We often all talk about quitting, throwing in the towel and pursuing our dreams! The thing is, almost no job is perfect and your current situation and mindset may not even be the job at all! At this time of year it could be post holiday blues, it could be you just need to make some job adjustments or something completely unrelated! Quitting may be the right thing to do but you have to think it through….
I don’t know if you have ever actually tried quitting a job but it’s harder than it seems on the surface. Even if you feel you have a valid reason the doubt starts to creep in and you start to think things like “Well, it isn’t that bad”, “It’s only temporary”, “What if a new job is just as bad?” etc etc. However there are circumstances where you have to rise above this and actually hand over that magic bit of paper that grants the freedom! Let’s take a look at some of those reasons and circumstances.
Tips On How To Know When To Quit A Job
My general advice would be to keep calm about this decision. A whirlwind in the moment resignation may not be the best thing and where possible you should always have another job lined up if you do quit. Of course some circumstances are bad and that just can’t be the way but be responsible with it all.
You really hate your boss - A relationship needs to be made between you and your boss. Going to work every day with resentment for the person who tells you what to do is a fast way to become bitter, worse at your job and ultimately resentful of yourself. If the relationship cannot be grown or fixed I would say it’s time to go.
Ethical clashes - The corporate lifestyle can cause a lot of ethical problems as can working in the service industry. If you can’t live with what you do misery will follow and you shouldn’t be living like that. Sadly plenty of others are around to do the work and you need to find something that makes you feel better about it.
You have a business planned and ready to start - In these circumstances you need to be very careful about a support system. You need to have at least a year of cash separate to the business capital and if possible don’t cut ties with your company, you may be begging for your job back if things don’t work out. Make sure the business plan is solid before you go. Ideally you want to try running the business in your spare time for some time before you quit. I worked my internet business in the evenings for about 6 months before I felt I was ready to give up employment and go it alone.
Your job is taking too much of your life – Life is no1 as far as I am concerned and if work is taking that away far too much and you are not spending any time with friends or loved ones then it may be time to move on and find something less demanding of your time. It could hamper your career for sure so be especially careful about such a decision.
The company is going down hill - If you are working for a company that isn’t doing well then it may be best to get out before things go really bad. It could really dog your CV and you may also end up in that terrible part of fighting for your money when they finally go bang. Often the top management go into self preservation mode and the normal employees get screwed. Of course if you believe in the company it may be worth you staying and helping with the recovery.
You want to re-educate – You may have decided you don’t want to pursue your career path and instead of getting stagnant it could be time to re-educate and get a new direction in life. I know people who have done this very successfully. You may be able to study part time and cut down working hours if you need a middle ground decision.
Your top reasons to quit a job?
What do you think is the best reason to throw in the towel? Do you agree with what I have suggested or am I being short sighted here? Why have you quit jobs in the past? We would love to hear from you with any comments or thoughts you have.
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