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Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Current Job

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It happens to all of us – well, most of us. There comes a time when you choose to leave a job. It could be for many reasons, from finding a new job to leaving your current position because of troubles with management or co-workers. No matter the reason, there are a plenty of signs to pay attention to in order to know when it’s time to move on.

You are Miserable

If you wake up every morning feeling like it is the last day of your life, that is a surefire way of knowing that it is time to move on from your job. Many people work positions that make them unhappy, mainly because they need the money, but you don’t want to be that person. Move on and pursue your passions! If you don’t look forward to coming into the office, then it’s time to reevaluate your position and potentially look for another job.

Most of us live our lives going though the daily motions of what’s expected – go to work, cash your check, go home, see your family, rinse and repeat. Your work should be fulfilling and provide you with plenty of energy at the end of the day to dedicate to those most important – yourself and your friends and family. There are days when your work day is heavier than others, but your career should not be in constant “crunch time”.

Management & Co-workers Drive You Crazy

Not getting along with your boss and co-workers is enough to drive anyone insane and if the problems are not solvable, you may want to try moving on to another position. Some workplaces have certain “types” of people, and if you do not fit the mold, it can be stressful to be around them on a daily and constant basis. Look for alternatives – there are many! This is not the last job on the planet.

You deserve to work in a positive environment that fulfills you. Stress is always part of the job and not every company is perfect. But at the end of the day, you should not feel like it’s you versus them.

You’re not Getting Paid as much as You Think You’re Worth

Be proud of yourself, your experience and confident in how much you are worth. You’ve worked very hard to get there (education, previous work experience, etc), and you should acknowledge your journey thus far.

Are you underpaid for your experience? Are you being treated poorly and, quite frankly, not being paid enough? Are you working your butt off and making little profit? Does your boss not recognize your contributions to the organization? This may be a sign! It’s doubly hard to stay at a position when you’ve already brought up the potential for a raise with your manager, but they do not seem interested in helping you reach that goal.

You’re Bored!

Feeling like you’re using your skills to their fullest potential? Do you not believe in the company’s mission anymore? Just sick of working in a cubicle? If so, then you may need to find a job that motivates you and is more specific to your interests. If you took a job that did not interest you, but simply needed a job, eventually it may be a good time to move on. You need to be passionate about what you do, or you will eventually feel empty at the end of the day – not feeling accomplished and unfulfilled. Everyone deserves to be fulfilled with the work that they do, and if you’re not, it may be time to move on. Define your strengths and your passion and find an organization that will help you cultivate them.

You’re Just Not Working Enough

Many jobs can simply not give you the hours you need, and they may even promise them from the beginning. If this is the case, you need to have a talk with your manager. If you still aren’t getting the work you need, then you may have to seek a new position or find a totally new job that meets all of your financial and professional needs.

You’re Simply Not Respected

If you have ideas or have an interest in growing within your position but are constantly beaten down, it may be time to move on so you can have a better position – perhaps as a manager or as your own boss. A job should not be an “end goal” so if it is starting to feel like that, you need to make sure you get out and keep moving up the ladder.

If you are not happy in your current position, for any reason, you should at least begin plans to leave your job for a new position. To play it safe, you can look for new opportunities while still working for your current company, rather than quitting cold turkey (which is what I did!). Find a new job that suits all of your needs and passions!

Resources on Amazon

TEDxKrakow – John Scherer – Quit Your Job and Find Your Work

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