7 Signs to Know When to Leave a Job

by McKenzie Chapman   Ulticareer  | Advice  | Opportunity  | New perspective  | Career decision  | Choose happiness  | 


1.   You start feeling the Monday blues on Sunday—and they continue throughout the week.

Do you have a deep dread of going to work? So much so that the negativity is beginning to leak into other aspects of your life? When you think, “I hate my job,” you need to consider why. If it’s not something you can change, then you should consider leaving. If you wake up miserable every morning because you need to go to work, it’s time to look for something else.

2.   You dislike your boss.

It’s natural to have a few differing opinions with your boss. However, if you feel disrespected or you feel like you disrespect some of their decisions, this may go beyond clashing personalities and straight to conflicting morals. A difference in opinions can be useful to a job, and small disagreements can be worked out. But if you feel like your boss is asking you to do things that make you feel bad and disregard your feelings, then it’s time to leave.

3.   You feel overqualified and undervalued.
Are you being heard? Are your ideas being taken seriously? Do you feel like your skills are being put to good use? Take some time to really reflect on these questions, if the answer is no, then it’s probably time to search for a position better suited to your experience and potential. If you don’t make a change soon, you could find yourself in the position of number 4…

4.   You find yourself becoming resentful and bitter.

If you’re so unhappy with your job that you’re starting to let it affect your work performance, you need to quit. Don’t let one bad job change your work ethic and your reputation. You should be in a job that motivates you to do your best and try your hardest.


5.   There’s no opportunity for growth.

When you’re stuck in a position that has no ladder to climb, it can be difficult to retain your motivation and positivity. Life is about learning and growing, and if your job can’t offer you that, then it’s time to look for your next opportunity.

6.   You’re anxious and stressed at work.
If your job is affecting your mental and physical health, this will also negatively affect your personal relationships. Inevitably, stress will not stay at the office. There isn’t an on-and-off switch for anxiety. So if your job is making you anxious, it can haunt you even when you’re off the clock. If you don’t have time or energy to take care of yourself by exercising, spending time with family, and relaxing, a job isn’t worth jeopardizing your health and relationships.

7.   You feel like your work is pointless.
You’re not passionate about the company and the position. You should be at a job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference. There will be mundane aspects to any job, but if you can’t find any spark in your day-to-day work, then you should search for something else.



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