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How Do I Know When It's Time To Leave My Job?

Quitting your job can be a scary prospect.

What if the grass isn't greener?

What if I can't find another job?

Am I willing to give up this job security?

Even with these concerns, sometimes you just need to take the leap and move on.

The real question is, when?

5 Tell-Tale Signs That It's Time to Leave Your Job

1) You've Outgrown Your Role

If you find yourself coasting and not learning anything new, it's a sign that you've outgrown your role. When you're no longer being challenged, it can really start to feel like the only thing you're getting out of your job is a paycheck.

The right job should challenge you in ways that help you grow and develop new skills. If you're missing that from your current role, and there's no chance for advancement, it might be time to look for something new.

2) You Simply Don't Care About Your Work Anymore

If your work no longer feels important to you, or if it doesn't align with your values, it can be tough to stay motivated. If you dread going to work every day, or if you're constantly counting down the hours until the end of your shift, your job is no longer fulfilling you. You could simply be due for a vacation or a boost of creative inspiration, or it could be time to consider a new job that ignites your passion again.

3) Your Health is Suffering

Our bodies will often let us know if something is wrong, and if your job is making you physically sick, it's time to take a step back and reassess. Stress manifests itself in many ways, from physical symptoms like headaches and stomach problems to mental health issues like anxiety and depression. If your job is negatively impacting your physical or mental health, it's time to start looking for a new position.

4) You're Not Getting Paid What You're Worth

If you feel like you're being underpaid or taken advantage of, it can make going to work every day feel like a chore. Feeling undervalued at your job can also lead to a host of other issues, like anxiety, depression, and resentment. If you're not being paid what you're worth and an appropriate raise isn't a possibility, it's time to start looking for a new position — one that values your time, experience, and the fantastic work you bring to the table.

5) You're Actively Searching For Signs That It’s Time to Leave

Spoiler alert - if you're reading this list, it sounds like you're looking for a reason to leave. And that's OK! If you're unhappy in your current position, there's nothing wrong with wanting to move on. Trust your gut, and if it's telling you it's time for a change, go for it! Life's too short to be stuck in a job that doesn't make you happy.

You Don’t Need to Do It Alone

Leaving a job is never easy, but sometimes, it's the best thing you can do for yourself. Luckily, you don't need to navigate this part of your career journey alone. A career coach (like me!) can help put you on the right path to leave your job and find a new fulfilling career that gets you excited about your work again.

Schedule a free consultation today, and let's chat about how I can help you take the next steps in your career!


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