Or maybe you like your job all right but you saw a higher-paying opening at another company that you'd be perfect for.
But in such a bad economy, should you think twice about switching jobs?
Before I trick you into thinking I have an answer for you, know that I don't. What I do know is this: Switching jobs is always a risk, even in the best of economic times. And right now, it's extra risky because if the new job doesn't work out, the escape route--leaving and finding something else--is far more clogged with people than it used to be.
So if you're considering switching jobs, here are some factors to consider--anytime, but especially now:
Obviously, it would be silly to say people should never change jobs in a bad economy. Maybe you can find your dream job, or a way out of a career sinkhole, or a financial windfall. But if there was ever a time to proceed with some extra caution and not leap rashly, it's now.
Alison Green is chief of staff for a medium-sized nonprofit where she oversees day-to-day management of the staff as well as hiring, firing, and staff development. She is working with the Management Center to coauthor a book on nonprofit management. Her writings have been published in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Maxim, and dozens of other newspapers. She blogs at Ask a Manager.