Is It Time To Go?

Are you excited when that alarm goes off on Monday morning, ready to greet another week of work and tackle all of the opportunities and challenges it will bring?  Or, do you get that sick feeling in your stomach that starts on Sunday afternoon and grows as the inevitable return to the office draws nearer?

As our country struggled through a difficult economy, many of us would never consider leaving our jobs even if they were making us unhappy or we saw no chance for meaningful advancement.  Just having a reliable paycheck was enough.  But now, with signs that the job market is improving especially the healthcare IT job market, people are starting to poke their heads out of their cubicles and look for other options.

So, here’s the important question — When do you know it’s the right time to go?

Are there clear indicators that you can check off on a list that you use to persuade yourself the time has come?  If so, what are those signs for you?

Forbes magazine put together a slide show on its website explaining the Top Ten signs it’s time to leave your job.  Among their factors are the following:

1. Too much downtime — If you are watching old episodes of The Office while sitting at your desk because you have nothing else to do, it may mean that you have outgrown the job or the company doesn’t want to invest any more in you by giving you more responsibility.

2. You are passed over for promotions repeatedly. — This is a bad sign.  For whatever reason, you will not be moving up this company’s ladder unless something significant changes.

3. You can’t even fake interest in your work. — If you are apathetic about your position and the responsibilities that come with it, do yourself and your boss a favor and look for a more fulfilling position.

What are some other ways that you knew it was time to move on in your career?

Are you starting to listen to the recruiters when they call about great new opportunities? Are you unsure about whether now is the time to move on?  Send me a note and let’s discuss the best path for you.

About the author


Joe Lavelle

Joe Lavelle is the Co-Founder of intrepidNow. Prior to that Joe was an accomplished healthcare IT executive and career coach with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, health care companies, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Joe is also the author of Act As If It Were Impossible To Fail, available on Amazon.


  • Great post Joe! The sad truth is that so many people never do anything about their misery – that’s really sad. Life is way too short to wake up every day and go thru the motions to collect a paycheck. What a waste. One part of solving this issue is asking yourself ‘Is it time to go’? The other is pulling trhe trigger and leaving. Trust me – once you do, it will feel so good and you will ask yourself why you waited so long to get out!

  • Thanks for your great insights Tim. i could not agree with you more. I call this “stealing a paycheck” and coach people in that situation pretty aggressively to find the peace in leaving to find something that fulfills them.

  • hi, for sure healthcare IT is all set to grow… truly speaking, information technology is transforming the healthcare industry, thus providing immense opportunities for quality healthcare professionals.

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