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When is it Time to Quit Your Job

Quitting your job is a big decision.  Some people wait too long to take that step and stay in a situation that makes them unhappy.  Whereas other people quit their jobs at the drop of a hat, making themselves look like they can't commit.  The best approach is somewhere in the middle.  You have to be willing to ride it out when things get tough at work but you also have to recognize when it's time to move on.  Here are some good reasons to quit your job:  

It's too stressful.  Some stress at work is normal but if you are always walking around completely stressed, it is not good for your emotional or physical health.  Some of the physical symptoms of stress include difficulty sleeping, headaches, upset stomach, and low energy.  Some industries, companies and jobs are a lot more stressful than others.  If stress at work is becoming a problem for you, it might be time for you to move on. 

Your career is not progressing.  In today's job market, many people change roles every three to five years.  If you have been in the same position for a long time, doing the exact same job, potential employers may come to the conclusion that your career has stagnated.  In some jobs, the responsibilities of the job may grow with your skills, but if you haven't learned anything new for a while, then it might be time for you to make a move. 

You can't get excited about it anymore.  You've checked out.  You are going through the motions, but nothing about your job makes you even remotely excited.  This alone is a good enough reason to get a new job; life is too short to be punching a clock. 

You are uncomfortable about something that is happening.  There is something happening at work that doesn't sit well with you.  It could be the way that you or somebody else is being treated, or perhaps you have been asked to do something that you perceive is unethical.  If you feel that your manager is pushing your ethical boundaries, then it is unlikely that you will ever be truly happy in this job.  You would probably be better off finding a company that is more aligned with your values.  

Your job is not secure.  There are a variety of reasons that you could end up losing your job: Your manager may not be happy with your performance; your position may be eliminated; or your company could even close down.  If you get the feeling that your job could suddenly disappear, then it makes sense that you would want to look for something a little more secure.

You are the CEO of your own career.  Ultimately, you have to make the decision that is right for you.  When in doubt, listen to what your gut is telling you; it will usually point you in the right direction. 

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