“Know when to walk away, know when to run!” ~Kenny Rogers. So how do you know when it’s time to look for another job?
Every employee needs to be alert to the classic trouble signs that could lead to a termination.

Even for the best of workers, a reversal of fortune can be so sudden that you could win that "Employee of the Month" plaque in August and get sent packing in September. So better to get the hint sooner rather than later. That would give you more time to prepare for a graceful exit.

With that in mind, consider these 10 possible developments as a wake-up call that trouble is brewing, and it might be time to dust off your résumé and try to get out before you're thrown out.
  1. Coworkers who once updated you on everything now don't share even important information.
  2. You're suddenly given impossible tasks with highly unrealistic deadlines.
  3. When you raise concerns about your workload, once-empathetic managers simply say "Deal with it."
  4. You're moved to a much more cramped, out-of-the-way work space.
  5. Colleagues increasingly cut short their conversations with you.
  6. You get word that managers are documenting - and circulating - every interaction with you.
  7. New owners or bosses take over and quickly start importing 'their people'.
  8. You're no longer asked to take part in meetings or participate in committees in which you once played a key role.
  9. Supervisors who once gushed about your contributions now dismiss them.
  10. You spot a job posting from your company that describes exactly what you do.
These signs are compiled from resources such as and by Dennis McCafferty, a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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