There is rarely an ideal time to quit your job. Donna Fuscaldo, writing for HCareers.com, notes that “while burning a bridge is always a ‘no no’ and leaving without a plan ‘B’ isn’t ideal,” there are some good reasons to consider quitting your current job. She offers some specific reasons:
Reason 1: Dread — We’ve all been there at one time or another. That feeling of dread Sunday night because Monday means the start of a new work week at a job you can’t stand. Your dread may be sparked by an annoying boss, catty coworkers, unchallenging work or lack of career advancement, but regardless way, if you hate your job enough to dread going there it is time to look for another one.
Reason 2: You are underpaid — Whether it’s people getting promoted ahead of you or coworkers making more than you but doing less, if you feel you are grossly underpaid it could drive you to quit. Knowing you are underpaid wears you down.
Reason 3: You’re on a sinking ship — If the writing is on the wall and there’s a good chance the company you are working for is going to go under, it pays to quit early rather than later. If sales cycles start to stretch out or accounts receivable are piling up or there are other warning signs, you may want to head for the door.
Reason 4: The relationship with the boss has soured — Nothing is worse than working for a boss who doesn’t like you for whatever reason and there’s nothing you can do to change that. If the relationship is beyond repair and it could end up hurting your reputation and thus your career. You can either try to move laterally or cut your losses and find a new job, says Garfinkle.
Reason 5: You’re failing — Whether you are underperforming or blowing the job altogether, hanging on until you are fired is the wrong move to make. If you know you’ve let your boss or coworkers down time and time again or you realize you aren’t cut out for the job, start looking while you’re employed and move on to the next job.
Reason 6: You’re bored — Going to a job eight hours a day five days a week that is boring can have a major impact on your mental state. If you are unchallenged in your job and there’s no way to take on more responsibilities, start looking for a new job, experts say.
Reason 7: Quality of life — Be it a long commute, you’re starting a family and don’t want to work 80 hours a week, or the workplace stress is negatively impacting your health, quality of life issues are a major reason people quit their job. When you took the job it may have been ok to drive two hours each way to work every day or to work until 10:00 p.m. every night, but if your needs and wants change, then your job might have to.