9 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job

Making the choice to leave a job is one of the hardest decisions in anyone’s career.

Part of us believes that if we’ve put so much effort into something, then giving up on it isn’t an option.

Other times, we feel anxious about the uncertainty that comes with trying to find a new job.

We might even doubt that we deserve better, or could get something better, and we start to think that the devil we know is better than the one we don’t.

We’re not saying the grass is always greener, but it’s also important to know when you’ve run out of grass and need to move on!

So today we’re going to talk about 9 of the biggest signs that you might need to move on and quit your job!

1. It isn’t rewarding

We don’t just mean the salary or benefits aren’t up to snuff. We’re asking you to ask yourself if you truly enjoy what you do!

Every job has pros and cons. But if the cons outweigh the pros, that’s where you run into trouble.

Not only will you feel unenthusiastic about going to work, but your performance will reflect that lack of enthusiasm.

So stop and consider if there’s any aspect of your job that you really love.

2. It’s too stressful

The amount of work at most businesses ebbs and flows. Sometimes you’ll find yourself without a minute to spare, while other times you might just be sitting around waiting for the next task.

But if overall you feel like you never have enough time to relax, or really step away from work, then you’re at risk of burning out.

Stress has a significant negative impact on your mental health. It’s important to find a job where the workload is manageable, and allows you enough time and space to keep your spirits up.

3. You can’t agree with your boss

In a perfect world, everyone would get along. But in our world, some personalities just don’t mesh.

If you find yourself in a job where you struggle to respect the decisions and management style of your boss, then maybe it’s time to find your way out.

Always look for a solution first, such as discussing your preferred management style with them, or talking to their superiors if the problem is more serious. But also know that you deserve respect at work, and if you can’t find it here then you can find it somewhere else.

4. You experience discrimination

Some of the signs we discuss in this article are red flags, but this one is a red fire alarm on full blast.

You should never have to subject yourself to wrongful discrimination at work, or anywhere for that matter. Whether it’s because of your race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or otherwise — you deserve the same respect as the next employee.

In some cases, you may even consider talking to a lawyer about pressing charges for your mistreatment. But at the very least, walk away and distance yourself from the disrespect.

5. There’s a glass ceiling

If the company doesn’t make room for advancement, then you don’t have to make room for them in your life.

Consider if you are happy at the level you’ve reached. Some folks are perfectly okay with a stable job, and don’t want the changes that come with advancing your career.

If you want more, though, and you can’t get it at your current employer, then a lateral move could help you get back to climbing up the ladder.

6. It doesn’t pay you what you need

They say that one secret to happiness is to never spend more than you earn. Even if you only save a penny a year, you’ll be happier than if you spend one more penny than you made.

If you’re feeling that your paycheck is always stretched too tight, then take stock of what amount of money you really need to live comfortably.

Start by making a budget for current and future expenses (such as retirement), and don’t forget to include frivolous things that help you stay happy. Video games, movies, vacations — be honest about what you expect out of life. Then compare that to your income.

If they don’t match, then your job might not be the right match for you.

7. Big life changes

Big events in our life — having a kid, moving into a new home, health issues, etc. — can drastically change our priorities.

And if your current job can’t accommodate the life changes, then maybe it’s time to change up your job.

8. There’s no job security

Jobs can cause us lots of stress, but it’s even worse when you’re stressing about keeping the job itself!

Startups and small businesses can ask for a lot of faith from their employees. But the fact is more than half of new businesses go under within 5 years.

If you’re taking a chance on your employer, be sure to look for signs that confirm the business is steady. Otherwise, it could be time to look elsewhere for work.

9. You have a plan

If you’ve already been thinking about leaving, and have invested time into securing a good future, then it’s probably time to do it.

We don’t recommend jumping ship as a spur of the moment decision. You should always exit your job safely and responsibly.

That means prospecting your next employer, submitting your resignation with notice, and discussing your decision with your supervisor.

Protect yourself, and plan ahead. If you’re already at that point, then you’ve probably already made the decision — so act on it professionally!


Transitioning your career can be a daunting task.

That’s why META is here to Make Employment Transitions Attainable!

If you’re thinking of making a career change, you can get 1-on-1 counseling for free to help explore your options, and learn how to quit your job without quitting your career!

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