5 Signs It’s Time to Start a Job Search

Sometimes you know it’s time to start looking for a new job because there’s a big red flag flapping in the wind, like dissatisfaction from your boss or major company upheavals. But there may be less obvious indications that it’s time to move on. Read on to see if you can relate to any of these subtler signs that you should update your resume.


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1. Your Heart Disease Risk Is High
Did your doctor tell you you’re at risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) at your last checkup? You may want to look beyond revamping your diet and take a look at your work situation, too. Burnout, defined by Tel Aviv University researchers as a state of “emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue, and cognitive weariness” due to your job, is also linked closely to incidences of CHD when compared to the health of people who didn’t have these experiences on the job.

2. You Can’t Shake the Blues
If you’ve been feeling down and just can’t seem to snap out of it, you may find that your job is at least partially to blame. When researchers from City College of New York examined the mental states of more than 5,500 teachers who felt high stress from their jobs, they learned that a whopping 90 percent of the subjects also met the diagnostic criteria for clinical depression — suggesting a strong connection between work burnout and depression.

3. You’re More Spontaneous
Have a problem recently with impulsive behavior? Throwing caution to the wind just may be a sign that your job is doing you in, say University of Surrey researchers who presented their findings at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in 2015. When work is taking a toll on your mental health, the study authors found, you’re more likely to make spontaneous, risky, and irrational decisions.

4. Your Clothes Feel Tight
While weight gain isn’t inherently negative, if you gain weight often, rather than maintain a steady number on the scale over time, you may want to take a look at your work situation. Job-related demands were the top reason for weight changes when controlling for other factors in a Harvard Medical School study of 1,355 men and women.

5. Your Commute Is Intolerable
If you’ve tried to find ways to make your commute more productive but it’s still driving you mad, you may want to consider finding a job closer to home if you can’t afford to move closer, caution University of Montreal researchers. Of 1,942 study subjects, those who spent as little as 20 minutes in harried conditions (think: bumper-to-bumper highway traffic or packed subways) were more likely to feel stress and burnout at work.

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