When is it time to look for a new job?

If you feel overqualified for your position and there’s no sign of a promotion anywhere on the horizon, it may be time to look elsewhere.

In the years immediately following the Great Recession of 2008, jobs were scarce. If you could find a good one, chances are you stuck with it because there were few options elsewhere.

Now that the economy has mostly recovered, there are more opportunities for skilled professionals to find satisfying work. But how do you know when it's the right time to make a move?

When your skills aren't being utilized

If you feel overqualified for your position and there's no sign of a promotion anywhere on the horizon, it may be time to look elsewhere. Leadership coach Lynn Taylor noted that, if you've made it clear you're ready for more responsibilities and your boss refuses to help you move up the ladder, it's OK to leave.

"When you know you have more to offer the world, don't second-guess yourself - get ready for change," Taylor told Business Insider.

When you're unhappy every day

Few people are overjoyed when the alarm goes off at six in the morning and another long commute rears its ugly head, but when your mood never improves throughout the day, it could be a sign that you need a change of scenery. In fact, dreading work could lead to a vicious cycle of stress, resulting in poor work performance, resulting in more stress (not to mention long-term health concerns).

"Not every day at work is going to be your best day, so it's important to keep everything in perspective," says Elizabeth Pirrie, Division Director of Beacon Hill's Associates Division in Chicago. "The first and most important question to ask yourself is: What are my personal, professional and financial goals? And second: Do I have a manager, team and organizational structure that will allow me to achieve those goals in the timeline I set forth for myself? You may surprise yourself by reflecting on the first question, and when the answer to the second is 'no' – it's time to go."

Career coach Kathy Caprino recommended listening to your gut intuition. If you come into the office every day and feel like you have to put on a mask to hide your real self, it's a clear sign that you're in need of a different work environment.

Constant stress is a good indicator that it's time for a change.

When you're not learning anything new

This isn't the same thing as becoming competent at your job. Sometimes, it can be pleasant to come into work, do your job without breaking a sweat, and then head home to the family.

However, if you want to advance your career, you'll need to learn new skills. This may take some effort on your part, but your managers should be willing to give you a hand. If they're unable or unwilling to do so, there's little chance that they're invested in your professional growth.

When your work environment turns hostile

When you feel abused or mistreated at work, it's a signal that something is not right. Everyone has bad days and companies often experience stressful periods, but a hostile work environment should not be tolerated. An HR representative may be able to help smooth out minor interpersonal issues, but there's no reason why you should have to deal with inappropriate behavior at work.

If you're looking to make a career move, the professional recruiters at Beacon Hill can help you find the job of your dreams.

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