The Right and Wrong Times to Leave Your Job
We all have bad days at work. It goes without saying. If you have been thinking it is time to leave your job, please stop and think.
Stop Googling how to quit your job now. You will end up with many search results giving you a false reason to leave your job while others profit. Think about whether it is the right or wrong time to leave your job.
Here’s how you can tell the difference.
Right time: You are on the edge of nervous breakdown
Wrong time: You feel like you just need to change
It is the right time to leave your job if the stress of it has gotten so bad that it affects your mental health. The job sounded great and motivated you, at first. But then you find one day the job is so stressful it is taking a physical and mental toll on you. Don’t put your health at risk. It’s not worth it.
It is the wrong time to quit if you feel like you just need a change. You can be bored that day for some reason or maybe you just need to take on new tasks at work. Stay paid as you discover the reason for wanting to leave your job. You can get paid while making the change. Interviewing costs money. You will need it.
Right time: The long-term results are proven to be negative
Wrong time: The short term job is not what you expected
The right time is if you have been with a company long enough and can prove the game does not end well for you. That does take some learning and understanding of the job to see if it is aligned with your career goals. If you know it is not, then that is your reason to leave your job.
The wrong time to leave your job is when you find out your job involves things you did not expect. There may be some short term frustrations on the job. No one knows everything about a job before they accept it. You have to give yourself time to discover if what you did not expect is actually better for your career.
Right time: You have done all you can do for a company
Wrong time: There is still more to be done, but you don’t feel ready
The right time to leave your job is when you feel you are at the red carpet treatment stage of your job. There is nothing more to do, but smile and look pretty. You are no longer being challenged. You have set your company up for success and a new challenge is calling.
The wrong time to leave your job is when you are being challenged, but you do not feel ready. How do you know you are not ready? Working through challenges is one of the most self-rewarding experiences in life. Stick the job out and do what you can, but do not quit and be seen as someone who walks away from challenges.
Right time: You have been saving up money and networking
Wrong time: You want to wing it because you hate your job
The right time to leave is after you have done preparation for the downtime that comes with looking for work. Your networking and savings will give you the momentum to find new work quickly.
The wrong time to quit your job is when you are thinking that all will be ok if you just wing it. The big difference between the two is, you either have a plan or you don’t. People who wing it quit without a plan, then go on job interviews and come across as desperate. Unfortunately, desperate people rarely get hired, or in your case, saved from your bad idea to wing it.
Ultimately, at some point in your career, you will have a reason for leaving your job. Making sure your timing is right will leave you with a career of positive business relationships and stress-free career.