When I say “Top” I mean, if you associate with one of the below, YES one, then you need to start looking for a new job PDQ.

I’m not talking about the wishy washy signs such as: moaning about my job, hating my boss, Monday morning dread etc etc.

Although real signs that you may need to start looking for a new job, I’m talking about signs that you either have or you don’t regardless of how your mood fluctuates towards your job.

Remember, the easy thing is to often to stay where you are, but I can’t stress enough how often I see clients who’ve ignore one of the signs below to their peril and have ended up in a negative career situation that could have been avoided if they had been tactical.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you owe loyalty to your company either, again I’m often faced with clients who were loyal and basically ended up being shafted without a second thought when the company needed to make changes etc.

It’s easy to let emotion get in the way, but business is business and you need to be tactical if you’re going to survive.

I hate to say it, but ultimately, you’re a commodity to a company, don’t be fooled into thinking that you mean something to them, because when push comes to shove, you don’t.

So straight to the point, here are my 5 signs:

  1. You’ve been in the company for over 10 years.
  2. You need a considerable pay rise.
  3. There are no promotional opportunities available.
  4. The company is making redundancies / keeps restructuring / lots of people are leaving.
  5. Your appraisal was bad and they’re (probably) performance managing you.

To stress, if you associate with one or more of the above signs that it’s time to start looking for a new job.



NOPE – I’m giving you common sense and clear advice.

It’s super easy to stay in your existing job; it’s comfortable, it’s easier to stay and better the devil you know.



Careers growth only occurs when you step out of your comfort zone.

Scared? Nervous? Don’t know what to do?

As my advice is always, think in baby steps.

If you’re displaying one of the above, then you probably know you need to think about moving.

My advice is this: get you’re CV updated, get LinkedIn updated and start to look around.

Still nervous?

Hire a coach such as me to be you supporter or if funds don’t allow that then ask a friend to help you.

Can I also recommend you listen to the podcast I did with Victoria McLean of City CV to understand how you need to go about this process properly.

I hope this helped you.


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