I’m here to help you answer this question: should you quit your job? For many of us, quitting is hard. It can feel like we’re giving up, letting people down, or entering into a world of uncertainty. Here’s what I want you to acknowledge: if you’re currently employed and you clicked on this article, you may be closer to taking the plunge than you thought.
If this sounds like you, I’ve worked with hundreds of clients who are in the same position as you are. They want to move on to another opportunity but they’re not 100% sure it’s time to quit.
To coach you through this major decision, here are my top 5 powerful signs that you should quit your job:
1. You feel like you don’t fit in with your company’s culture.
Never underestimate the impact that your environment can have on your performance and state of mind. For example, if you’re in a highly competitive sales department and you’re feeling burned out, stressed, or like you just can’t put up with the pressure, the reason may be that you just don’t fit in with the culture your company has developed. When you’re considering your next opportunity, know that you may thrive in a more collaborative organization where peer-to-peer competition isn’t as rigorously promoted.
2. Instead of being excited, you’re feeling like you’re stagnating.
I want you to know something very important: it is possible to love your job. It’s possible to go into work nearly everyday feeling excited about what you’re doing. But, for many of us, this just doesn’t happen. Why? Because it’s very difficult to find a role and organization that clicks with our personalities. If you feel like you’re stagnating, it might be time to quit your job while you still can. Take a serious look at what parts of your current role you don’t like and try to create a picture of what your fulfilling role might look like.
3. You aren’t being challenged to grow and learn.
A truly great company invests in its people. It pushes them to develop themselves personally and professionally because, in the long run, this new talent they gain will be leveraged within the organization. This is why if you feel like you’re being given the same tasks day in and day out, it might be time to quit your job and see what else is out there for you.
4. You and your boss aren’t compatible.
Whether this is because you don’t agree with their management style or you just don’t click with them as a person, your relationship with your boss is so important to creating a fulfilling work experience. You should never have to dread talking to your Manager, and you don’t have to. If you find that you can no longer handle your boss, it might be time to seek out new opportunities.
5. You’re no longer fulfilled by what you do.
This is the most important point of this entire article. If you think you may quit your job, ask yourself this question: are you really happy in your current role? Do you think you could tough it out for a few more months and then get promoted on to bigger and better things? Is this a stepping stone that will take you closer to your vision for your future? Answering no to any one of these questions is very telling. Acknowledge this if it happened and seriously ask yourself: what’s next for me?
If you want to quit your job, here’s a bit of parting advice: don’t do it right away. Be strategic about your timing here. The average job search takes about six months to complete, so leaving your current role on a whim isn’t a smart move. Do some research about the types of positions and companies that interest you, set up a job search plan, and start networking before you take the plunge.
Are you thinking about quitting your job? Still uncertain? Post your thoughts in the comments section!