Wondering Whether to Quit Your Job? 12 Signs You Should Resign and Move On

rilind-elezaj.jpg  Career specialist at Animas Coaching.

   WWS contributor


Sometimes the signs are all there that quitting your job is the right thing to do.


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Walking away from something that you have invested your time and resources in is not an easy decision to make, and it should not be made lightly—be it from a toxic relationship or from an unsatisfying job. 

Human beings get emotionally attached to anything they get accustomed to, even when it is no longer exciting, helpful, or serving them well. This is why you may need a little push, a little motivation to leave when you absolutely should do that in order to grow, improve, and do better in life.

If something in you or around you is telling you to move on but you may be reluctant to follow your gut, stop second-guessing yourself. Your time to move on could be now!

Here are 12 signs that your time in your current job is up and that you should quit and move on to better things:


1. You hate your job


Do you feel sad every time your alarm rings in the morning? Do you bang your head on the car steering out of frustrations every time you enter your car from the office?

That could mean that you dislike your job.

Start strategizing on your departure. Create a soft landing for yourself and then once you are convinced that everything will be fine after you quit, go ahead and hand in your resignation letter.


2. Your current job is making you unhealthy


If your sick days are becoming too frequent of late, maybe your job is becoming unhealthy for you. Maybe your job requires you to sit in a desk for long hours and now you fear that you are becoming more vulnerable to diabetes or obesity.

Or maybe you work for too long that you don’t even have time to exercise, eat healthily, or sleep sufficiently. It is not wise to sacrifice your wellness at the altar of a monthly salary.


3. You are getting too comfortable


In one context, being comfortable is good for your confidence and self-esteem. It is usually a sign that you’ve become an authority figure in your current role.

In a different context, it could mean that your career has stagnated and your ambitions to advance your career are long gone. Being uncomfortable is the key ingredient of career growth.


4. You feel like the return for your work doesn’t match your effort, input


Maybe you are being challenged sufficiently at work and your career is growing as you’d want it to, but are you being appropriately compensated for the work you do?

Yes, it is great to be the CEO or CFO, but if you are making less money than you deserve, it is better to leave for greener pastures.

Remember that your job titles won’t help you during retirement, but a good salary will.



5. Your employer’s future financial stability is uncertain


Are there any indications that your company is struggling financially? Maybe there are too many lay-offs these days or the company isn’t paying salaries and other overhead bills on time.

Leave before everything comes crumbling down. You don’t want to be caught up in the company’s financial mess.


6. Your workplace is becoming too toxic and difficult to work in


You like your job so much, but you feel like your boss is sabotaging your career. You feel like the office equipment, the resources you are given, and the roles assigned to you are making your working environment unpleasant.


7. You are overqualified for your current role


Maybe you took that job because you needed something to help you get by, but you know that it falls way under your qualifications.

You now feel like your skills are being underutilized and the job isn’t fulfilling anymore. You feel your talents are being wasted here.

That is a sign that you are tired of “getting by” and you are now ready for a real professional challenge.


8. There isn’t any clear path for career growth


Earning a regular paycheck is okay, but it isn’t the sole reason why we work. If you have realized that your job gives you nothing more than a paycheck, maybe it is in your best interests that you move on to a job that allows you to expand your skillset and grow professionally.

Don’t agree to be pigeon-holed in a stagnant role.


9. You have discovered a new talent


Maybe you have discovered your hidden talents and you now want to pursue and work on them.

You could be a great singer, gym trainer, or a life coach, but your current job doesn’t allow you enough time to grow those talents.

Perhaps you now learned what life coaching is, and why you are feeling the urge to train as a coach. Be bold and follow your dreams.


10. You are struggling to find your work-life balance


You cannot find your work-life balance if you have to work so many late nights or wake up too early. You feel like you are “making a living” but you aren’t living.

What you need is a job that allows you time to live- time to be with family and friends.


11. Your family is relocating


This is a no-brainer. If you value your family, you will want to move with them if at all the move is in their best interest.

Maybe you want your kid to study in the best school but your current zone doesn’t have such schools, or maybe your spouse got a life-changing opportunity that requires him/her to relocate.

You should start strategizing on how to quit.


12. Better job offers are coming your way


If a better job has presented itself, that’s your green light. Quit and move on. Just make sure it is indeed a better job in the most important ways to you than your current job.

Rilind Elezaj is a devoted career specialist who trained at Animas Coaching. He helps people make career choices that feel genuinely right for them. Rilind usually helps the individual evaluate their background, curiosities, passions and training so that they can choose a job, business or type of further education that helps them be successful and fulfilled.