As we head into the New Year there are some very common resolutions that we all have….lose weight, drink less, saving money, etc. One thing that might also be on your mind now that 2019 is behind us is getting a new job. While we all have “those days” at work, there are a few major red flags that are a tell tale sign of you needing to start your search for something new.

1. There is no room for advancement

“Advancement” can mean different things to different people; it’s not always a fast track to a VP or Management role. For example maybe advancement to you means being able to get into a different department more in line with your long term goals, or seeing that your role might expand outside of its current responsibilities. The best way to figure out if advancement is available to you is to speak with your manager. Let them know what your goal is and work together on a plan of what you need to do to get there. If this conversation doesn’t go your way and the path for advancement seems bleak, then it might be time to start updating your resume and starting the search for a new opportunity.

2. You can’t stop complaining

Yes, we all have those days from hell that make us want to quit our jobs on the spot. However if everyday for the past few months has been like this then it’s time to start looking for something else. Life is too short to spend a majority of your life (yes, sadly we spend more time at work than not) in a job you hate. Most of the time it’s not even the job you hate, it’s the people you work with. It’s not only draining on your own energy but also those around you, like your spouse or children, and could have negative effects on these relationships. If it’s getting to that point definitely reassess your job and start to put your feelers out there.

3. Your company is unstable

If your company is unstable, having multiple rounds of layoffs, and you feel like your role is contributing less and less this may be writing on the wall for you that it’s time to start applying elsewhere. Keeping in tune to the business is critical to understanding what your future at that company looks like. If your company is losing major clients, reducing staff, you may want to quit before you’re part of the inevitable. If this rings true with you, try having a candid conversation with your manager about whether or not you need to start keeping an eye out for other things. A good manager should understand that their people have to do what’s best for them, so they may be able to provide you with some guidance on what your next move should be.  Of course, he/she may not be able to give you all of the information about what the future of the company looks like, because they too may be on the chopping block.