When you’re a chef working long hours, it’s not always easy to find the time to look for a new job. However, there are some telltale signs that suggest it’s time to move on and find a new job with a different employer.
Here are five key signs that suggest it’s time to start exploring new chef job opportunities:
1. Your day off is spent dreading going back to work.
If the thought of another shift seeing the same colleagues and serving the same customers, in the same venue makes you dread going back to work – not occasionally, but all the time – it’s probably the right time to start looking for a new job. It’s often easy to put up with the status quo, but ultimately you need to be happy at work especially given the amount of time you’re there.
2. You haven’t learnt anything new at work for ages.
Everybody wants those days at work where everything is a breeze, but like wise without being challenged people often get bored and start to lose that ‘edge’ that probably got them the job in the first place. If you find that your learning curve has plateaued or seems to be going backwards and your not able to change this by speaking to your manager, it may be the right time to start looking for an exciting new challenge where you can reinvigorate your skills and push on!
If you’ve lost your enthusiasm to make an effort with your colleagues and find that you only really engage with them when you want to complain about your boss, other colleagues, customers or just the business in general, and overtime this becomes more pronounced then it’s probably not just a ‘phase’ and you should consider work elsewhere.
4. Everyone is getting promoted ahead of you.
Are you finding that lots of people who joined your current employer (in a similar position – but after you started) are being promoted? If they are, is it because you have stagnated in your current role or others are being given more support and encouragement by managers? You won’t know unless you ask and depending on what you uncover, you may find that a move to a new employer is the right approach to progress your career further.
5. You wouldn’t take your bosses job (even if it was offered to you).
If you’ve reached the point where you no longer want to do your manager’s job then it’s time for you to look for new opportunities elsewhere. Not everyone wants to reach the most senior role they can in their profession, but if your ambition and motivation to be the best you can be has left you in your current role then a new chef job elsewhere may be just what you need to get back on track.