How do you know when you’re ready to make a move or even switch careers?
Often, people feel stuck in a job, industry or organization and need inspiration to start moving.
Here are the four telltale signs that you’re ready to leap into a new job:
1. You’ve given your current role a fair shot.
If you’re thinking about going elsewhere, make sure you’ve given your current position enough time to say that it’s really not for you.
There are always ups and downs at work, and the downs might cause you to be irrational about leaving.
- Have you spent enough time there to determine that the job is not for you?
- Have you spoken to your bosses about which opportunities you want?
- Are you performing at your top level?
If the answer to all three is yes, then you’ve given it a fair chance and it might be time to move on.
2. New projects are tasks, not opportunities.
If you’re looking to climb the career ladder and differentiate yourself from other PR pros, you can’t be static at work.
You have to take on opportunities that stretch your skills and enable you to learn. Traditional skills are still essential, but if you’re not staying on top of new tools and processes, you can fall behind.
If all the new projects you get assigned to feel more like tasks (meaning you’ve done them a thousand times before) than opportunities (for visibility and to learn new skills), you’re not being put in a position to advance.
3. You don’t want your boss’s boss’s job.
Thinking about your career (rather than your job) means thinking long term.
When you look at your prospective path, would you want your boss’s job? How about his or her boss’s job?
If you can’t see yourself in those shoes in the next five (or so) years, you might be cutting your long-term thinking short. It’s important to have leaders that you respect, relate to and see as mentors.
4. You’re not aligned with your company’s goals.
Everything we do daily links to our organization’s achievements.
If you don’t understand or don’t align with the big picture, you have a rough road ahead. Relatable goals are an important motivation, but you can’t see them, reaching them can seem impossible.
So, now what?
Get out of your comfort zone.
If you’ve received an offer but you’re just not sure you can succeed in it, it might be the next best move.
You’ll push harder to learn, be encouraged to ask more questions, make the right mistakes, and may gain the experience that could change the course of your career.
Fake it till you make it, and you’ll probably make it sooner than you think.
Julia Sahin works in financial communications at a New York PR firm. Connect with her on Twitter. All opinions should be seen as her own and do not reflect her employer’s. A version of this article originally appeared on Muck Rack , a service that enables you to find journalists to pitch, build media lists, get press alerts and create coverage reports with social media data.