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15 Warning Signs Your Job Isn’t The Right Fit For You

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Sometimes, a job opportunity looks better on paper than it truly is in reality. You may want to stick it out for a bit and give it a chance, but when your new job starts making you question your decision to get out of bed each morning, it may be time to take a step back and reevaluate.

Admitting a new job isn’t the best fit can be defeating and scary, especially if you made a career change or left a good position. However, it’s important to recognize when something isn’t working for you or your career goals. According to Forbes Coaches Council, here are some key warning signs that your current job may not be the one for you—and what to do next.

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1. The Job Doesn’t Let You Use Your Strengths

There is no perfect job. When we start feeling disillusioned about our work, it’s usually because we don’t have enough opportunities in the position to utilize our strengths. Before you throw in the towel, take inventory of the areas in your job that allow you to play to your strengths and energize you. Work with your manager to explore how to incorporate more of these opportunities in your role. – Yamini Virani, Celebrus Business Strategies

2. You’re Feeling Overly Negative About Work

You know the role you’re playing isn’t the right fit when you’re unable to find joy in the work, satisfaction in a completed task or happiness when a new assignment is made. Feeling snarky, sarcastic, grouchy, lethargic or otherwise negative about the tasks at hand or wishing for the weekend midweek are surefire signs that the job isn’t a fit for your natural talents and gifts. – Jennifer Wilson, ConvergenceCoaching, LLC

3. You’re Constantly Overwhelmed

Being overwhelmed can have many causes, but sometimes an employee doesn’t fit the job. A manager should not tolerate their employees operating in an overwhelmed state for very long for this reason. Usually, when an employee is over their head, they’re well-intentioned, but too proud to realize it. When they drop ball after ball, it’s often a signal that unconsciously they want out. – Josef Shapiro, Clear and Open

4. You’ve Lost Your Passion

The surefire sign that you are in the wrong job is when your passion for work and the contribution you can make no longer get you up each day. Sometimes, the fire is lost because of long hours, family sacrifices, a difficult boss or shifting expectations, among other things. Identify whatever dampens your passion and see if you can change the situation. If not, it might be time to make a change. – Reed Deshler, AlignOrg Solutions

5. You Can’t Answer, ‘What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?’

We tend to ignore the initial warning signs that a job may not be the right fit by trying to justify our true feelings with excuses. This buys us time to stay comfortable within the status quo. It’s often not until we reach a crisis point that we make a decision to change. If you can’t answer the question, “What gets you out of bed in the morning?”, it’s time for a change or to switch gears. – Sinive Seely, Sinive Seely Coaching and Consulting

6. You’re Not Included In Projects

An early warning sign of a mismatch is whether or not you are included in projects. If you are included only as a resource for the real project team, but are never on the team, your job may not have the authority or impact expected. Talk with your manager about how you could better contribute as a teammate, learn what you can, build your network, then move on to advance your career. – Kelly Tyler Byrnes, Voyage Consulting Group

7. The Bad Consistently Outweighs The Good

No job is perfect, and every job has good and bad moments. First, examine expectations and determine if they’re realistic. Sometimes a job is a launching pad to another, and we just have to tough it out to get to our dream job. If a job’s bad moments consistently outnumber the good, and at the end of the day you’re not fulfilled by the work you do, it’s time to move on. Your calling is waiting! – Sheryl Lyons, Culture Spark LLC

8. There’s No Values Alignment

When employees’ core values are misaligned, there are key warning signs in engagement: decreased health, poor nutrition, complaining, low productivity and lack of pride. Employees who realize the key warning signs should renew their mindset with positive intent, assess their career options, obtain references, give adequate notice and documentation and show appreciation for the opportunity. – Lori Harris, Harris Whitesell Consulting

9. You Can’t Be Yourself

If you find yourself at work trying to be someone you’re not, your job may be a poor fit (unless you’re a professional actor, of course!). Bringing your whole, best self to your job means that you’re aligned with your principles—what you stand for. And when you’re aligned, you can focus on your genius work and spend less of your energy pretending. – Kate Dixon, Dixon Consulting

10. You Don’t Know How Your Position Impacts The Company

Do you feel like your strengths are being utilized? Do you understand how your position impacts the company? If these are a “no,” you’re probably not a perfect fit for the job. Instead of quitting, see if you can find a way to morph the position to your strengths in a way that makes you feel like you really impact the organization. – Cody Dakota Wooten, The Leadership Guide

11. The ‘Exchange Rate’ Of The Job Isn’t Worth It

When we accept a new job, there’s a conscious or unconscious calculation about “the exchange rate.” We’re prepared to commit to making certain investments (time, energy, mind share, etc.) in exchange for certain returns (income, professional development, feeding our passion, etc). If the job isn’t what we imagined, we need to recalculate. Is the return we will get worth the investment it requires? – Brian Gorman, TransformingLives.Coach

12. You Took The Job Based On Wants, Not Needs

A want is rationalized; it’s us saying, “I should want this.” But a need is emotionally felt; it’s a feeling. To know if you are the right fit for the job, ask yourself, “What do I need from this job?” If you’ve answered from a place of wants (e.g. more money), you are likely in the wrong position. To remedy that, feed into the need this job fulfills, and then make the difference you so desire. – Anne Beaulieu, Walking Inside Resources Inc.

13. You’re Uncomfortable Speaking Up

Even if you have an unpopular opinion, you should feel comfortable speaking up to your manager, peers or even the CEO. The moment you find yourself not speaking your truth is the moment you realize you know you are in the wrong environment. A culture that does not support varied opinions and thoughts is one that stifles creativity and careers. Find your voice or find a different company! – Jennifer Peatman, Jennifer Peatman Coaching and Consulting

14. Your Day-To-Day Doesn’t Match The Job Description

In larger companies, HR often has established job descriptions. Hiring managers can’t deviate from the written descriptions, but they don’t fit the actual role they have in mind. So, people hire into a role with one expectation, only to find the job different. Have a candid conversation regarding the role and its difference from what was expected. Once that is clear, embrace the job as a growth challenge. – John Knotts, Crosscutter Enterprises

15. Your Gut Says It’s The Wrong Fit

I’ll never forget realizing on the first day of a new job that I was in the wrong place with the wrong people. A conversation with my new boss went awry, and I knew in my gut that his reaction wasn’t appropriate. I should’ve trusted my gut at the moment and gotten myself out of the job. I didn’t and I ended up staying longer than I should’ve. You know yourself best. If something seems off, it is. – Alex Rufatto Perry, Practically Speaking, LLC

Source: Forbes – Leadership