It’s great to have a job, mostly because it gives you financial security. And this is exactly why a lot of people choose to do a lot of jobs they would rather not be doing – because it gives them good money. Or at least, enough money to live off it. However, there are some of you who aren’t satisfied with the job you have, and you want to move forward. However, the biggest question that plagues these people is – when it is time to leave a job?
When to Leave a Job
You’ve stopped learning
One of the most fun parts about any and every job is the fact that you get to learn new things. How to do your job, how to deal with people, how to present yourself, etc. – these are all things that employees, especially first timers, are always excited about. If, however, you’ve been doing your job for years now and you’ve learnt whatever it is that you have to learn, and now you’re just stuck in a rut. Even if you’re not learning anything, the least you should be doing is improving upon your existing skills. And if that’s also not happening, it’s time to leave.
There’s no professional growth
I mean, if you’re gonna be stuck in your cubicle for the next 10 years because this is as good a position as you’ll ever be professionally, then it’s definitely time to leave. Until and unless this is exactly what you’re looking for.
You haven’t been promoted
Or at least, not in a long, long time. I mean, if it’s taking your boss this long to promote you, chances are she didn't want to promote you in the first place, or she changed her mind. Either way, the first thing you need to do is to talk to your boss about it. And if that doesn’t go in your favor or doesn’t happen at all, then you don't need me to tell you when to leave a job.
You get lots of emails from headhunters
See, the thing is if you’re getting an unnecessarily high number of emails for job openings from the industry you’re working in, then that means, lots of companies are looking for new recruits (duh). And the best part is that they’re from your industry and if you tank at 5 interviews, hey, there are 50 more job openings for ya! The odds are in your favor!
The stress is too much for you
See, the thing is that there is only so much stress your mind and body can handle, you know. And keep in mind that the stress doesn’t have to necessarily come from your job itself – it could very easily be the environment you’re working in. Maybe your boss is a sexist asshole, maybe your group project partner is deliberately trying to ruin things for you, maybe there’s friction among coworkers… In the end, you have to decide what’s more important for you – the money that you’re getting, or your emotional or physical health.
Your friends can see how miserable you are
The best time for when to leave a job is when even the people who surround you are able to see just how fucking unhappy you are with your job. People, seriously? What’s more important than your health and happiness?
It’s affecting your personal life
You’ve become too overworked or stressed that these emotions have started overflowing in your personal life. You’ve become impatient and easily frustrated with your loved ones and this might have even strained some very good relationships of yours… And this is not the type of person you were before you got this job.
You don’t get feedback
If there’s zero or generic feedback, it means your work is generic too. You can easily be replaced with someone else because you’re just that mediocre. And when you’re that mediocre, there’s no way you’re climbing up the professional ladder. But this is not a matter of life or death, so don’t just leave your job just because of it, you know. Before making a decision, take all things into consideration.
There is regular office restructuring
Now this could be on an employee level or managerial level. Either way, it shows that the organization is fickle, has no clear vision or strategy, or has severe leadership issues. Think about it – if employees are regularly being fired and hired, how long do you think it is before your number is up? Plus, it’s difficult to focus in such a constantly evolving environment. It’s the answer to when to leave a job.
You’re being paid less than your colleague
People, seriously? Why would you even be at a job that doesn’t pay you your worth? I mean, if you’re shit at your job, then you deserve the poor pay but if you’re as good as your colleague (if not better), then there’s zero reason for you to be paid less. Talk to your manager about this and if it seems as if things aren’t gonna change, then it’s time to look for a new and hopefully better job.