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How To Know When To Change Jobs

So recently I’ve been struggling with some decisions. You know how it is sometimes? You get into a job (or you’ve been there for years), everything’s going great and then the bomb drops. You get a new know-it-all boss, your job description changes significantly, everyone gets a raise except for you, whatever. You fill in the blank for yourself. At what point do you decide to throw in the towel and move on?

I’m a big fan of not letting your emotions control you leading you to decisions that you’ll regret. But there has to be a line somewhere. You can’t be miserable you’re whole life. Maybe I’m too loyal sometimes. At one job, I loathed everything about it for literally 6 months. Part of that was me not getting off of my lazy butt and agressivly hunting for a new job, but still, I was there for too long. Where does the line get drawn?

Consistently Manage Your Career

Here’s what I’ve found to be somewhat helpful: Never stop managing your career. No matter how happy you are at your job, always be on the lookout for your next position. I’ve heard that you should interview with companies year round (without your current employer knowing of course.) I’m not sure that I buy into that. If I were on the other side of the interview table, I’d think twice about hiring the guy that has had 5 jobs in the last 2 years. Job stability is important.

So we’re back to square one. How do you know when to change jobs? Well, here’s my two cence: If you’re consistently miserable at your job, it’s time to look for something else. I’m not talking about “I had a bad day! I quit!” I’m talking about “I’ve had a bad day, week and month! Now I quit!”

Step 1: See if there is anything you can do to change whatever it is that’s bothering you at your job. Communication can do wonders. If that doesn’t work proceed to step 2 below.

Step 2: This isn’t rocket science. If you hate your job find a new one!

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4 Responses to “How To Know When To Change Jobs”

  1. Phil J. says:

    I totally understand. I actually just changed jobs myself. I actually got so fed up from all of the crap that one day I walked into his office, set my resignation letter on his desk, walked out the door and never looked back! I loved it!

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  3. Rebecca says:

    I can relate to knowing when it is time to quit your job. I worked in accounting which is not my passion. I listened to a “well-meaning” family member. My dad suggested I “find a practical/stable job.” The problem was accounting was not my passion. Talk about being miserable! I am good in math but I love the arts! In high school, I always enjoyed art, English, music, history, and literature classes. After four years with a real estate development company, I left my accounting position. It felt like a weight was lifted off of me.

    I pursued a graphic design certification and landed a job. I decided to leave Ohio for Arizona. I am pursuing a writing career. I am grateful for the opportunity that I was given to reconnect with my love of writing! What’s next…who knows!

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  4. Rebecca – Good for you getting out of the job you hate and pursuing your passion!

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