Changing jobs is simply a part of life. Doing so can mean leaving for greater pay, attempting to get a position that will allow you to develop your skills, use new technologies, etc., or it may be necessitated by having to re-locate when your spouse gets a job elsewhere, etc.
CNN tells us that by 2016, people are now changing jobs 4 times by the age of 32. This doesn’t mean changing careers or industry, but jobs. Here are some ways to know when to quit your job.
1. You Dread Going to Work Each Morning
While work is work, if you are not wanting to go in each day, that means you’re not being challenged, your work isn’t fulfilling, or your supervisors and co-workers aren’t creating an environment in which you feel comfortable.
2. You Have a Connection
Say a friend of yours is able to set you up with an interview for a position when none has been posted. Say you’ve been able to socially interact with a hiring manager or CEO of a company. Assuming this job is generally a good fit for you, you should take it. Don’t be picky and wait for something better—having a personal connection like this doesn’t come along very often, so waiting may mean waiving “goodbye” to a golden opportunity.
3. Your Current Job Isn’t Teaching You Enough
The 2016 Global Human Capital Trends report tells us that employees expect continued learning—of new skills and ideas—from employers. This is extremely important for a variety of reasons. Not only do we all benefit from growing and improving, but those who don’t do so will be left behind by the job market.
Your current job is failing you if it isn’t keeping you to the current state of the industry.
4. Opportunities for Advancement Arise
If you can make a move to a new position, one that gives opportunities for advancement, it is probably time to quit your job. We all want to increase our pay over time, and one of the best ways to do this is to move up the ladder of a particular organization. If your present job doesn’t offer opportunities for advancement, apply for jobs that do, then leave only after getting one.
5. Quit Your Job When It Has Given You What You Need
People quit their jobs for various reasons, not always to transition right into a new job. Some people choose a lifestyle of working part-time, earning some income passively or through piecemeal work, etc. If you’ve saved up enough money to do these things, you’re ready for a change.
These guidelines should give you a clear sense of when it’s time to leave your job.