12 Signs It’s Time to Quit your Job

“Hello real world!” These words are the most common and exciting things we tell ourselves after reaching the finish line of studying. We were so excited finding our first job to receive our first pay check and buy presents for ourselves or for our parents from our first fruit of labor. Awesome feeling, really awesome.

But as time goes by, our work routine is starting to make us feel so small from the word STRESS that we get to notice we’re already spending too much time at work than enjoying life outside of it. YOLO guys! You only live once.

However, choosing to leave a job is never easy. Either we feel it’s impossible to find something better, or we worry that if we leave, we’ll end up in a worse position than we’re in now. We need to know that we’re making the right choice. So here are a dozen of signs (atleast on my list) it’s time to leave your job.

 1. You are unhappy

I’m not saying that you should be 101% happy everyday at work, of course rough days are normal and unavoidable. But if you are waking up in the morning too drained to go to work and if you are already asking yourself “Do I really have to go to work?”, more often than not, start looking for a better employment opportunities somewhere else. Being unhappy at work can give you so much stress that may affect your relationship with your family, friends, loved ones, your health or even your own goals.

2. Your health is at risk.

I used to believe in the saying “Health is wealth” and still believe on it up until now. I mean, what’s the sense of being rich if you’re going to end up in a hospital or your own grave? The reason why most business people have health insurances is because they want to make sure that they are not sacrificing their health too much in exchange of the money that they are earning. It’s a backup and a strategy to make sure that their earnings and savings will not just go to the hospital bills. Remember that “No job is worth your health“, in fact nothing is!

3. Your personal life is suffering.

If you work too many hours and late nights, or you’re stressed and miserable when you come home and you don’t feel like a person anymore, leave your job and find one that allows you to have time for yourself. What’s the point of making a living if you don’t have time to actually live? You’ve lost your “spark” that instead of looking forward to your day, your only focus is surviving it. Wake up! That’s not good.

4. You’ve lost your passion.

Even if you like the company, your boss, and your co-workers, it’s not worth the effort if you hate your job. Passion is a necessary ingredient for success. If you’re unenthusiastic or even indifferent about the work you do, it’s time to reassess your career. Like what Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

5. You feel like an outcast.

Does it seem like you’re always the last one to hear about what’s going on at work? If you’re left out of meetings, rarely get face time with upper management, and have never even heard of the big project everyone else is so excited about, that could mean that your bosses just see you as a body filling a desk, rather than as a valuable contributor. That’s bad news for your career and may mean it’s time to leave. If you don’t fit in with how your company operates, or don’t believe in what you’re doing and it makes you uncomfortable, it’s time to move on.

6. Your workmates are leaving one at a time.

There’s a constant exodus. If find yourself going to a colleague’s despidida party too frequently and everyone around you seems to be constantly updating their resumes and LinkedIn profiles, or when you start noticing a pattern of disgruntled employees (especially the good ones) seeking exits and frequent departures, this usually indicates there are better places to work – and you probably have options. No, I’m not encouraging anyone to blindly follow the herd, but take it as a warning sign, and ask your departing pals why they chose to move on. Their responses may be applicable to your situation as well.

7. You feel stuck.

Simple, there’s no room for advancement. It’s easy to get stuck in a job. If you love what you’re doing, getting stuck can be comfortable. However, it’s important to remember that every job should enhance your skills, and add to your value as an employee. If you’re not learning anything new, and are just puttering around doing the same old thing while people around you get promotions and plum assignments – it’s time to look elsewhere.

8. Your skills are not being used to its full potential.

If the management doesn’t acknowledge that you have more to offer than what you’ve been contributing for a significant amount of time, or if you’ve been passed over for promotion, or attempts to take on more challenging assignments but they have failed to use your skills to its full potential, it’s a sign use it somewhere else where your skills will be used, acknowledged, and enhanced.

You might also be overqualified for your position, meaning you have a lot of skills that the company doesn’t tap, and you start to feel restless. If you can’t get a promotion at your current company that will better make use of your skills, start researching for a position at another company where you can perform your best.

9. Your job duties have changed or increased, but the pay hasn’t.

A promotion may sound good but it could also mean you have a larger responsibility to comply. If your salary hasn’t changed, that’s a big NO NO! Unless you’re contented from just hearing your name with the designation as the “Assistant Supervisor blah blah” of your department even without an increase in your salary.

However, we’d all like jobs that pay six digits a month, but unfortunately, that’s just not the case. Nevertheless, you should be getting the pay that you deserve. If you think you’re underpaid, do some research on your market value and negotiate a raise with your current job while also looking for another position with a higher offer. If the economy and business are both doing well and you’ve been exceeding your targets but you don’t see any raises at your current company in sight, look for a company that will value you more.

10. You know more than your boss.

It’s frustrating to work for someone you believe to be less skilled or knowledgeable than you are, but the real issue is deeper than that. If you can’t trust your company’s leadership to make good decisions and steer the ship in the right direction, you’ll be living in a constant state of anxiety. And, if you’re right that your bosses don’t know what they’re doing, you could find yourself out of a job when the company goes under.

11. Your terrible boss needs some exorcism.

A college professor once told us in class, “Don’t choose a job, choose a boss.” then I came across with the popular phrase of William Raduchel “Don’t pick a job. Pick a Boss. Your first boss is the biggest factor in your career success. A boss who doesn’t trust you won’t give you opportunities to grow.”

While bosses come and go, sometimes it’s best to just wait a bad boss out. But that’s not always the right move especially if you have a bad boss who’s well-liked by the upper management. In addition to making you miserable every day, a two-faced manager who’s loved by the higher ups can wreak havoc on your career by taking credit for your work, bad-mouthing you to others, and blaming you for things that go wrong. Don’t be a martyr, run away from that bad boss and scream. WAAAHHHH!!

12. You have a better job offer.

This is probably the best reason to quit your job. If you get a job offer that pays better, has more reasonable hours, is more stable, lets you have a good work/life balance, or basically addresses issues you may have with your current job, you should quit and take the offer.

Ideally, before you scream ‘I QUIT!’ and storm out the door in a blaze of glory, you’ve already lined up a new job. But before things get to that point, make sure that you’ve tried to solve all the issues above internally at your company, even as you still work there.

Beyond these warning signs, don’t ignore what your gut is telling you. No one knows your work environment better than you do. And if you get the sense that you might be better off somewhere else, heed that inner voice and go exploring. I’m not naive – I know leaving your job is one of the hardest decisions to make, but you know what’s scarier than leaving your job? STAYING.



  • I think that leaving a job is a huge deal and it becomes bigger when the industry you’re in is saturated. You have really good points but once in a while it’s hard to gauge how your immediate supervisor/boss will turn out to be. 🙁 I love my job but if I had a choice, I’d have my previous boss and not the current one I have.

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