If you are one of those people who spend the whole weekend dreading Monday morning, then you know you need to quit your job sooner rather than later. But sometimes things are not that obvious. It may not be the job you have always dreamed of but the pay is pretty good, the people are really nice and you know what your doing. Sound familiar? that’s ok, we all get complacent from time to time.
If you are not sure whether to sit tight or move on, go through our list of 8 signs that tell you quitting your job is a good idea. If you answer yes to 2 or more signs below, you really need to shake off that complacency and quit your job sooner rather than later.
1. You Have Been Standing Still Too Long
If you have been in the same role for 3 years or more without any change or promotion then you need to move on. Long stays in one role are often hard to explain in job interviews and it makes your experience look limited. You need to take control of your career development, and if that is not available with your current employer then it’s time to find a new company to work for. Always ask your employer if there is a chance you can move roles or work toward a promotion. If the answer is no, then move on.
2. No Personal Development
If you are a permanent employee then the company should be conscious of your personal development. If you are not being offered any training courses, there is no talk about how your role fits your development plan or you are not challenged at all with new job tasks then you need to consider quitting your job.
3. Constant Farewells
Are you constantly going to farewell drinks for work colleagues especially the smart, capable ones? If you are then there is something not quite right about the company or the culture and you should take notice of what that is. If the problem is serious, then maybe you are better off quitting your job before things get worse. Similarly, if there are lots of job opportunities in the market and that is why people are moving on, then it may be the time for you to try and get a better deal too.
4. The Boat Is Sinking
Constant changes to the company organisational chart are a bad sign. They may be due to a lack of planning or poor management, either way is is a sign you should be thinking about quitting and moving on. If their are constant restructures happening around you, lots of layoffs or multiple redundancies take that as a sign to move out.
5. Your Boss Hates You
This is a simple one. If your boss really doesn’t like you then they are not going to invest time and resources in you and that makes it hard for you to achieve success. If you are being left out of important meetings, your boss undermines you all the time or your boss doesn’t provide clear and helpful feedback then you need to quit your job as soon as possible.
6. No Work/Life Balance
Only you can decide what a good balance is, but if you are devoting your life to the company and not getting enough down time then you need to make a change.
7. Your Values Don’t Align With The Company
If you are uncomfortable with any ethical or moral decisions the company makes then it is not the place for you. It will make you question yourself and ultimately you need to devote your time to something you believe in.
If you answered yes to 2 or more of the signs above then you need to shake off the complacency and get yourself back into job search mode. Don’t take too long to decide, the longer you remain out of the job search market the harder it is to stay relevant.
Once you have definitely decided to quit your job, make sure you do your homework before you hand in a resignation. See the posts below to help you ease your way back into the job search market.
- 5 Steps To Kick Start Your Job Search Process
- 4 Interesting Ways Google Can Help Your Job Search
- The Only 4 Apps You Need to Increase Job Search Success
- 5 Best Job Search Engines
- 6 Best LinkedIn Job Search Tips
- How To Quit Your Job Gracefully And Keep Your Network
You should also have a think about how you are going to explain ‘quitting’ to your next employer. Have a look at the 2 posts below for a list of perfectly acceptable reasons why you left your last role.