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Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs That A Job Isn’t The Right Fit

By News Creatives Authors , in Leadership , at November 4, 2021

Every job can be stressful at times, and every professional has days when they just aren’t feeling passionate about their work. Sometimes, it’s a phase; other times, it is an indication that either you aren’t the right fit for your position or it isn’t a good fit for you.

When you’re not enjoying your job, it can be difficult to decide whether you should stick it out or come to terms with the fact that you’re not in the right role or aren’t working for the right company. Below, nine members of Forbes Coaches Council share warning signs that your job isn’t the right fit for you.

1. Having Inner Conflict About The Job

One big warning sign is that you have inner conflict about the job. A quick way to access your own truth so that you make the right decision is to do a head, heart and gut check. Start with the head: “What are the pros and cons of staying in this job?” Then, ask yourself a heart question: “What do I truly want?” And finally, ask a question that comes from the gut: “How will this impact my income and my future?” – Diana Long, Life and Work Design

2. Feeling Anxious Before The Workweek Begins

How do you feel every Sunday evening, prior to the start of the workweek? Are you anxious, regretful, depressed, stressed or all of the above? Are you at peace, excited or ready to tackle the next day? Certainly, even those of us who love what we do sometimes lack excitement for the beginning of the week. However, finding yourself in a consistent negative space means it’s time to look elsewhere. – Karen Silins, A+ Career & Resume, LLC

3. Being Unhappy At Work

Ask yourself, “Am I happy?” Many people turn on their work persona and push through the workday. Behind the scenes, they are unhappy at work, and this leads to faster burnout, disinterest, a constant job search, emotional instability and more. If the work doesn’t excite you, then it probably isn’t for you! Much of how you genuinely feel about a job can be determined by how relieved you are when it’s over. – Amera McCoy, McCoy Consulting LLC

4. Your Purpose Not Being Aligned With The Company’s Mission

The most important indicator is the alignment check. The company has a mission, similar to a big arrow fueled by the efforts of many small arrows, which are represented by its employees. When your purpose is generally going in the same direction as the company’s, there is forward momentum and it’s a good fit. When your purpose and your arrow are pointing in a different direction altogether, then it is a sign of a poor fit. – Thomas Lim, Singapore Public Service, SportSG


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5. Disliking What Higher-Ups Are Doing

If you look at the people in higher-level positions and you don’t like their lives or what they’re doing, then that is a sign that you’re not in the right position or company. If you still don’t feel sure about making a change, explore options to optimize a future position there. Ask if there is flexibility in what higher-level positions would do. If not, you can leave based on an informed decision. – Rosie Guagliardo, InnerBrilliance Coaching

6. Having Mismatched Core Values

Ensure that your core values align with the company’s. If they are mismatched, the position is unlikely to be worth staying in. If values you hold dear are chronically violated or disrespected, you end up chronically suffering as well. Things at work will always feel in conflict with your essential self, your performance and attitude will degrade, and you can end up feeling a lack of belonging. – Lisa Marie Platske, Upside Thinking, Inc.

7. Feeling Actively Disengaged And Sharing Your Disdain

One big warning sign that you are not in the right position or in the right company is that you are actively disengaged. Not only do you not want to be there, but you’re also actively sharing your disdain for the role or organization with others. Even when you are clearly able to complete the tasks of the role, you consistently procrastinate and struggle to get them done. – Caroline Vernon, Intoo, USA

8. Feeling Psychologically Unsafe

While I’m a big believer in making the most of whatever situation you happen to be in, we have to always remember our value and be wide-eyed and realistic regarding our potential for development and growth in our current circumstances. If you are in a psychologically unsafe environment, if you have a toxic boss, or if you simply aren’t provided an opportunity to grow, you should start looking for something new. – Jonathan H. Westover, Utah Valley University & Human Capital Innovations, LLC

9. Seeing No Upside To The Position

A big warning sign is when you see no upside. Specific experiences, tuition reimbursement and network growth are examples of upsides of jobs. If you see no upside and are miserable there at work and when you get home, you are not a good fit. Being excluded from meetings or overlooked for teams are signs that your talents are not valued. Recognize the warning signs and advocate for yourself there or elsewhere. – Kelly Tyler Byrnes, Voyage Consulting Group

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