Three Signs That It’s Time to Leave Your Job

We had a big departure at our firm recently. An enrolled agent that had been with the company for 10 years and was integral in the firm’s success decided it was time to move on. While I could tell he wasn’t happy with some of the changes happening at the firm, him leaving still came as a shock to me because of his position and tenure. He also seems to be taking on a lot of risk by leaving a comfortable job with good pay for a less established company with only the prospect of making more money.

In talking with him about his departure, it made sense to me why he was ready. I also know other people that are struggling with the decision to leave or stay at their current job. Leaving your job affects you financially and emotionally. It’s a decision that you should give careful thought, rather than do spur of the moment.  If you are currently debating whether to stay or leave, here are three signs it’s probably time to move on.

You’re Unhappy

I know this seems like the most obvious reason, but I want to emphasize that unhappiness should be more than just a momentary feeling. Everyone is unhappy at some point in his or her job – maybe you had bad meeting with a client, a coworker says something you think is rude, or you feel underappreciated by your boss.  You’ll find these moments at some point with any job.

But if you’re continually unhappy and everyday feels more and more like a chore, then it’s probably time to go.  You shouldn’t accept the stress of doing a job that you don’t like just because “it pays the bills.” It’s also all the more reason to have your finances in order so you’re not dependent on that income or position to keep you afloat.

You’re Not Growing

You should continually grow and learn new skills at your job. Yes, you will have to develop an expertise in the things you were hired to do, but there should always be a new challenge that enhances your skill set and can further your career.

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and don’t have the ability to pick up new skills that help you advance, then it’s time to move on. Keep in mind that if you like you’re current company, approaching your boss or supervisor for new opportunities should be your first step.

You’re Afraid of Change

Despite knowing that you’re unhappy and you’re not growing, you may still be in your current position because you’re afraid of the change and disruption leaving will bring to your life. There’s no doubt that the grass may not be greener in a new position. You can’t really get a feel for a company or position through a short interview.  

However, there’s also a chance that the new position will change you in ways you never thought possible. You should never allow your fear to keep you from achieving the success you deserve.  And even if it doesn’t work out the first time, you should keep trying until you find what you want.

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my former coworker. Best of luck in your new adventures.