When Should You Quit Your Job?

When Should You Quit Your Job?

When I quit my job in the middle of the recession, I expected people to tell me I was crazy. To my surprise, my friends and co-workers were all supportive. They understood that it was the right time for me to move on, and that I was prepared for the next step. How can you know if it’s the right time to quit your job?

There is no room to move up the ladder

Ask your supervisors to be honest about mobility. Many companies have stopped promoting people because of the economy – but how long will it last? Are you willing to wait around until they feel more financially secure?

You’ve decided the company (or field) isn’t right for you

Maybe you always dreamed of being in your current job, but it didn’t turn out how you envisioned. Or maybe it just doesn’t make you happy anymore. That’s okay. We all grow and change as we get older, and certain jobs no longer fit. Make sure it’s the job or profession and not a nasty coworker that is making you unhappy. Think about why don’t like your job. It’s okay to make the leap into a new profession – just be sure to do your research and prepare yourself! Quitting your job should never be a hasty decision.

You aren’t learning anything new

Even if your current job isn’t your ultimate goal, you should be able to hone your skills and learn about your company and industry. Once you’ve reached a point where you’re not learning anything and you’re not adding more experience to your resume, it’s time to think about moving on.

You have made arrangements for a new job or a comfortable job search

Don’t quit your job if you don’t have a new job lined up, or enough money to sustain you for several months until you find one. You might have enough money for next month’s rent, but what if your car breaks down or you need unexpected medical care? Save enough to be comfortable and be honest with yourself about your budget.

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