role. This will give you an advantage above other applicants as you will already know people in the company, who can give you inside knowledge, to help you make a positive impression in interviews.

Search specialist job boards

A good place to look for jobs is a specialist board such as

Job boards are usually free to use for job-seeking candidates. Simply upload your CV and away you go, you’re free to apply for technician vacancies that appeal to you.

You can visit to find live vacancies, job-seeking candidates, courses and more.

Contact Andy on 07595 315862 or [email protected]

This article first appeared in Laboratory magazine. You can read the latest issue here. 

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