Everyone has a bad day at work now and then, but when those bad days start to outnumber the good ones, it’s time to consider looking for a new job. As the economy continues to improve, there’s no reason to stay with a company that’s struggling to survive, or to settle for a role in which you’re not happy, says Howard Seidel, Partner at executive leadership and career consulting firm Essex Partners.

“I think there are two ways to look at this — from an external perspective and from an internal perspective. Sometimes there are outside factors such as your company having financial difficulties, or reorganizations that can impact your job; sometimes it’s more of an introspective, soul-searching kind of thing. When you think, ‘What do I really want to do with my life? Am I truly satisfied? What else is out there?’” says Seidel.

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