I’m 99.9% positive that everyone I know in my life has either thought about quitting a job or has quit a job. Our intuition knows how to tell us but sometimes circumstance prevents us from doing so, or even just plain fear. Sometimes though, the signs become so obvious and it is only right to consider what they might be pointing to.
When to quit your job
Your gut tells you. Your family has suggested it. Every fiber in your body tells you something is wrong. Yet, you wrestle with the what ifs and why nots. I have been this person and it’s always a sucky position to be in. For me, there has always been a few signs that signify when it’s time to move on from a job (or at least find new ways to enjoy it) and I haven’t regretted any of my choices so far. Here are the 5 signs that tell me when it’s time to find a way out.
You dread the next time you have to go to work
One of the most common signs that it’s time to start getting your exit strategy together is when you start to dread going to work. Your job shouldn’t make you hate the mornings. What has the sun ever done to you? Really though, can you see yourself being miserable for the rest of your life? If you’re reading this list, I’m going to guess the answer is no. Trust me, your company is better off without someone who doesn’t want to be there and so are you. Don’t spend the rest of your life being unhappy about the next time you have to go to work.
Most of your conversations with your coworkers are work-related and negative
Do most of your conversations with co-workers happen to be about everything that’s wrong with your boss? Or maybe you are finding every opportunity to vent to a co-worker about how unhappy you are with something about your job. This is no bueno. Think about a relationship. If you’re spending most of your time talking crap about your s/o to the world, you guys probably shouldn’t be together. Your relationship with your job isn’t any different.
You have been visualizing yourself doing something else with your life
Your body might be at work, but your mind is somewhere else. All of the time. That isn’t being present, and to do you job well, you’re going to need that. If you were really content with your job you would be totally submerged into your role and your surroundings, and be excited to do it again for the most part. If you can have any career in the world, what would it be? If your answer was something totally different than the current job you have, you seriously need to ask yourself what the heck you are doing now and why. Most likely you’ll find a few reasons to help you understand what you truly wish to do with your time on this earth and be excited about it.
You have been secretly jealous of your friend’s recent promotion or new job offer
Jealousy occurs when someone has something that you don’t, and it really bothers you, or it makes your even more aware of what you are missing in your life. Um, hello? Need I repeat myself? Whatever it is about your friend’s promotion or recent job offer, it is telling you that you are missing something in your own career. Those who are content don’t envy the lives of others, wouldn’t you agree?
You aren’t happy
If you are only happy when you’re not at work, well, that’s a huge sign that it’s time to find a job that will make you happy. Or enthusiastic, or excited, or hopeful, or something positive. If anyone told you they weren’t happy with their job, you’d probably tell them to find a more fulfilling role. Why should it be any different when it comes to you own career?
Don’t feel guilty about quitting your job
Obviously there are many factors to incorporate into making a decision as big as quitting your job. Definitely consider what those factors are and wether being out of work for a few weeks (or more) would put you in a difficult position. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about guilt. Some people I know have felt guilty about leaving a job. Maybe they were hooked up with the job from a friend, or maybe your leaving will put more work on other peoples plate. Understandable. Whatever you choose, decide well. Heart wrenching guilt only happens when you make a choice you can’t live with at the end of the day.