When Should You Quit Your Job?

Posted by | June 21, 2015 | Career Guides

Each of us has faced the question of “should we quit our job” at one time or another in our working life. If you’re even considering this, it probably deserves some further investigation. Quitting your job should never be taken lightly so you need to ask yourself some questions and put the answers down on paper. That way you can set it aside and come back to it and review to see if you feel the same.

Discussing whether you should quit a job with friends and family may not be the best decision for you. Most of them would have ulterior motives for their opinions. Think this through on your own first and make your choice before letting them know. And yes, maybe they will have some good feedback but the ultimate decision is yours. Obviously there are so many things to consider prior to making the leap. You may not have the luxury of quitting a job without first having another in place.

Here are the 5 questions to ask yourself before quitting your job:

  1. Why are you considering leaving your current job? Is it something that will pass or has this come up before. Is it an ongoing issue?
  2. Are you stuck in your current job? Maybe you have stopped advancing in your career and the only way to move forward is by changing or quitting your current position.
  3. Are you worried about layoffs or getting fired? If you know that big changes are going to occur and you may end up getting fired or laid off you should consider the benefit of quitting. Stick it out if you are expecting a layoff. That way you can file for unemployment. If you’re think you will be fired it may behoove you to quit first and avoid the black mark on your career.
  4. Do you have a plan? Have you been looking for other careers or jobs that you’re interested in? Know what your next step is going to be. Will you start your own business? Plan this out before you quit so you can quickly transition to the next phase.
  5. Do you hate getting up in the morning knowing you have to go into work? This is a biggie. Life is too short to spend most of your waking hours doing something you hate. This is a big red flag and signals that it’s time for your new career planning immediately.

There are likely more questions to consider before you should quit your current job but these will get you started. This is a life-changing event and should be treated as such. I don’t know many people who¬†have made this decision and regretted it but I do know quite a few people who have regretted not doing it.

I took the plunge and started my own online business. While it’s had its ups and downs I get up every morning excited to see what the day will bring. It suits me perfectly because I get to live and work exactly where I want and when I want. I can promote and sell products and services that I believe in and feel passionate about. What could be better than this?

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10 Responses to “When Should You Quit Your Job?”

  1. Comment made by Gracia Amor TheBlogger on Jul 6th 2015 at 8:35 pm: Reply

    This post is very helpful especially with an OFW like me. Informative and very detailed indeed. I have 2 out of 5 not bad. LOL. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Comment made by Franc Ramon on Jul 5th 2015 at 11:37 pm: Reply

    I guess it’s important to asses on why you are looking for a job. It can even get you better when you are more focused on your goal.

  3. Comment made by Fred on Jul 5th 2015 at 5:02 pm: Reply

    That is why — it is best to be your own boss. You set the rules you are ready to live with and follow.

  4. Comment made by Chef Jay on Jul 5th 2015 at 11:16 am: Reply

    That’s very much true. Everyone should find a personal passion that will make them want to go to work every morning, not dread it. It’s a question posed to everyone, but at the same time we should be realistic since we do have responsibilities.

    Make sure the plan is solid and you won’t put your family at risk.

  5. Comment made by Nicole on Jul 5th 2015 at 11:11 am: Reply

    This post is very informative and helpful. Thanks for sharing! I would definitely remember these when I already had a job! :)

  6. Comment made by Nilyn Matugas on Jul 4th 2015 at 11:19 pm: Reply

    There are times that going to work is really difficult and I’d just want to quit but right there and then, I’d remind myself that this job is the reason I am alive so I have to keep going. :D

  7. Comment made by Melissa on Jul 3rd 2015 at 9:05 pm: Reply

    I don’t have a job yet. I’m still a student but I will keep this in mind when I get a job. Will definitely keep this bookmarked. Thanks for the tips and I hope your online business goes well! Cheers!

  8. Comment made by May De Jesus-Palacpac on Jul 3rd 2015 at 2:07 pm: Reply

    I just did the same thing! It’s a little scary considering the stability of the income I was receiving from the job I just left (which was an online job, too, btw). But I really think it was time to go.

    • Comment made by HiringVenue.com on Jul 3rd 2015 at 3:02 pm: Reply

      Your right May, but sometimes we need to gamble in order to grow and be more successful in life. We can’t be stagnant.

  9. Comment made by Yvonne on Jun 26th 2015 at 1:41 pm: Reply

    These questions are guidelines and reference to be able to understand your need to resign. Its important that you get to know your real reason so you could prepare both mentaly and physically.

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