5 Signs It's Time to Look for a New Job

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How do you know if you need to jump ship or just take a vacation? Read on for five tell-tale signs you should head for the hills—or at least the job postings.

1. YOU AREN’T USING YOUR SKILLS.

They’re called career paths for a reason—they’re all about the journey. When you’re not applying your unique talents and not being challenged, you’re not growing. And when you’re not growing, you’re falling behind. You're sacrificing your personal happiness, too: A 2007 analysis by Gallup found that employees who feel like they use their particular talents and strengths at work are three times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life.

If you’re bored or frustrated with the work in front of you, if you feel your ideas are being ignored, or if you see no opportunity for advancement, talk to your boss. Often, bosses may not realize when an employee who wants to be challenged isn’t being challenged. But if the response amounts to “tough luck,” start looking for a place and a mentor that will appreciate your talents and invest in you.

2. YOU HAVE ZERO WORK/LIFE BALANCE.

Yes, good jobs can be demanding. And in the best-case scenario, you’re always challenged. But when a job takes over your life, it can cease to be worth it. Studies have found that employees who have greater control over their schedules are happier, sleep better, have lower stress levels, and better mental and physical health. If you’re feeling dissatisfied with work spilling over into the rest of your life, that’s a hint that you’re probably ready to go—employee retention is higher at companies where workers have greater flexibility and feel like supervisors support their personal lives.

If you’re spending less and less time with friends or family, or if that time is compromised because you’re expected to work extra hours at home or jump at your boss’s demands whenever she emails, that’s a pretty good indication your balance is off. And if you literally can’t get enough sleep because you’re working too many hours—or are too stressed or anxious to sleep well—listen to your body! Same goes if you’re jumpier or moodier than usual. Try to assess how your health—both physical and mental—may have changed since you joined your company. A job should help you grow, not change who you are.

3. YOU WORK IN A TOXIC ENVIRONMENT.

Your boss is overly critical of you—or others. Your co-workers like to gossip. You’re expected to perform at all costs and are frequently under duress. These are just a few ways an office can be toxic. The environment you work in can deeply affect you, so just like with a toxic relationship, the best thing to do is get out. Research has found that people who complain about their job and stew over the negative aspects of their office life have lower moods not just at work, but into the next morning—meaning, your bad office vibes bleed over into your personal life long after you clock out. That said, no matter the circumstances, don’t burn bridges when you leave. Even if your boss seems difficult, he may be well respected in the wider industry, and word travels. Take the high road.

4. YOUR COMPANY (OR INDUSTRY) IS STRUGGLING.

You can see the signs: layoffs, budget cuts, and lowering profits. Don’t go down with the ship! It’s easier to find a job when you have a job. And if things do go south, you don’t want to be around for the layoffs, even if your job remains intact. A decade-long study of Boeing workers found that those who survived layoffs had higher stress levels (measured through factors like rates of alcohol abuse) and double the depression rates of employees who lost their jobs.

So leave before your company crashes or gets sold, and you’ll be one step ahead. If it’s your industry that seems to be taking a hit, start figuring out how your skills translate to other fields. The world changes, keep up with it! As long as you have a career narrative—that is, an intentional path and solid reasoning behind your moves—acing future interviews will be a breeze.

5. YOU FEEL BLUE EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT.

Finally, if you dread Monday mornings (or all weekday mornings), or if you just feel in your bones that you lack passion for what you’re doing, you need a change. These may seem like such simple signs, but they indicate your job either isn’t the right fit or you’ve outgrown it. A 2012 survey from Gallup found that employees who are disengaged at work experience a significant downturn in their moods come Sunday night, while engaged workers feel as good during the week as they do on their days off. When it comes to your career, you should like what you’re doing, at least on some level. So listen to what your body is telling you—and start looking to move on before your apathy affects your performance.

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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More Than 650 New Words Have Been Added to Dictionary.com—Here Are 50 of Them

Online dictionaries can add words a little more quickly than their printed counterparts.
Online dictionaries can add words a little more quickly than their printed counterparts.
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Back in April, Dictionary.com updated its lexicon with a number of terms that had sprung up seemingly overnight, including COVID-19, novel coronavirus, and even rona. Now, as a testament to just how fast language evolves, the online dictionary has added 650 more.

Though the terms aren’t all quite as new as rona, they’ve all recently become prevalent enough to warrant their own dictionary entries. And they’re not all related to public health crises, either. New slang includes amirite, a truncated version of Am I right?; and zhuzh, a verb meaning “to make (something) more lively and interesting, stylish, or appealing, as by a small change or addition” (it can also be used as a noun).

There’s a handful of phrases that describe pets used for service or therapy—assistance animal, comfort animal, and emotional support animal, among others—and a couple that help capture the sometimes bizarre landscape of modern parenting. Sharent, a portmanteau of share and parent, refers to the act of chronicling your child’s life on social media (or a parent who does it); and extravagant methods of publicly announcing an unborn baby’s gender are now so widespread that gender reveal is a dictionary-recognized term. Some terms address racist behaviors—whitesplain and brownface, for example—while others reflect how certain people of color describe their specific ethnicities; Afro-Latina, Afro-Latino, and Afro-Latinx each have an entry, as do Pinay, Pinoy, and Pinxy.

In addition to the new entries, Dictionary.com has also added 2100 new definitions to existing entries and revised another 11,000 existing definitions—making it the site’s largest update ever. Black in reference to ethnicity is now a separate entry from the color black, and lexicographers have also combed through the dictionary to capitalize Black wherever it appears in other entries. They’ve also replaced homosexuality—now often considered an outdated clinical term with a negative connotation—with gayness in other entries, and addict with a person addicted to or a habitual user of. In short, people are constantly making language more inclusive and sensitive, and Dictionary.com is working to represent those changes in the dictionary.

Take a look at 50 of Dictionary.com’s new words and phrases below, and learn more about the updates here.

  1. Af
  1. Afro-Latina
  1. Afro-Latino
  1. Afro-Latinx
  1. Agile development
  1. Amirite
  1. Assistance animal
  1. Battle royale
  1. Bombogenesis
  1. Brownface
  1. Cap and trade
  1. Comfort animal
  1. Community management
  1. Companion animal
  1. Conservation dependent
  1. Conservation status
  1. Contouring
  1. Critically endangered
  1. DGAF
  1. Dunning-Kruger effect
  1. Ecoanxiety
  1. Emissions trading
  1. Emotional labor
  1. Emotional support animal
  1. Empty suit
  1. Extinct in the wild
  1. Filipinx
  1. Filipina
  1. Gender reveal
  1. GOAT
  1. Hodophobia
  1. Information bubble
  1. Ish
  1. Jabroni
  1. Janky
  1. MeToo
  1. Natural language processing
  1. Nothingburger
  1. Off-grid
  1. Pinay
  1. Pinoy
  1. Pinxy
  1. Ratio
  1. Sharent
  1. Swole
  1. Techlash
  1. Therapy animal
  1. Whitesplain
  1. World-building
  1. Zhuzh