Should I quit my job?
The thought has crossed everyone’s mind at some point in their career. But if the question of whether you should quit your job or not consumes your thoughts, it might be time.
That said, however, the decision to quit your job is a major one. It should be given proper consideration and should not be made impulsively – especially if you don’t have a new job secured.
In order to help you, we’ve put together a list to help you decide if it’s the right move to make.
Here are 5 signs it may be time to quit your job:
1. You dread going to work.
It’s common to have a case of the blues the day before your workweek starts. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a little time off? But if you spend your Sunday (or Sunday-equivalent, if you don’t have a Monday-Friday schedule) bemoaning the fact that you have work the next day, that may be a symptom of something deeper.
If you find yourself losing sleep over the fact that you have to go to work or begin looking for excuses to not go in to work, it might be time to find a new job.
2. You can’t stop complaining about your job.
Bad days happen. It’s OK to vent to a friend or loved one. But take a look at how often you “vent.”
You’re complaining too much when:
- it’s how you start all of your conversations
- you always steer conversations back to work (in a negative way), when outside of work
- your friends and family are asking you to please not talk about work
If you’re at the point where all you can do is focus on the negatives of the job, even in your personal life, it’s time to move on.
3. Your body is telling you it’s time.
Work can be stressful. And work-related stress can impact your physical health, mental health and behavior.
Take a moment to reflect on your job and how it may be affecting your health.
If you find yourself consistently suffering from work-induced insomnia, headaches, stomach issues, etc., consider looking for a less stressful job.
4. You don’t believe in the company or its leaders.
When a company’s values don’t align with your own, it’s difficult to feel engaged. Similarly, if you don’t feel connected or inspired by company leadership, it is easy to lose your motivation and your interest in the job.
When you aren’t motivated or engaged at work, you procrastinate more. You miss deadlines. You stop caring about doing good work. As a result, you grow bored, complacent. Possibly even resentful.
If you find yourself feeling unmotivated or uninspired at work, begin looking for a new job.
5. You don’t see a future with the company.
Career growth and professional development are important to most people.
Hardworking, driven employees inevitably reach a point in their career where they’ve learned all they can in a specific role. When that happens it’s time to pause and take stock of what’s next and what’s best for you and your career.
If you’re no longer learning or the career road map doesn’t seem like a fit for you, you owe it to yourself to find a job that offers more (or better-suited) growth opportunities.
Do any of these signs resonate with you? Whether they do or they don’t, the fact that you’re researching “signs it’s time to quit your job” might be the biggest sign that you are in need of something new.
But here’s the good news: You’re in a great position to look for a new job, because you’re still employed!
You have more time to think about what you want your next career to be. More time to think about what you are looking for in a new work environment, or in an employer. You also have more time to prepare and get a new opportunity lined up.
You’re in control.
How TERRA Can Help You
If you are considering leaving your job, contact TERRA. We’d love to discuss what’s next for you and can help connect you to some great companies currently hiring in your area.