5 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job
You haven't learned anything new in more than six months.
"Doing the same job day after day without learning new skills is a sign you are headed to burnout," Lowisz says. "If you have approached your boss and expressed your desire to take on greater challenges, learn new roles and contribute more to the organization only to be stonewalled with excuses like 'We don't cross-train here' or 'Thanks for the interest, we'll see' for more than six months, it might be time to look at options."
Lowisz stresses that the best option to explore is often a change in supervisor. If there are other managers at the company you admire, working with them may be better for your career than changing jobs. If that's not an option, it's OK to walk away.
You have somewhere to go.No matter how desperate you may be for a new opportunity, experts agree you should never leave a job unless you have another lined up. "Don't quit your job without another in hand," says Frank Dadah, principal account manager and general manager of the accounting and finance contracts division at WinterWyman. "It's very tempting to quit when you hate your job, but given the still uncertain job market, that way of thinking could lead to unemployment. If you decide to stay with your employer while looking for another opportunity, don't let your work product slip even a little. It's hard to motivate yourself day in and day out with the thought of a new job dancing in your head, but do whatever you have to do to make sure you are as productive as ever." Even if you're certain you're ready to change jobs, make one final checklist of pros and cons before walking away from a steady paycheck, Lowisz says. "Choosing to leave a position should never been made in haste or out of situational anger. I have seen many employees get ticked off and resign their position, only to end up in a worse employment situation. Some of these professionals have even returned to their previous employer after realizing the grass was in fact not greener on the other side."
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