9 Signs That It’s Time to Leave Your Job


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    Finding a new job isn’t easy, but if you’re miserable, you should try to find another one and leave the job you don’t like. Here are a few signs that you should leave your job behind and get one that better suits you.

    You’re Always Complaining

    Ever met someone who does nothing but complain about their job? This person whines constantly, whether to you or on social media, about the woes of their job, and you always think, “Why not get a new job?”

    Well, if this person describes you, then you might want to get a new job. Even in your dream job, there are going to be times when you’re upset and will vent, but if you’re doing nothing but complaining, then it’s time to say goodbye.

    You Can’t Sleep

    A job shouldn’t ruin your sleep schedule. If anything, you should be sleeping enough to give everything you have to your job. You shouldn’t have barely any hours to sleep because of your job, nor should you have trouble going to sleep because you worry too much about what’s going to happen at your job tomorrow.

    Sleep is important, and a third of Americans don’t get enough. This can mess up your performance, which can be disastrous. If you’re certain that your lack of sleep is due to a job and not other factors, maybe it’s time to get another one.

    You Don’t Get Along With Your Boss (Or Anyone for that Matter)

    If you work a traditional job, you’re going to be surrounded by many people, and you may not have anything in common with them. You’re never going to have a beer with your coworker, and you’re not going to be hanging with your boss outside the job. But you should at least have an amicable relationship with them.

    If your coworkers don’t like you, they’re going to try to undermine you and annoy the living daylights out of you, and if your boss doesn’t find you to be likable, you’re never going to go anywhere with that job. They might even look for any excuse to fire you. Getting along and working together is key, and if that’s not going to happen, time to look for a new job.

    You Find Yourself Searching for Other Jobs

    There are hundreds of ways to look for jobs. There’s LinkedIn, Indeed, local sites, industry-specific job boards, and more. If you find yourself looking at these constantly or thinking about going to a career fair, that’s your mind’s way of telling you it’s time for another job.

    Of course, if you think you need another job, you should be doing this, but that’s a topic for another article.

    You Didn’t Get That Promotion

    You deserve to be paid fairly for your work. If you’re being underpaid, you need to ask your boss for a raise or a promotion. Evaluate yourself, compare your salary to other jobs, and if you feel like you’re being paid too little, ask your boss for a raise.

    If you do it civilly, and they don’t want to give you a raise, you may want to get a new job. Your boss may even give you that raise if they see you negotiating with other companies for a job. That is, if your boss truly values you as an employee.

    You Don’t Feel Challenged

    One reason why people quit jobs is the repetitiveness. Doing the same thing every day can get boring, and if you’re someone who likes variety, and needs way to grow as a person, your job should reflect that. If your job is making you do the same menial tasks every day, and doesn’t want to offer anything new, then search elsewhere.

    Everyone Else is Doing it

    Look, following the majority is not always a good thing, but there are cases when it is. For example, if everyone in your company seems to be leaving your job voluntarily, then they may know something you don’t.

    Talk to someone who is planning on leaving, and they’ll give you their case. You may realize that your job isn’t good, and you should try looking elsewhere.

    You Feel it In Your Gut

    Gut feelings aren’t always right, but if you feel like you need a new job, sometimes it’s best to look for one. Obviously, you need to think about it and not do it on a whim, but if you’re constantly thinking, “Man, I need a new job,” then you may want to leave.

    And Finally, Your Reasons to Stay Aren’t Good

    If your only reason for staying at your job is “Well, it pays the bills,” then you have no excuses. Your job should be fun, challenging, pay fairly, and not be a constant source of stress.

    You shouldn’t quit your job without any backup, but you shouldn’t stay at a job you don’t like. Don’t let your job be the biggest regret of your life. Get out there and look for another path.

    About the Author: Susan Ranford is an expert on job market trends, business management, and hiring. She is the Community Outreach Coordinator for New York Jobs. In her writing and blogging, she seeks to shed light on issues related to employment, business, and finance to help others understand different industries and find the right job fit for them.

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