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If you’re dreading the alarm clock every morning and are finding it harder and harder to be productive in your job, it’s time to start reassessing and reconnecting with your goals.

But what’s the difference between a bad day and something more serious? How do you know when it’s time to dust off the old CV and move on? Take a look below for a few warning signs.

• The Snooze Button– I’m not a morning person, never have been! But there’s a huge difference in snoozing for 5 more minutes and a feeling of genuine dread at getting up. If you’re already worrying about the next day the night before, or if you’re considering pulling a sickie an hour and a half into the day, you need to reassess how much you want this job.

• Do something you love and never work a day in your life – This saying is maybe a little over the top; don’t be afraid of hard work! But it’s true, if you’re lacking passion and possibility; that feeling you had when you first started there, it’ll continue to be a grind and you’ll never maximise your potential.

• I’ll never let go, Jack – If the company is sinking, don’t feel you have to go down with the ship. Opportunities dwindling, colleagues leaving... even if you thought you were on a luxury liner, sometimes it’s better to put on a life jacket and jump in the water – scared or not!

• Balancing Act –If you’re no longer spending enough time with family or have lost your social life, this can have a huge effect on your productivity levels. This usually means your workload is too heavy, or you’re not committing the necessary time to your job. Evaluate and make a change.

• Overworked and Underpaid – If there have been changes in your role; more responsibility, more hours, more workload, there can be a good reason for this. It may be a method of testing you for development. But it may also mean you’re being underappreciated and you need to gauge this, and address it. This is especially true if the company is performing well but it’s not reflected in your salary or other benefits.

• Not BFF – If you really don’t get on with your colleagues or your boss, this makes a massive difference in your day. Full time workers generally spend more time with their colleagues than anyone else. So these relationships can be crucial. Try and work out the issues here, but know it’s not always possible. 

• Untapped skills, unheard ideas – Is management acknowledging your potential? Have you been contributing above and beyond for a long period of time or been passed over for promotion despite skill or longevity? If you and your ideas are not being valued, it’s time to look for a new opportunity.

• Zzzz – If you’re simply bored, not learning anything new or stagnating, you may have outgrown your position. Look upwards, or look elsewhere.

• Harassment – If you are experiencing any form of abuse, bullying or harassment in the workplace, look for your next move. Put yourself first.

If your career is ticking a few of these boxes above, speak to someone you trust. Are these issues fixable, or not? If not, the next thing you want to do is make an exit strategy.

Set goals for yourself of what you’re looking for in a new positions; the essentials and desirables.

Give yourself timelines to work to; including brushing up the CV, speaking to recruiters, application time, job search time and the latest deadline for leaving your current role. Make a to do list on how to leave your job (including giving notice, handover and notice period, people that need to be told, transitional help you may need).

If you’ve decided that leaving your job is the right thing for you, ensure you have options ready before leaving. Speak to a recruiter or peer in your industry that you trust, and ideally have your next position lined up. It will always be easier to get a job when you’re in a job.

If you’re not feeling the love and would like to consider a move in your career in construction, property or engineering, get in touch with Building Careers UK. We look forward to hearing from you! For more blogs like this please visit

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