What are your career goals this year? Is it time for a change of scenery? Here are 5 reasons you may need a new sales job.


According to new research from Indeed, having a negative workplace or a job you do not enjoy can add significant stress to your life and accelerate burnout. That being said, it is very important to take calculated risks when considering leaving your current job. Even when you want to just walk into your boss’ office, hand over your resignation letter and drop the mic, unemployment and job seeking can be equally, if not more stressful. For that reason it is important to evaluate these 5 factors.

1. The company you work for isn’t the ‘right fit’

There are many ways this can present itself. One way is that the company itself is unstable or unprofitable.

If you’re questioning whether the company will still be around in three to six months for either financial or legal reasons, you might want to consider moving on.

But what about your work environment? Feeling valued as an employee can turn even mundane jobs into enjoyable ones. However, if you find that your superiors are taking advantage of your work or that they encourage a hostile, overly-competitive environment, can make you dread coming into what would have been your dream job. Even if the position is what you always wanted, the company itself is a major influence on your success as an employee.

2. You’re bored (or stressed, or just not happy)

Is your work unfulfilling? Does your hard work go unnoticed? Are you constantly being asked to meet unrealistic deadlines? Fluctuations in the amount of work you have to do on the job is expected at any place of employment. However, constantly feeling bored or stressed can lead to dread at the idea of going into work.

Your mood also directly impacts your sales performance. The Harvard Business Review found that happy salespeople are able to raise sales by 37% and overall productivity by 31%. Wow.

Your job should not just be a way for you to make money, but should bring you happiness and a sense of fulfillment that you are contributing something to the company or the community.

3. Your workday cuts into your personal time

Some overtime is expected from time to time, but if you are consistently being asked to stay late or to come in on your days off, it might be a sign that you should move on from your current job.

It is essential that your job helps you to succeed but not burnout.

Not having a good balance between your work life and personal life can lead to unhappiness and cause added stress.

4. There is no possibility for advancement

While most of us would like to find the perfect company and put in 10, 20, or even 30 years with them, the reality is that most employees change jobs every few years. With driven professionals, a big turn-off from a job is the lack of advancement opportunities. If you are taking a look around your office and don’t feel like there is a clear plan for your advancement, this is something to really think about.

Where do you want to be in 5 years? Will this job help you get there or hold you back?

No room for personal development is a very good reason to start looking around.

5. Your salary does not meet your needs

It does not matter how much you love your job if you cannot afford to support yourself and/or your family with the salary you are earning. Low income can lead to stress in other areas of your life, which can ultimately lead to other health and financial problems.

Utilize salary reports to determine if you are being well compensated.

You can also use this data to build the case for why you should be considered for a raise, title change or promotion (or maybe all 3!).

These are all good reasons to quit your job, but saying you’re going to quit your job and actually quitting are two different things. I understand how daunting it can be to reenter the job market – so don’t be afraid to reach out to us for help! Ideal is here to help you land your dream sales job with a company that exceeds your expectations.

Check out this handy infographic that summarizes the 5 red flags to look out for!

5 Reasons you Need a New Sales Job