After graduating college and getting your first real job, your plans might include building a long-term relationship with a single employer. Job hopping every couple of years can get old quickly. But even if you’re the type of person who prefers to stay in one place, you might find yourself back on the job market in just a few short years.
Nowadays, it’s very rare for people to retire after having worked with the same company for thirty years. This can happen, but more often than not, people change employers several times throughout their career. Although the reasons vary, here’s a look at the top ten reasons why people start looking for other jobs.
1. Escape a Dead End Job
Depending on where you work, you may have several opportunities to advance and move up the career ladder. But this isn’t the case with every job. If you’re stuck in a dead end job and feel your career is going nowhere, it might be time to move on and find a career that offers satisfaction. Being stuck in a dead end position can suck the very life out of you. You might lose your drive and motivation, and going to work every day can feel like a mindless chore.
2. Tired of the Long Commute
When you desperately need a job, you might take the first position offered to you —no matter the distance from your house. This can mean traveling a great distance roundtrip five days a week and burning through several tanks of gas a month.
It might not be a big issue if you enjoy the alone time. But if you’re constantly getting to work late because you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic —which can also get your day off to a bad start— it may be time to start looking for positions closer to home.
Shortening your commute time can save gas and reduce vehicle wear and tear. Besides, if you find a job within five or ten minutes of your house, you might be able to sleep in a bit, which is always a plus.
3. Need More Money
Maybe your present salary isn’t enough to keep up with the cost-of-living. You can approach your boss and ask for a salary increase, but he can only pay what the company can afford.
If your salary has plateaued and you know you can earn more working for a larger company, dust off your resume and explore your options. A higher salary can give your bank account the boost it needs. It can also provide disposable income to pay off debt and better prepare for retirement. Earning more can also improve the quality of your life, and you might be able to afford an overdue vacation.
4. Need Better Benefits
Working for a small company has its benefits. There’s an opportunity to get to know your boss and coworkers on a more personal level, and there’s typically more flexibility with time off and schedules. But unfortunately, some small companies cannot afford to offer perks and benefits that large companies can.
As you become older and acquire new responsibilities, you’re forced to take a long hard look at your current benefits package. Maybe your present employer can’t pay health or dental coverage, or offer a 401(k) match program. On the other hand, if you found a job with a larger, more established company, you might enjoy certain perks and spend less out-of-pocket.
5. Ethical Reasons
Even if your present job pays well and offers amazing perks, you might not agree with the company’s culture or morale. The truth of the matter is, some companies are cutthroat and some bosses don’t have any problems with employees stabbing each other in the back in order to get ahead. You might not have a problem working in this environment if you have a similar mindset. But if you’re trying to remain professional and get ahead based on honesty, you need to work for a company that shares your values.
6. The Company's a Sinking Ship
It’s hard to justify sticking around when you feel the company is a sinking ship. Many companies experience ups and downs, and some years are more profitable than others. But if your gut tells you that the company is going down fast, you need to make a move before you’re laid off unexpectedly.
Even if your company can offer a small severance and you’re eligible to receive unemployment, this income may not be enough to maintain your lifestyle. Also, it can take a while to find a new job after losing one, and some career experts believe it’s easier to find a job when you already have one. So rather than sitting around and waiting for the pink slip, start plotting your next move and get out before the ship sinks.
7. Fed Up With the Abuse
You might be a strong person who’s able to brush off criticism and sarcasm. But this doesn’t mean you have to take abuse on a daily basis. Whether it comes from your boss or a colleague, you deserve to work in an environment that’s not hostile. Talking to your boss about the problem might improve the situation. But if your boss is the root of the problem and he doesn’t see a problem with his behavior, or if your boss is passive and doesn’t reprimand abusive staff, you might be happier working for another company.
8. Seeking a Healthier Work-Life Balance
It doesn’t matter how much money you make, an unhealthy work-like balance can lead to burnout and stress. You might become a more irritable person, and as a result, your spouse, children and friends might walk on egg shells around you. Your unhappiness can make everyone around you miserable. However, if you found another job –one that offers a healthier balance– it’ll be easier to maintain your sanity and your mood might improve.
9. Gain More Work Experience
It might also be a good idea to seek another job if you’re looking to gain more experience in your field. You might like what you do, but at the same time, you might not feel challenged. You may feel as if you’re not advancing or learning as fast as you should. Working for another company can help you grow as an employee, which can lead to advancements. This is especially true if you’ve recently completed an advanced degree and you feel that your present employer can’t benefit from your skills.
10. Ready for a Change
Your salary may be fair and your coworkers are awesome, yet deep down inside you’re ready for a change. You’ve been working for the same company for five or ten years, and while you know advancement is possible, you want to spread your wings and move on. Your boss might not understand your desire to find new work, and he might even offer a higher salary to keep you around. But at the end of the day, you have to do what makes you happy.
Looking for a new job can result in better opportunities, a higher salary and better job perks. Before you start looking, make a list of what you want and need in a position. This way, you know exactly what to look for and you’ll be able to identify a good opportunity when it comes along.