How You Know When it’s Time to Leave Your Job

March 5th, 2014

It’s never an easy decision to make, especially if you’ve been in your current job for quite a few years and it’s become ‘easy’ and ‘comfortable’ to just remain where you are and not rattle the apple cart. But perhaps you start to notice certain signs where it becomes more than just a niggle that you are not happy where you are and the realization hits you that it’s better for you to just make the move. Below I’ve outlined what is in my personal opinion to be tell tale signs that you may need to consider to move on.

1. You dread the day ahead the moment your alarm sounds. I’m not suggesting that the moment your alarm sounds you leap out of bed at the thought of getting ready for work (although it would be nice if we all had a job that made us do that or at the very least aim for that). But there’s nothing worse than the realization hitting you the moment you open your eyes in the morning that you have to somehow drag yourself out of bed to get ready for your day ahead. Feeling like this can’t be healthy. This also relates to my next point.

2. You’re having trouble sleeping. Enough said!

3. Your job is making you physically sick. I can certainly relate to this one. Many years ago I worked at a place that I really didn’t like. It wasn’t the actual job, it was the people I worked with and being quite young and naive I suppose I didn’t really know how to deal with it. Anyway, the moment I parked my car at work I would start to feel ill, as I would start to walk from my car to the building it got worse and worse to the point that I’d be literally doubled over in pain by the time I walked in. I would then somehow drag myself to the bathroom and just sit there taking deep breaths waiting for the pain to subside. This happened Every. Single. Day. that I worked there which was about 6 months. Finally I made the decision to resign (before I even found another job) and left. Miraculously, the very second I did that, the pains stopped. Touch wood, I have never had that pain again. It’s amazing how your body tells you that things are not right, I certainly got the message loud and clear.

4. You spend the day surfing the net. AKA procrastination. This is another straightforward one where you’d rather be doing everything else possible but your actual job. The problem is that eventually you’ll be caught out when your managers realize that your productivity has dropped, so best to nip it in the bud. It is better to leave when on the front foot and not because you’ve been given a warning (or 3)

5. You’re secretly checking out Seek.com. Why would you be looking at other jobs if you’re happy where you are? A no brainer really and like point 4 above, best to do this when not at work.

6. You’ve lost your Mojo. You don’t want to be in a situation where your lack of desire for your current job changes or affects who you are. Often, being in the wrong job can be soul destroying which can then lead to negative consequences as it may affect your mood and relationships and cause unwanted amounts of stress. When you get to this point it’s time to re-assess your position and it wouldn’t hurt to seek the help of a professional in doing so.



I hope the above points added some insight when deciding whether or not to take the leap to a different job.


What experiences can you add to the list? I would love to hear your thoughts on what the tell tale signs are when it’s time to leave your job. Please post them in the comments below.


Till next time



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