When is it Time to Quit Your Job?
How do you feel Sunday night? If you can feel the dread of the coming week creeping in on Sunday night, that’s a clear indication that something is very wrong at work. But is it enough of a signal to quit?
It's time to quit when:
When work stress is harming your health. You have nothing without your health. Mental and physical.
When you’re underpaid and have been denied a justifiable raise. See my other post about getting a raise here.
When you feel like you’ve exhausted all other solutions and nothing is helping. I’m certainly not advocating a brash decision. Make sure you've tried everything you can think of before throwing in the towel.
When the nagging feeling that you should be elsewhere doesn’t go away. Everyone has these thoughts when we’re angry. But if you’re still having these thoughts when things are going well at work, you need to listen to your gut.
When your job has a short runway. If you can see your position ending in the near future, take charge now and start looking.
Have you plateaued? Is there a higher position in the company to attain? If there is nowhere else for you to go in the company than sideways and you're not comfortable staying put, it’s time to move on.
When you’re bringing your stress home. Once it’s started infecting your personal life, it’s time to go. That doesn’t mean you quit tomorrow, but it does mean you start an action plan for how you're going to leave and where you’re going to go next. At the very least you’ll feel a bit better because you’ve taken charge of how you’re going to make your life better.
Before you take the plunge, make sure you have the following:
A new job to go to, or
At least four months worth of savings to tide you over until you get another position.
Knowing what you want, and how to get it (training, networking, etc.).
Knowing your boundaries; what your “deal breakers” are.
Take time to do a little soul-searching before you plunge right into a new position, too. You don’t want any of your old frustrations, expectations or bad habits to spill into your new job.