Feeling underappreciated and overworked in your current job is a clear reason why you should be looking for a new job. This is especially true if you are being overworked and underpaid, which is true for a lot of us out there, especially those of us who got a job immediately after leaving high school or college.
If you are reading this blog, then the answer is clear, jo look for that new job, bestie. Changing jobs isn’t a big deal, especially if the current one is draining for your mental health. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the reasons why you should and need to be looking for a new job.
1. A new job often means a pay raise
A new job means a new opportunity to negotiate your salary. A Partena Professional study shows that employees who leave their company after less than five years earn an average of 11% more with their new employer. Let’s be honest: if the quality of your work leaves something to be desired and you ask your current boss to be generous.
The chance of getting a pay raise in your current job is slim to none. 63% of workers surveyed admit that they would stay in their jobs if they received a pay raise. This shows how important it is for companies to offer competitive salaries, especially in these times of labor shortages.
2. You can move up the ladder
Meanwhile, 39% of respondents have ambitions to move up the corporate ladder by taking on a new position. A higher salary at a new company is sometimes linked to a position with more responsibility. And many workers feel that changing jobs is also the best way to advance their careers and gain additional skills.
Do you have ambitions to grow, but there are no opportunities at your company? It’s a good idea to take a look at the job market. Perhaps other companies in your sector have vacancies for managerial profiles? The knowledge and experience you have gained with your current employer will work in your favor.
3. You learn a lot
Every company has its own way of working. So even if you stay in the same industry, changing jobs will allow you to be in a whole new environment. You will become familiar with other computer programs, new projects, and new ideas. In this way, you will broaden your knowledge and hone new skills.
4. You define what’s best for you
By working for different employers in different industries and with different ways of collaborating, you define what is best for you. You may have worked for a multinational company for years, but now you feel much more comfortable in an SME. By switching companies, you experience which tasks and which type of work culture make you happiest.
5. Your network expands
Your new team expands your network, which will undoubtedly boost your career in the long run. Also, by stepping out of the comfort zone of your current job, you will expand your horizons. You’ll arrive in places you’ve never been and meet people you’ve never seen before. Who knows, maybe your new colleagues will become new friends?
6. Flexibility is a priority
The desire for more flexible hours was the second most important reason for changing jobs. Many workers find the 9-to-5 schedule too restrictive and are looking for a job that offers more flexibility. However, more than a quarter of respondents say they would be willing to stay with their current employer if offered more flexibility with their work hours. For companies that are unable to increase salaries due to budget constraints, this is an excellent option to increase employee retention.
One piece of advice we give to everyone is to set boundaries and not overwork yourself for a company that won’t pay you what you’re worth. If this is your first job, you are working primarily for the experience. If that’s the case, bite the bullet until you have enough experience to get a better-paying job.
And if you feel undervalued in your current job, you should look for another one, because there are plenty of fish in the sea. Most jobs and employers don’t care about you and would replace you with a robot; the second, it becomes cheap enough.
Think of your jobs, or any job, as stepping stones to where you want to go in life, and there is nothing wrong with that. The loyalty and logic that you must stay with a company until you are 60 or until you retire, even if you hate the job, is unhealthy and a ridiculous standard.
Communicate your value and know what you are worth. Then ask for twice as much because people will always pay you less than you are worth! Quit as often as you need to, and definitely don’t sacrifice your value, creativity, and especially not your sanity for a low-paying job that doesn’t value you.
The purpose of work is to create a better life for yourself and get ahead, and that may seem like a very Gen Z view of employment, but at the end of the day, it’s a reality. You have to do whatever you can to move forward in life and if that means quitting a job, then go for it.
Let us know in the comments section below, and let us know what you want to read next and if you want more tips on how to land the perfect job. I will end this blog with a quote from Coleridge:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”