6 Reasons To Quit Your Current Job


People may say you’re lucky to be employed in these tough economic times, but perhaps they just don’t know what you’re going through. Here are six reasons to hit the ground running and never look back:

  1. Your company is going down.
  2. Have you nervously increased your work capacity at the threat of being let go? Loyalty is a wonderful quality, but too much of a good thing isn’t. If you’re watching the ship sink, rather than pick up a violin and wait for the water to drown you out, it would be wiser to grab a life jacket and swim to shore. If it’s after Halloween and there are still little R.I.P plaques placed over the empty desks once occupied by qualified workers, now would be a good time to start looking for a new job.

  3. You’re unhappy.
  4. This sounds simple, but it’s an often overlooked reason to make a change. Do you know any unhappy older people who never tire of complaining about work? Create a picture of the future you want, and strive for it. If your visits to the therapist and the medicine cabinet have increased dramatically since your most recent career venture, that could be a sign that it’s time to rethink your path. For more on workplace depression, click here.

  5. You’re not being treated with respect.
  6. If you feel that your work relationships are damaged, there are unjust office politics, and a union is involved but they don’t do much to help your cause, these are all hints that you’re being treated unfairly. If your boss locks you in the closet or dangles dollars from the ceiling, it’s time to let yourself go. Click here for tips on how to handle a workplace bully.

  7. You will never be promoted.
  8. This is a sad truth at some companies. At one of my first salon jobs, I was met with promises of the perks of a real career: my own workstation, lots of clients, more money than I could imagine… they practically promised me Kim Kardashian’s butt. Did I get any of those things? Not a one. Instead, I spent most of my days wiping down stations, washing hair, and avoiding my creepy boss at all costs. Happily, I moved on to a different job.

  9. You don’t get paid enough.
  10. When I worked in retail, one of my supervisors found herself in hot water for lying to employees about the starting wage. It seemed that she paid more to whomever she liked better. If your boss laughs every time you mention a raise, you should mentally raise one of your favorite fingers and hit the road. Sometimes it’s best to change companies if you want to make more money or get ahead.

  11. You work too hard for someone else.
  12. You should never become burnt out by a job. I’m going to sound a bit cliche now, but tomorrow is never promised. Would you want to wake up one day to realize you’ve worked yourself to the old people’s home and missed out on opportunities to do the things you enjoy? Take inventory of your passions and see if you can profit from that amount of hard work. If so, consider becoming your own boss. You’ll never have to fight about your salary again.
    If you aren’t yet ready to waltz away from the workplace, click here for six tips to appear more confident.
    What are your workplace horror stories? Did you feel triumphant after walking away from a bad job? Share below.

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8 Comments

  1. Oleg
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Good tips. Definitely apply to a lot of people in this job market where most employers don’t want to give raises, give promotions, and treat you with disrespect.

  2. Posted April 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    i found this very interesting all points made here make too much sense and are things i will take into consideration in m,y own life at work!

  3. Mary
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I think it is very hard to stay in a job where you feel disrespected. That would be
    a deal breaker for me. The stress involved
    does affect your health. I would have to address this issue with my boss. If it couldn’t be resolved, I would be looking elsewhere.

  4. John
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    All of the above happened to me,but I felt I had a responsibility to my customers whom I got to know over the forty years I worked for the company. So I just stuck it out till I could retire, but I still miss the customers I treated as friends.

  5. joe
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    It would be great to know if once someone quits a job if they would then be able to get unemployment benefits until they find another job.

  6. Sara Kosmyna
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    Great comments! I love the feedback. Keep it coming :)

    Oleg and Rob, I’m glad these tips resonated with you and you can use them in the future.

    Mary, it’s great to hear that you’re no pushover. All too often, people put their self-worth aside and accept behavior they shouldn’t

    John, I think it takes an exceptionally strong person to stick it out for 40 years. I hope you’re enjoying your retirement.

    Joe brings up a good point. It is important to know that once you officially quit a job, you will most likely lose the ability to draw unemployment benefits, so it’s a good idea to start saving up before you call it quits.

    Thank you, everyone!

  7. Vic
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, the current economic climate discourages people from switching jobs. I guess the negatives of the current job must be weighed against the difficulty in finding a new one.

  8. Kurt
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    i agree with the reasons in particular not getting paid enough which is why i applied at a couple places already for a second job. im not getting enough hours at my current job and i want to work at the most 3-4 days a week plus my internship so hoping that works out for me. it’s very hard to keep the same job if you aren’t being treated with respect or if u are unhappy with the people and surroundings with your job.

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