Business & Candidates, Candidates

10/16/2020

By: Luz Vistraín

Loss of excitement at work: How to identify if it is time to look for another opportunity?

Hasn’t it happened to you that in a past o current job, there comes a time when that excitement you felt in the beginning is gone and there is no longer any interest in continuing? That going to the workplace or even interacting with some people there, at times can generate apathy and disinterest?

Well, I can tell you that happened to me. In a past job, I reached the point where it stopped being exciting, that spark I felt at the beginning of the was gone and I could even identify pain in my stomach (like when you are hangover and nervous hahaha), and in my case it was not the tasks I performed, that actually hooked me to continue. But relating to some people and their processes to make things work became very tedious and complicated. And sometimes you do not quit the company, you give up people or even processes.

And if you have already tried to talk things over and reach agreements, and there’s still no changes, the work becomes like a relationship in which you do not feel reciprocity, and the fire from the beginning start to go out.

But, how to identify if it is time to look for another opportunity? In my point of view there are many things such as:

• You have thoughts like: “I can’t leave my project, I’ve been building it for 2, 3, 4, 5 years, it’s my achievement.” Analyze if you are still in that job simply out of pride. This was my case, I thought that I had invested too much effort in the place, that nobody would give better follow-up to the client than me. We get many justifications for why NOT to leave, even though it no longer works at all.

Analyze if you are in your job only for financial compensation. Of course, this area is important, but remember that there are always opportunities where you can enjoy what you do and also have it meet with your financial expectations. Here is when the next question pops out: do I quit without having a new job? This will depend on each situation, we all have different financial responsibilities and it is necessary to analyze your case well to answer this question.

Be honest with yourself, if you are no longer happy and want changes, dare to take risks. Get out of your comfort zone. Starting over is always hard for us. From updating our networks, CV, giving you the time for interviews. And so, time can pass without you daring to take the step of giving up and continuing to suffer. Learn to identify if what you are feeling is only security and not happiness.

And well, you have already done the analysis of your situation and identified that you are not really happy with your job: decision time: How do I make my transition to a new job smoother?

Give up, come out and run!, hahaha OK no, wait, we can’t take things so lightly, we have to close cycles in the best possible way.

Activate your network of contacts, talk with your close ones and tell them you are looking for new opportunities so that they can refer you.

• Update your work social networks.

• Have your CV ready to share.

• Look for opportunities in all job boards you know and ask recruiters in what type of platforms you can upload your data. You may not be familiar with all of them.

• If you have a clear mind about the type of company you would like to work in, you can apply directly in their job board.

• Dust off all your creativity and pro-activity for your interviews.

• Be open to listen to all offers and conditions; value income, business culture, benefits, distances.

• Keep in mind that you will have to organize your current activities to have space for interviews.

• If you are not accepted, take it as a learning experience for future interviews.

It may take a while to find the right offer that covers all the important aspects you want, but if you can give yourself time, don’t rush the situations. Once you have a new job (because I know you will get it :)) it is important to have open communication with your current employer, and tell them with time about your departure to make a suitable delivery of your tasks.

In the end, we all seek to be happy with what we do and have better opportunities that can add value to our work experience.