Taking a new job is serious business, no one wants to make the wrong choice. But how do you know if that new job is a lemon or a peach? Below are five signs that you’re in the wrong job:
- You’re in it for only the money. Of course money is important, but people who enjoy their work don’t do it only because of money. Ask yourself—Would I do this if I could do something else making more money? If you’re answer is “no” then you’re in the wrong job.
- You’ve been there for months but you’re still struggling. With any new job it takes time to learn the ropes and adjust, but if you find yourself still struggling despite your best efforts, you may be in the wrong job.
- You’re embarrassed to talk about your job. If you find yourself ashamed of what you do or with whom you work, then that’s a sign that you should probably move on. Being embarrassed by your work for any reason can contribute to long-term distress and dissatisfaction.
- You’re bored. Boredom at your work can be just as bad as feeling stressed by the difficulty of it all. Boredom eventually erodes your long-term career prospects because you’re unable to build new skills and gain useful experiences when your job isn’t challenging.
- You’re constantly receiving negative feedback. It’s understandable that mastering any new position takes time. However, if you’ve been in a job for three months or more and are consistently getting negative feedback, you’re probably in a position not fit for your skills.
If you find yourself in the wrong job, don’t hesitate to find another position more suited to your skills and personality.