Are you in a dead end job? You put in maximum effort, you knock projects out of the park, you are showing leadership capabilities, but you’re stuck in the same position.

You may be in one without actually realizing it. Many jobs start out promising, but over time, the writing on the wall becomes clear – there is little to no room for growth and development.

How do you know for sure you’re in a dead end job? Here are some of the common signs it may be time to start looking elsewhere to take the next step in your career:

1. Your Ideas Are Not Taken Seriously

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Proposing ideas and looking for ways to improve things is a great way to show you are motivated to take the next step. But if your ideas are constantly getting ignored or shut down by others, especially your boss, it could be a sign a promotion is NOT in your future.

2. Your Manager Doesn’t Discuss Your Career Path and Goals

If your boss doesn’t show some interest in your professional development, then this is a red flag. When was the last time your boss asked you about your career goals and objectives? If you ask them about progression and they give you the run around, it’s a sign you are not in their plans.

3. You Are Assigned Busy Work

Do you seem to get stuck with all the tasks that no one else in the office wants to do? It’s a sign you’re seen as reliable, but not necessarily as a candidate for a promotion.

4. You Can’t See a Logical Next Step

Many careers and companies have a logical path for you to advance. You start in a junior role, move up to a senior role, and eventually management. If you can’t see a logical next step for yourself, you’re not likely going to get promoted.

5. Other People Are Leaving the Company

Are other colleagues in similar roles leaving the company? They too may have come to the realization that if they want to move up in their career, they need to move on to another organization to do it.

6. You’ve Lost Your Motivation

Have you become bored and lost your motivation? While all people can hit a lull at work from time to time, consistently becoming more jaded and losing motivation is a sign it’s time for a change.

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Elaine Bellio Marketing Recruiter

Elaine Bellio

Elaine is a Director, Client Services with IQ PARTNERS with a specialty focus in recruiting for B2B & B2C Marketing and Sales across a number of industries. She has amassed a total of 18 years in sales, sales management, and recruiting at the agency level – selling both contingent and retained search – and has a deep understanding of the sales and marketing processes and what it takes to build a successful team.

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