Job Got You Down? It Might Be Time to Go

August 13, 2012  |  

The decision to leave your job is a tremendous one. If you’ve worked for a company for even a couple of years, you’ve developed an intimate knowledge about the company, gotten to know your co-workers and accrued a nice chunk of vacation time. Ugh. That would be hard to give up.

But sometimes, the cons really do outweigh the pros of sticking with a job. The Daily Muse has laid out six reasons why it might be time for you to call it quits. Literally.

Right at the top of the list is being underpaid. You have a job to make a living and if that’s not happening, then you need to be elsewhere. (A side gig will help too.) Also on the list, being undervalued, not getting the resources you need to do a good job, and simply outgrowing the position.

Given the economic recession, we want to call special attention to number three: “The Ship is Sinking.” If you work for a public company, which is required to file a quarterly earnings report, your company may give you a heads up when this information is available. Do yourself a favor and read those press releases. These documents give you hard numbers about the company’s revenue, its vision, and its plans for the future. Unlike a company pep rally where the message is always “everything is great,” here is where you get the real deal. If you don’t get these documents sent to your inbox, you can easily find it online.

If you work for a private company, you probably won’t receive a regular notice about the state of the company’s affairs, but alert. Are people leaving the company without being replaced? Are you noticing cutbacks all over the place? Are business plans being put on hold? These are indications that things are either in flux or heading downhill. If the business is doing well, a company leader will crow about it. When times are tough, it’s more likely they’ll go silent.

And speaking of the future, that’s another critical theme of this list. Besides your level of happiness now, which should be a consideration, you should be thinking of how your job is preparing you for the future whether that future is with this company or the next. Your job should be giving you as much as you’re giving it. If it’s not, then it’s time to take your talents elsewhere.

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