CHANGING CAREERS / AUG. 10, 2016
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13 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job Right Now

When do you know it is time to change your job? Is there a timeframe for that? Or do you do it when you feel ready? These signs can help you find out.

Does your job drain all your energy? Are you experiencing job burnout? Is your work-life balance suffering because of your job? The job demands and the stress are starting to take their toll, and now you dread going to work. Not only that but work has become monotonous and dull, which only leads to one possible solution: it may be time to move on.

To see if this is the case, we have a checklist of reasons it might be time to quit your job.

1. You Find Reasons to Call in Sick

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If you catch yourself coming up with any excuse not to go to work, then it means the game is over. Calling in sick often may be a sign that this job isn’t a good fit for you anymore, so it’s time to stop coming up with ridiculous excuses to stay home. Do yourself and your boss a favour and start looking for another job.

2. You Have No Interest in Your Work

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You used to love your work and would wake up excited to go to the office. But over time this has changed and now it seems that your job has become dull and uninteresting. Perhaps it’s you that changed and you decided that this isn’t the job for you and a career change may be all that you need. Whatever the reason, you don’t want to work for the same company doing the same things anymore, and it’s time to move on.

3. You Are No Longer Learning

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You have learnt everything there is to know about the job. But this is not true progression. When the whole process at work comes naturally to you, it might mean that you have become good at it, but it may also indicate that you aren’t learning anything new. When your skills aren’t being put to good use or aren’t improving, and the work becomes more of a routine rather fun, it’s time to move on.

4. You Feel Unappreciated

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When you feel that you are giving your best but not getting enough credit for it, this might even make you hate your job. As research confirms, your boss is the number one factor that determines your workplace happiness. If your boss doesn’t recognise your efforts and your ideas are being ignored, then this lack of appreciation leaves you with no choice but to quit your current job in search for another.

5. You Don’t Want to Get up in the Morning

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You know it’s time to leave your job if you wake up every day, and you don’t want to go to the office. If you keep snoozing your alarm clock, it isn’t a good sign because it means that you wake up dreading the day. If there is a specific reason why you don’t want to go to work, it might be better to address this with your manager. If you find that you can do nothing about it, you may need to consider quitting your job.

6. You Are Stressing Too Much About It

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If your job is stressing you out so much that it messes with your health, perhaps it’s time to change job. Stress leads to body aches, anxiety attacks and possibly depression and may go as far as causing serious illnesses. When and if it ever gets to that point, you have to think about whether your job is worth more than your wellbeing. If there is nothing you can do to reduce the workload and the stress that comes with it, you need to move on.

7. You Don’t Fit in With the Company Culture

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Company priorities change and so do the people who work with you. As such, you may no longer feel part of the group and to a larger extent the company that you represent. At this point, you may have realised that this isn’t the right employer for you and you can no longer help the team the way you used to and vice versa. Cultural fit is an important factor to think about, and if your ethics and values don’t match with the kind of work you are doing, you won’t be happy, and you won’t make your boss happy.

8. You Are Bored at Your Work

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You check the time every two minutes, and you can’t wait to leave the office. But this isn’t what work is supposed to be. Think about what you really want out of your job and see if you can work it out with your boss. Perhaps you need something more challenging like a bigger workload or variety in your job. There is nothing wrong with asking for what you want and if you can do this, it may be a lifesaver.

9. You Are Not Getting a Raise

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If you have been working for the same employer for five years and haven’t gotten a raise yet, this is a big red flag that says something’s up. The company could be trying to save money, or simply taking advantage of you. Either way, you shouldn’t stay in a job where you feel you don’t earn as much as you deserve. If this is happening, explore other options at companies that are more likely to pay you more for the same amount of work you are doing – or if possible for something better.

10. You Are Sick and Can’t Get Better

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Your body feels the pressure from your job, and you wonder why you keep getting sick. Getting sick all the time may be a sign that tells you there is something you need to do to to get out of the situation you have found yourself in and make a change. If this is something that happens to you, take the time to think about what you need at this point in your life.

11. You Go in Late and Leave Early

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Going in late and leaving early is a sign that you no longer enjoy your work. But if you don’t enjoy your work, is there a reason to stay in it? Being punctual is an element that shows you are a responsible employee, and if you can’t obey to these rules, perhaps you need a job that gives you more freedom or is more flexible in terms of working hours.

12. You Get Sad and Tired on Sunday

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Again, this shows that you are dreading the next working week. If you are happy on Saturday but you get melancholic on Sunday as the next week approaches, you need to do something about it. Under normal circumstances, you should be happy that Monday is back because this gives you the chance to try harder, to do things better and try again. 

13. You Have No Time For Yourself

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Everything is about work and instead of living your life, you are constantly anxious about work. Your work-life balance is suffering because you can’t get a minute of rest and can’t seem to find real time for yourself. Even when you are on holiday, you're thinking about work, but this is not a productive way to live.

If you feel that there is nothing left for you in your current job, then it means that it’s time to go. These signs can tell you when you should leave your current job and start looking for another. Do you see any of these happening in your day-to-day life? Let me know in the comments section below…

See Also: How to Write an Effective Resignation Letter

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