Should You Stay Or Should You Go?
We all have contemplated from time to time if we would be better off finding a new job. It can be hard sometimes to way to pros and cons. There is no guarantee that the new company or job will be a better situation than what you currently have. There is no crystal ball to tell you that there won’t be new or different obstacles waiting for you on the other side. In this article, I am going to help you make that decision by helping you map out your future career path.
We couldn’t cover every possible angle of crafting a fashion job hunt in just one post! This article is part of a 7 part Fashionable Job Hunt Series. If you want to learn how you can build a successful career in the fashion industry check out the other articles that are part of this series at the bottom of the page. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook group called PickGlass Fashionable Careers. See you there!
How To Decide If You Should Leave Your Job
Whether you are clashing with your boss, looking for a pay increase, or just want something new to reignite your creative juices you need to evaluate your current situation.
Start by reviewing your career goals. There is nothing worse than feeling like you wasted your time in a dead end job. Or wondering “what if?” Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Where do you want to be in five years?
- Will your current job help you get there?
- Does your current employer offer opportunities that will make you more marketable in the industry?
Now that you know where you want to be it is time to review your current situation. There is nothing wrong with being content with your job. However, contentment can easily lead to complacency—and that’s the danger zone.
Here Are 5 Signs You Should Consider Moving On:
1) Your Career Has Plateaued
If you have been at the same company in the same position for more than three years without a clear path to advancement or promotion then it is time to dust off that résumé and start testing the waters. Even within small organizations where promotions are hard to come by you should still be able to make some kind of headway within this time frame.
2) You’re Not Learning Anything New
When we are no longer challenged or no longer learning we tend to get bored. And boredom leads to job dissatisfaction. You should be constantly improving your core skills and picking up new ones. (To learn what are the most popular computer skills for fashion professionals today click here.) To do this you may have to take things into your own hands by asking for new projects or signing up for courses. But if these possibilities don’t exist at your current job, it’s a sign that the company is not serious about investing in your career development.
3) The Company Is Sinking
Even good companies can fall on hard times if they are not being managed properly. Startups are especially venerable to financial difficulties. Without strong management to right the ship it may be doomed to sink. There is no need to go down with the ship! Take your skills and board a new vessel.
4) You Are Constantly Stresses Or Unhappy
Everyone dreams of waking up in the morning excited to go to work. But this is not always the case. Unfortunately, many factors can lead to work-related stress. A bad work environment can leave you stressed out and dread heading off to the office. Of course, you should try to work things out with your colleagues or manager, but sometimes it’s out of your hands. After a good six months of effort, it is time to move on.
5) Your Performance Is Suffering
When you become unsatisfied with your work it is common to see your efficiency and productivity take a nose dive. And this activity is not going to give any incentive for your boss or promote you or for your colleagues to give rave reviews. You should always be pushing yourself and pushing for new projects or new opportunities to keep you fresh and excited about the work you do.
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- Review your career goals and ask yourself if your current situation is going to get you where you want to be.
- Consider any opportunities you might have within the current organization.
- Start to plan your exit strategy.
Fashionable Job Hunt Series
If you, or someone you know, want to learn how to properly get started looking for a job in the fashion industry you can read the entire series here. Learn how to plan your job hunt and make the right first impression.
- 5 Signs You Should Leave Your Job
- How To Start Your Fashion Job Search
- How To Work With A Fashion Recruiter
- Interview With Amy Cole
- Top 5 Ways To Make Your Fashion Résumé Pop
- Top 10 Side Hustles For Fashion Industry Professionals
- How To Write A Cover Letter That Gets Opened