For most people, it’s important to have a job for financial reasons, as we all have bills to pay and things to buy. However, there are times when you have to say goodbye to your current job in order to find a better one. Or perhaps you are so stressed from the long hours that you know the time has come to resign — sometimes, the money just isn’t worth the stress.
You also might find that while you enjoy your job, you need more time to spend with family, or you want to travel and enjoy more leisure time. As important as having a job is, and as difficult as it can be to quit, there are certain signs that indicate it is the time to leave your job. Here are five signs that it might be time for a change.
1. The stress is making you sick
Most jobs involve a little stress: it’s an unofficial part of almost any job description. However, if your job is so stressful that you are repeatedly lying awake in bed at night worrying, or your body is showing signs of the stress, you may want to reconsider your current job choice.
According to MedicineNet, early signs of job stress include headache, sleep disturbance, and difficulty concentrating; there are many other indicators as well. These symptoms can also arise from other causes, but you should be particularly careful if the symptoms appear when you are feeling serious job-related stress.
Some studies suggest that job stress can also increase your chance of getting cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, psychological disorders, and workplace injuries.
2. Your job is in jeopardy
If you have been performing poorly at work and you have been written up or warned several times, your job may be in jeopardy. Feeling like you will lose your job soon is a good indicator that it’s time to quit. You will usually be in a better position to find a new job if you quit your old one instead of being fired. If your company is in trouble and you believe that layoffs are on the way, you also should start looking for another job, but you might not need to quit immediately.
One important question to consider is whether you need to find a new job before you quit yours. According to CareerCast, you first need to determine if you are financially and mentally prepared to weather the job search without a current job to fall back on.
3. You’re ready to try something new
If you feel like you are in a dead-end job and you are getting bored, you may be considering quitting your job. If you feel that you have reached your top potential at your current company and there is no way to move forward (either your company doesn’t have openings, or you feel you have learned as much as you can), that is a strong sign that you need to move on.
However, in this situation, you should probably wait until you have a new job before you quit. As frustrating as it can be to be bored or feel like you are not being challenged, those are not good reasons to flat-out quit without securing something else first.
4. You’re miserable
You may be miserable for one of several reasons: perhaps you hate the work itself, and you loathe going in each day. Maybe your boss is impossible to work with and you are constantly trying to avoid running into him or her. Or maybe you can’t stand your coworkers and there’s just no way you can successfully work with them.
If you hate going into work each day and every minute on the clock feels like an hour, you may need to quit as soon as possible. It would be ideal to have another job secured first, but depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to risk being unemployed for a few months if you are truly miserable.
5. You need a different schedule
Sometimes schedules need to change. It often becomes more difficult to work long hours once you have a family, if you develop health problems, or if you need to take care of someone who has health problems. Perhaps you suddenly you want to spend more time with your family, or you want to travel, or you have some other reason for needing new hours. Some bosses are willing to work with their employees to make a different schedule work, so be sure to ask your boss before you quit. If you can’t work out a different schedule, you may need to resign.
According to Quintessential Careers, if you must resign, you can do it with grace. Even if you hate your boss, you should try to be as respectful and professional as possible. Be sure to give enough notice, complete all assignments, and offer to help find a replacement if it seems appropriate. A letter of resignation can also help.