In the modern workforce, almost no one stays with a single employer for their entire career. The company you intern with after college is probably not the same company you take your first real job with. You may change roles again as you gain skills and get into the stride of your new career, then again as you’re ready to take on a lead or management position.
Most employers actually expect you to put healthy career advancement ahead of mindless loyalty and will send you off with well wishes and positive references when you go, so long as you leave on good terms and give the proper amount of notice to train your replacement.
So the question is: Are you ready to seek a new role for your career? Here are five key signs that your skills, experience, and ambition are leading you to bigger and better things beyond the limits of your current position.
1) You’ve Fully Mastered Your Current Job Tasks
Could you do your current work with your eyes closed or one hand tied behind your back? Many professionals find themselves in this situation. Particularly if you have been making the transition from entry-level to seasoned industry professional. The job that gave you the experience and training you need to build your career simply may not have a position ready for you to take the next step. And there’s no shame in that.
When you know your current work tasks inside and out and are confident you could train someone else who needs those first years of experience to do your job, you are ready to move on. Even if that means starting a job search that will take you away from your current employer.
2) Your Professional Development Opportunities are Limited
Not all businesses have an open and easy path for professional development. Some lack the resources for the internal training you’ll need to keep your career moving forward. Some simply don’t have enough positions to promote employees when they exceed the qualifications for their current role. If you are ready to take the next steps forward through training and career advancement, another company may be willing to offer you opportunities and resources your current employer cannot.
If you don’t see a promotion, training, or satisfactory career advancement in the future, it’s time to look for a new role. Look for roles that offer roles that have room for the growth you can’t achieve in your current position.
3) You Want to Gain Experience in More Areas of Your Chosen Career
Sometimes people have a speciality and are happy to become experts at a single aspect of a career for their entire working lives. But you may have realised that you’d rather diversify, becoming skilled at many aspects of your industry’s work. Generalists are incredibly valuable in any industry but your current employer may not have the open positions available to train you in other aspects of your chosen career.
You may be in production and would like to try your hand at design, or have been managing books and would like to start building financial plans, or any number of other variations. If this is the case, it’s time to seek a position and a company that can offer you a greater variety of tasks in the bounds of your chosen career so that you can spread your wings and build a diversity of skills.
4) Your Life Circumstances or Goals Have Evolved Since Taking Your Position
Or perhaps you’re quite content with your current load of work tasks, but the circumstances of your life no longer mesh perfectly with the terms of your current role. You may have finished school, started a family, or simply decided to transform your personal life in a way that has changed your priorities and circumstances.
Often, professionals find their goals evolve over time. You may have enjoyed a full working schedule but now want more time with family. Or you would rather a workplace that has a greater focus on employee wellness. You may even be dreaming of a small startup team instead of a big corporate culture. Whatever the changes in your personal life have been, there’s no problem seeking a new work position that suits your new lifestyle and needs.
5) You Know There Are Even Better Opportunities Out There
Finally, you may simply have become aware that there are positions out there that you would like better. Whether you’d like to work remotely, travel more often, or work in a differently sized team, you have become aware that your dream job is out there. And that you’re not currently in it.
The search for the dream job is a quest all professionals take on as their goals clarify, their skills improve, and opportunities become available. No matter what your dream job looks like, there’s no harm in starting a job search that will eventually lead you to the perfect role for you. Or realising that eventually, your idea of a dream job will change and you will seek a new position later down the road.
Are you ready for a new role along your career path? Whether you need more than your current job has to offer or simply know there are better opportunities to find, your next career step starts with an intelligent and targeted job search. Remember that you don’t have to resign until you’ve found your next ideal role meaning there is plenty of time to look until you find the perfect next place to continue building your career.
When you’re ready, start opening the job search conversation by networking with colleagues and recruiters who can help you find the ideal next job for your skills, ambitions, and personal work-life priorities.
At ArcBlue Search, we specialise in finding great procurement and supply chain roles for our candidates. Register as a candidate with us today to begin your journey to a new role!