Knowing when it's time to quit your job and find something better
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Everyone dreams of finding their dream job. When work is stressful, imagining what it'd be like to leave and walk into the ideal position is only natural. However, are these moments signs that it's time for you to hand in your resignation?
Here at KLC Recruitment we believe that it's important to know when your frustrations are simply temporary, and when they might mean it's time to quit your job.
Do you find it hard to drag yourself to work everyday?
1. You don't feel passionate about the work
While it's unlikely that you're going to wake up every morning ready to bounce out of bed to get to your job, you should feel enthusiastic about the work you do. Lacking any kind of passion for what you do, however, is an indicator that the role you're in isn't for you.
Consider the underlying purpose to your job. Does it call to you, or do you believe in what you're doing? If not, consider what would leave you feeling good everyday after work and see if you can bring this into your current role at all.
When bringing passion into a role isn't a possibility, you may find that you have more to contribute elsewhere. Being engaged in your job, and caring about the work you do, means you'll bring more to the table and feel more satisfied with how you spend each day.
2. The work environment is toxic
If your work's culture doesn't provide you with a positive office environment, you're not the only one more likely to leave due to it. Employees are 26 per cent more likely to leave when there's a low level of respect within the workplace, according to a report by Tinypulse based on a survey of 25,000 employees across the world in 2018.
Spending approximately 40 hours in an office every week is a decent chunk of your time. It's important to ensure that you're not passing it in a negative environment that's draining you of your passion for your work, or leaving you feeling depressed at the end of a working day. If the atmosphere is pessimistic, and bringing you down along with it, you might need to consider moving on.
A toxic workplace can negatively affect your mental health.
3. Your health is being affected
Long hours and stress add up. If you find yourself using up your stock of sick days, or are constantly feeling run down, you should look at your situation. Is work eating into your health?
Your job is meant to support your life, not the other way around. Health is non-negotiable. When work stops you sleeping properly, or prevents you from being able to take care of yourself by always running you ragged, it's necessary to examine your options. If you can't flip the table back into something that's healthy, then consider drafting up your resignation letter, touching up your resume, and finding something better.
4. It isn't furthering you and there's no room for advancement
A good company and boss should care about your advancement as much as you do. An organisation that provides progression has employees that are 20 per cent more likely to have employees that are still there a year later, according to the Tinypulse report. Additionally, 93 per cent of employees say they'd stay in a job if their company would invest in their careers, as shown by LinkedIn's 2018 Workforce Learning report.
Often, a decent rule of thumb to think over with your job is to consider whether you've still got something to learn. If a position has taught you all it can, and that is the end of the ladder for you within that company, it might be time to leave.
By showing you that they care about where you're going next, a company demonstrates how invested they are in you as an employee. If they don't offer you any chance to develop your skills or move up through the organisation, you could find that you're better off quitting your job and moving to a new company willing to offer you more opportunities.
Weighing up your opportunities is important to getting the most out of your career.
5. A better opportunity comes along
Occasionally it's not so much whether your current job is still right for you, as weighing up if a new opportunity is better.
When you're being head hunted, or if you spot a role that you consider your dream job, it's often wise to investigate further. Even if you love what you're doing, being aware of what else is out there and thinking about where it could lead you in the future, is important.
If you're loyal to your current company you can always discuss your options with them - you might find that they're able to match the salary or opportunities that the new job is offering.
Leaving a position is often a daunting prospect. However, when it's time to quit your job, KLC Recruitment can help you move on to your next role. We have extensive experience helping people find their dream jobs, and will help you navigate the tricky terrain.
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