Stressed, bored, hate Mondays? These are just some of the signs it’s time to look for a new legal job.
For many of us, coming back from a well-deserved break over the festive and new year’s season offers the chance to tackle the year ahead feeling recharged, refreshed and ready for new challenges.
However, this break may not be enough for some – and even after reading tips for returning to work after a holiday, you may not be feeling the love to return to work. While that’s normal on some level, it might also be the first sign that it’s time to look for a new job.
So, how do you know for sure it’s not just a holiday hangover? Here are some of the signs to watch out for.
The 5 signs it’s time to look for your next legal job
1. Why don’t you like Mondays?
You don’t like Mondays because you dread the weekend coming to a close and having to head off to a job you don’t enjoy anymore.
Sure, it would also be because Monday is a particularly busy day or filled with meetings or something else specific to the day rather than the job more broadly, but it’s also often a tell-tale sign that it’s time to look around for a workplace that doesn’t leave you dreading Mondays.
While we want to feel confident in our roles knowing that we nail everything we do and if not also exceed expectations, the negative to this is getting into a comfort zone.
Next stop? Boredom!
If you’ve hit all your milestones, achieved as much as possible, and have even lost passion for the role because it’s all a bit too same-same, a new professional opportunity and workplace might be the fix you need to reinvigorate your professional life.
3. You dislike the boss
This is a tricky one but can’t be avoided. Your boss or direct report isn’t there to be your bestie, but neither should you feel animosity towards them, especially when you’re spending a chunk of your waking week alongside them at the workplace.
If you find yourself in a situation where resentment is building because your boss isn’t acknowledging your work, is maybe undermining you in some way or is just difficult to get along with, while you can’t ever guarantee that going to a new workplace will fix this, there’s always the chance it might and, as a result, make your working life far more pleasant.
4. Your health is suffering
You can’t put in your best unless both your physical and mental health are primed…or at least not in a state where they are under attack as a result of your job.
Work can take a toll on you but the best workplaces will try to at least help you manage your health or recognise if you are struggling physically or mentally and adjust your workload accordingly.
But you may need to take control of a situation where either your mental or physical health is suffering as a result of your job by leaving your current role and finding one that doesn’t impact you so much, if at all.
5. You are being underutilised
Especially after you’ve been in a role for some time, you can find you’ve outgrown the job and that you have skills that are being underutilised.
If your superiors don’t notice this, are unwilling to offer challenges that speak to your strengths or stonewall attempts by you to put yourself forward for new projects or opportunities, these are sure signs you should be looking for a new work opportunity.
What to do next…
If any of this resonates with you it could be time for a change. While leaving one job to find another takes considerable time and effort, the rewards of being in a new role you enjoy and look forward to going to each day are well worth it.
After you’ve thought about and researched the firms you’d be interested in working for, it’s time to spruce up the CV (and LinkedIn) and get yourself out there. This is where a legal recruiter like our team at Gorilla Jobs can help.
From getting your CV into the hands of firms where the best jobs for your professional experience are, to helping you navigate the interview process, to negotiating a favourable contract, salary and benefits, Gorilla Jobs’ legal team has the market knowledge, expertise, and established relationships to make your job search that much easier. And land you in the legal job you deserve!
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Reach out to us today if you have any questions and would like to discuss opportunities!