No job is perfect. Maybe you don’t get along with your colleagues. Maybe you’re sick of financial modeling and endless spreadsheets. Everyone has thought about quitting on a bad day. But how do you know when it’s time to pull the trigger?
Quitting is easier said than done. You need to line up a new job, make sure you don’t burn any bridges and get the timing right. However, if you catch yourself questioning your job on a daily basis then it’s probably worth it. The following phrases are the four tell-tale signs it’s time to quit your job and find a new one.
“It will get better.”
Not to burst your bubble, but it probably won’t get better. It’s natural to have a few bad days at work. It’s when this becomes a consistent comment that the chance of things improving is slim. Unless it relates to a project or deal with a set end-date, you should consider other options.
“In my next job…”
Daydreaming about your next job is a pretty good indicator that it’s time to leave your current role. Whatever follows that phrase means you’re not being fulfilled in that area of your career. Whether it’s “In my next job I’ll be able to learn more” or “In my next job I’ll work with people I like”, it’s time to stop picturing your next job and start moving towards it.
Your boss comes over and drops a new project on your desk and the first thing you think is, why? Why should I do this? Why does it matter? If you keep asking yourself “why?”, you’ve not only lost the value of your work but you’re also losing respect for your colleagues. Second guessing everything should not be second nature. If it is, you need to get going.
“I can’t wait to quit.”
We don’t have to tell you that it’s time to quit your job if this has become your new mantra over the last few months. Making the leap from thought to action can be difficult. Create a step-by-step plan of attack to avoid being overwhelmed. Update your resume and start browsing job postings to see what’s out there. You’ll be applying and interviewing for new roles before you know it.
Quitting your job is a big decision. Before you quit, think out the consequences and list out what you’re looking for in a new job. You don’t want these phrases to start popping up in your new role. Otherwise, you’ll be back to the drawing board.