The 2016 edition of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction Survey indicates that about half of all U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs. In which half do you stand? If you’re in that unsatisfied fifty percent, maybe you should think about a new job in 2017.

The prospect of searching for a new job may not fill you with enthusiasm — it can be scary to leave the known world — but sometimes you reach a point where your future happiness depends on it.

Is it time to move on?

If you are exhibiting any of the following symptoms, it could be that the time is right to start your job search:

  • You’re bored with your work. Maybe your job is tedious, or perhaps you’ve done it so long that you can do it without much thought or effort. That might sound appealing until you have to go through the motions for eight hours each day, weeks and months on end. You need to find something that mentally stimulates you so that you feel challenged and engaged on the job.
  • You’re stuck on a lower rung of the ladder. If you are working where there are no visible paths to your career goals, you probably should go elsewhere. You will not find satisfaction in a job that offers little opportunity for advancement.
  • The break room chatter is negative. If you and your co-workers spend most of your work breaks complaining about the company, you may be getting a clear-cut signal to start looking. Those negative feelings spread through the workforce like a virus, and they’re telling you that you aren’t alone in feeling that something isn’t right at this job.
  • Every day is a Monday: It’s not unusual to look forward to Fridays or to feel a bit depressed on Sunday night, but if you are waking up every workday with a sense of foreboding, it’s time to consider a change. Employees who are happy on the job don’t dread the thought of going to work. As a matter of fact, they often look forward to it.
  • You’re always stressed. You can’t avoid stress on the job. But if it’s constant and unrelenting, you are at risk of mental and physical illnesses. Chronic stress can lead to insomnia, depression, hypertension and heart attacks. It’s not worth it. If your job is making you sick, leave it behind.
  • You no longer respect your boss. If you don’t respect your superiors (manager, boss or owner), this is not a problem that’s likely to go away. A good working relationship is only possible with mutual respect. If you believe that you and your boss are going in different directions, you must accept the fact that you are not a good fit for this company — or more accurately, they are not a good fit for you — and you should find one that is.

What now?

If you see yourself in one or more of these situations, you might want to update your resume and start networking immediately. Things are not likely to improve at this job, so there is no reason to wait.

To learn more about pursuing a career in trucking, or to start your next job search, contact a Contracted Driver Services recruiter today.