You no longer enjoy your work. You are stressed all the time. You don’t fit in anymore. You feel like there’s no more room to grow. Recognize the signs? They all suggest that your job isn’t as satisfying as it once was. While quitting is never easy, it can sometimes lead to new, exciting opportunities.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the percentage of people who decided to leave their jobs voluntarily reached 1,8 in November 2013 – the highest it’s been since the recession ended. This means that people are slowly becoming more optimistic about their prospects of landing a better job. As the economy becomes more stable, they are more inclined to leave a job that no longer satisfies them and follow their dreams.
However, change isn’t easy for certain individuals. Whether you’ve worked for the company for several years or only for a few months, you’ve probably developed a comfortable routine and befriended a couple of coworkers. Breaking your habits may be challenging, but think about the alternative: staying in an unfulfilling job just because you are too scared to move forward. Doesn’t that sound unbearable?
If you are still unsure about where you stand, here are 15 signs that it’s time to revamp your resume and hand in your resignation letter.
- You dread going to work
We all have our fair share of bad days. However, when you are finding it difficult to get out of bed and head to the office on a regular basis, you may have a problem. If you are miserable every morning, you should consider this a red flag.
- The company is sinking
If you’re company is going through a tough financial phase and is headed towards a dangerous direction, there’s no need to sink with it. Start looking for a new job at the first signs of trouble.
- You constantly complain about your job
If your friends or family members start to express worry about the fact that you always seem dissatisfied with your job, it’s time to reevaluate your career goals. We are often unaware of our issues until someone points them out; this may be your case as well.
- You simply don’t fit in
Even if your skill set is more than adequate to allow you to do your job well, you realize that you simply aren’t compatible with the organization as a whole. You don’t get along with your coworkers and don’t feel included; or, even worse, you are unable to develop a good relationship with your supervisor.
When the work environment feels uncomfortable despite your best efforts, it’s time to move on. After all, you spend a minimum of 40 hours per week at your job; if you are not enjoying yourself at least every now and then, it’s not worth it.
- You lack passion
You no longer feel passionate about your day-to-day tasks. This may cause you to become less productive and will likely affect your overall work performance.
- You are too stressed
A certain level of stress can motivate you to accomplish more at the workplace. However, when stress is starting to consume you, run. No amount of money or recognition is worth sacrificing your physical or mental health. Furthermore, stress can impact your personal and social relationships as well. And not in a good way.
- You go to work solely for the money
Money can be a powerful incentive, that’s true. But no one should work solely for the paycheck at the end of each week. You should strive to accomplish something and work towards reaching your career goals. Stop looking for immediate compensation; instead, ask yourself how you current position can help you achieve your dreams. If it can’t, resigning is a wise choice.
- You are bored all the time
When the job is getting too easy and you find yourself constantly being bored at the office, you are getting way too comfortable. If your tasks aren’t challenging you anymore and you there isn’t any room to grow, it’s time to explore other opportunities.
- There’s no possibility to advance
If you are stuck in a dead end position with no path to advancement forward, it might be time to head for the exit.
- Your job no longer aligns with your life goals
Let’s say that you’ve started working for the company a few years ago, when you were single and enthusiastic to devote long hours and weekends to professional growth. Since then, however, you’ve started a family and would love the opportunity to spend more quality time with them. Consequently, you feel like your workload is now too much to handle. If you don’t think that your current job is in harmony with your life goals anymore, review your career path and make a change.
- Your supervisors increased your responsibilities, but not your pay
If downsizing caused you to end up with more duties and a heavier workload, but your paycheck remained the same, it’s time to move on. Especially when the company seems to be doing well after downsizing, but supervisors refuse to reward your hard work with a salary bump or any other benefits.
- You are asked to do something unethical
Did your boss ask you to do something illegal or unethical? You are perfectly entitled to refuse. Instead, focus your efforts on finding another job, were you will feel more comfortable. The same goes if your values and the company’s are a mismatch. For example, let’s say that your employer is launching a product which is bad for the environment, while you are an avid environmentalist. You will most likely feel conflicted and distressed.
- Your voice isn’t heard
You feel like you coworkers and supervisors don’t value or even listen to your suggestions and ideas. You’re being edged out of projects, you never get important assignments, and your boss never seems to acknowledge your hard work. You feel ignored and useless.
Start by scheduling a meeting with your supervisor and sharing your concerns. If this doesn’t work, look for another professional opportunity.
- You don’t want your boss’s job
Ask yourself if you like what you see at the finish line. Is the answer no? Then get out of the race. If you don’t envy your boss or don’t see yourself doing what they do one day, there’s no reason to beat yourself up to take their place.
- You are abused
If you are a victim of bullying, sexual harassment, or verbal abuse, leave as soon as possible. No one should be subjected to such a despicable treatment, no matter how good the perks may be.
In the end, if you do decide to quit your current job, better make sure you have another one lined up. The economy may be recovering, but, depending on your specific skill set, it may take a while until you find the right fit. Reach out to contacts in your professional network to let them know that you are on the lookout for another job; ask them if they now about any openings and discreetly apply for positions.
Once you secure a new professional opportunity, it’s time to hand in your resignation. Nonetheless, remember the golden rule of never burning bridges: no matter how miserable you were at your job, it’s best to take the high road and leave on good terms. You never know when you will need a recommendation from your future-former employer.