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Knowing When to Consider a New Job: 5 Key Indicators for Tax Professionals

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Determining the right time to consider a new job is crucial for many tax professionals. With eight years in recruitment, I've guided numerous candidates through this process, and I'd like to share some insights on the signs that indicate it might be time for a career move.

I'm Sam, and I recently joined Pro-Recruitment to expand our Northern business. Originally from Stoke, I've spent the last 11 years in Manchester and Yorkshire, making me quite the honorary Northerner. When I'm not helping candidates navigate their careers, you might find me running marathons, competing in triathlons, or pursuing my latest hobby (currently, it's golf).

In this blog, I'll explore the five signs that it might be time to look for a new job. Having recently made a significant career change myself, I understand the challenges and excitement that come with such decisions.

1. Lack of Clear Progression Path

The first and perhaps most crucial sign is whether you see a clear path for your career progression. Do you have the necessary support, mentors, and champions to help you reach your goals? If you've explored your options internally and none excite you, it might be time to consider a move. Speaking with your mentor or line manager can provide clarity, but if their suggestions don't inspire you, it may be a sign to look elsewhere.

2. Diminished Work Excitement

Passion for your work is essential, especially considering the significant amount of time spent on the job. If you're no longer excited about upcoming projects, new challenges, or the progression paths available, it might be time to explore new opportunities. Your work should engage and motivate you.

3. Frequent Clock-Watching

While it's expected to watch the clock occasionally, doing so frequently is a red flag. If you find yourself regularly wishing the day or week away, it's an indication that your current role may no longer be fulfilling. Pay attention to how often you're checking the time, as it can reveal your genuine engagement with your work.

4. Misaligned Culture

Office culture plays a significant role in job satisfaction. If the culture at your firm no longer fits your needs or values, it can affect your motivation and mental health. Sometimes, what was once a great cultural fit may no longer be suitable, not because the culture has changed but because you have evolved. Assess whether the current culture aligns with your needs and preferences.

5. Feeling Undervalued

Feeling valued at work is highly personal and varies from person to person. For some, it's about salary and benefits; for others, it's about recognition and development opportunities. If you consistently feel that your efforts go unrecognised or you lack growth opportunities, it might be time to consider a new role where you feel more appreciated and supported.


Making a career move is a significant decision, but recognising these five signs can help you determine if it's the right time for you. If any of these indicators resonate with you, consider reaching out to discuss your options. An exploratory conversation can provide valuable insights and help you decide whether now is the right time for a change.

Feel free to contact me if you'd like to explore your career options and discover if a new opportunity is on your horizon.