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13 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/signs-its-time-to-quit-your-job-2062292

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13 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job
Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. You may furiously leave your office swearing you'll put your two weeks notice in soon. But how do you know when you should give your job a second chance, or when it's really time to quit? For one, you should always follow your gut.

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You Dread Going to Work

While it’s normal to have qualms about the work day, if you truly, deeply dread those eight hours at the office, it is time to move on.

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You’re Procrastinating

And  you do it more than your actual job. If there’s nothing you find engaging about your day-to-day work, you should consider if your current position is really a good fit for you.

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It’s Taking a Toll on Your Health

It’s Taking a Toll on Your Health
  • Are your sick days adding up, out of the blue? 
  • Are you taking as much time off as you can possibly get?
  • Are you resorting to a few (or many) glasses of wine each night to get over a bad day at work? 
  • Are you working so many hours you have no time to exercise, eat healthily or get enough sleep? 

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No Room for Advancement

Committing your time and energy to a company that won’t support the progress of your career, or grow with you, will end up hindering the development of your career in the long run. 

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The Work Environment Is Negative

The Work Environment Is Negative
A negative environment is toxic; if your co-workers are constantly complaining, and your boss is persistently unhappy, the probability of your own contentment is extremely low. 

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You’re Being Recruited

Are headhunters reaching out to you? 

If so, that’s your green flag to move on, if you’re unhappy with your current work environment. 

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Your Job Doesn’t Speak to You

Career-changers are becoming more and more common in this day and age, and you shouldn’t feel stuck on a career path that you don’t connect with. 

If you’ve lost your passion for your job, open your mind to other opportunities that do speak to you, and start moving in a direction that you genuinely feel passionate about.

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Justifying Your Job

"My co-workers are nasty and condescending, but at least my salary is decent.

"I don't make any money but at least there's free coffee and snacks in the office.

Do you feel deep down you know the cons outweigh the pros? You can find a job that offers more positive than negative, and you should get ready to start looking for it.

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Before You Call It Quits

  • Make sure you've identified the real causes of your unhappiness. Keep a diary of events and problems.
  • Give it a chance. Many things, like diets, require time to work out.
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Quit When...

  • You're consistently experiencing more frustration than reward.
  • You can't envision a possible solution or continuing this way.
  • Spending time on this keeps you from more rewarding endeavors or seriously damages your well-being.
  • You're staying for the wrong reasons.
  • Your friends keep telling you to quit.
  • Don't think of quitting as either good or bad in itself or a reflection of your self-worth.

Following protocol

Schedule a time with your supervisor to break the news. Be aware that sharing the news with the office grapevine might cause the news to leak prematurely before you formally give notice.

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Your future-focused "why"

Your supervisor will probably ask you why you are leaving.

Make sure your reason for leaving is opportunity-focused and aspirational and not because you are running away from something. Reasons may be taking on a more prominent role, learning new skills, working in a new industry or relocation.

Weighting counteroffers

Research found that while 58% of employers extend counteroffers, the average employee who accepts them stays less than two years in a company.

Keep the focus on your new opportunities and suggest that you remain in touch and explore the chance to return at a future time.

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The Job Interview

The Job Interview

Hunting for a job is a tricky process and may have many pitfalls. Many of us are not accustomed to having these kinds of conversations or handling the power dynamics of a job interview. There can b...

A Long Multi-Round Process

If you feel there is fog ahead of you due to opacity in the interview process and the multiple rounds, you can simply ask the next steps of the process and the timeline for a decision.

If you think the employer has an elongated set of rounds ahead, request to consolidate them if possible.

Stumped By A Question

Instead of bluffing your way through a question that you are completely stumped with, it is better to be upfront and handle it with honesty and grace. Tell them straight away that you do not know the answer to this question and what similar things you have done which have been effective.

Your life experiences are unique and not identical to what the interviewer is trying to ‘slot’ you into.