Should you quite your job? 5 signs you should leave
Breathe. Now, read the headline again without that look of pure horror.
Yes, we are fully aware of the recruitment-shrivelled, destitute prune of an economy we currently reside beneath, but no, we didn’t just suggest something life shattering.
Well – Should you leave your job?
Find yourself scouring job sites like a child in a toy shop?
Not looking for a new job of course, just out of interest… (Stop kidding yourself)
Do you feel like throwing a stapler at your boss’s head regularly? (Please don’t do that)
Does your work make you want to scream in a) boredom b) frustration or c) terror?
Do you find yourself dreading Monday morning to the point of feigning a death or at least a broken ankle?
Are you constantly staring gloomily at your bank account balance – or rather, your 15th overdraft?
Hmmm. If you’ve nodded vigorously to these points, you may want to sit down, and read the rest of this article, to determine whether you should do the right thing and find another job.
The Grass is Greener
Oh, you can listen to the lads in the pub brag endlessly on about their company car, expensive lunches and fat pay package, but remember – a lot of people aren’t going to tell you if they’re having a hard time.
It’s easy to feel you have the worst position in the world, and anything else would be better, but remember that everything has its down side – your job might look amazing to others.
And there’s no point of leaving one wasps nest for another, so think about it before leaping into a new job that could be just as bad as your last.
You are searching job sites
If you find yourself absently uploading your CV to Job sites, don’t kid yourself. You are secretly hoping that your dream job will jump in your lap while you site idly, and miserably, in your current position.
It might just well do, but if you must make the serious decision to leave, then do so the right way.
You are not enjoying your work
This is the biggie. The make or break factor. That little inkling of satisfaction at the end of your working day in knowing you’ve made a difference somewhere to someone – be it a fire rescue or a board meeting – is important.
No matter how big or small your job may seem it’s important to feel proud and enthusiastic about what you do. Alarm bells should ring if you discover yourself showing the following symptoms:
– That cheese sandwich is much more important then your 2 o’clock meeting
– You find your mind idly wandering to your dry cleaning every 5 minutes
– Your sweet temperament has transformed into a ball of cursing stress
– You need valium to get through your week
Any of these signs of boredom, stress, lack of enthusiasm etc. is a clear sign you should get out of there. Why don’t you do something you’re passionate about? Do something that make you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Or at least hold your attention for more then 5 minutes…
You can’t interact socially
Ok, quite possibly of a much lesser degree of importance, but still, if extreme enough, can really make you miserable in your job.
Everyone can have their bad days, but if you notice that your company consists of people who are on a completely different wave length from you, you should question – are you in the right place?
Make sure you find the one that’s right for you
So – you’ve decided to take the plunge and escape to greener pastures.
But how do you find a job that does suit your needs?
Make sure you CV is searchable by the right employers. That way, you will never miss an opportunity that arises for the perfect position.
You can also create a Job Agent, which will basically email all the relevant jobs straight to your inbox.