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Maybe you’re moving. Maybe you’re just looking for a change of scenery. Whatever your reasoning may be, quitting your job will have a big impact on your life.

Thankfully, changing jobs can be fantastic for your career. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to try for a new job, let us give you a few reasons why it might be the best thing you do for yourself.

Changing Jobs Can Improve Your Social Life

New Friends
40 hours a week is a lot of time to get to know someone. While, yes, you’ll likely see your old coworkers less often after you change jobs, you’ll also gain a whole new slew of acquaintances at your new position.

Sense of Purpose
Changing jobs also can give you a renewed sense of purpose. Once you’ve been in your position long enough, you often forget why you chose that position in the first place. A new job brings a fresh perspective on what you do and why you do it.

Refreshed Routine
There’s also something to be gained from changing up your routine. While, sure, humans are certainly creatures of habit, a break in the norm can be just what you need if you’re feeling trapped and uninspired.

You Can Make a Lot More Money

Increased Salary
According to Forbes, people who stay at the same job for more than two years make 50% less than their counterparts in the same position.

Yikes.

Money isn’t everything and changing jobs can be stressful, but it is in your financial favor. Don’t let your fear of change keep you from maximizing your potential earnings.

Increased Professional Value
A new job also gives you a whole new chance to prove yourself. Your new employer shouldn’t be taking your work hard ethic for granted—something which unfortunately happens with loyal employees. You can quickly prove your value to a new company that wants to reward you for what you do naturally.

Better Benefits
On top of pure monetary gains, a new job should also offer you improved benefits. You’ll be provided a whole new opportunity to maximize your earnings. Plus, it’s likely your living situation has changed over the past few years (e.g. kids, cars, homes).

Maybe it’s time you got a company car and increased parental leave!

You’ll Make Great Career Gains

Bigger Network
You can never lose from increasing your professional network. Meeting people is important, and it will help you make new connections in your industry—connections which could be very lucrative for you down the road.

More Interview Experience
Also, it never hurts to get more experience in an interview. Learning to sell your personal brand is an important part of career growth. An interview is a chance to show what you’re worth and figure out what the market needs.

Ditch the Drama
Finally, washing your hands of internal office politics can be very refreshing. Regardless of where you work, office politics exist and can oftentimes sour the culture of a company. A new job will let you escape some of the day-to-day drama you’re used to.

Don’t let your fear of a new job keep you from new opportunities. There’s a lot to gain from vying for a new job, whether or not you get it. You’re worth a lot—go take what’s yours!

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