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  • Writer's picturePaul W Abernathy, CMECP®

When is the right time to quit your job?

It's a question we've all asked ourselves at one point or another: when is the right time to quit your job? It's not an easy question to answer, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The decision to leave a job is a personal one, and there are a number of factors to consider before making the decision. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to decide if it's time to move on from your current job.

1. Are You Happy?

It's easier said than done, but happiness comes first. If you aren't happy in your current job, it's time to think about why that is and how you can change it. Is your boss an unreasonable jerk? Are you underpaid, overworked, and unappreciated? Is the commute unbearable? If so, don't waste another day in a job that is making you miserable. Happiness is way too important to put off until after retirement.

2. Are You Growing? Whether it's a new career path or a promotion, your job should be providing you with some sort of personal growth. If it isn't, consider the reasons why and if that growth is something you can achieve elsewhere.

3. Are You Investing in Your Future? If your job isn't going to help you achieve your future dreams and goals, then it might be time to get a new one. While saving for retirement is important, so is saving for other goals like buying a house or starting a business.

Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and just quit in order to find happiness on the other side.

Now, the next task is to inform your boss that you are quitting, which can be one of the most awkward and uncomfortable conversations you can have with your boss, you must inform them that you are quitting your job. Here are a few ways to do this.

1. Have an Exit Plan In Order To relieve some of the pressure, have an exit plan and follow through with it. Having a plan for what you are going to do when you leave your job is important because it will free you from any stress. You will be able to focus on what is most important- your exit strategy.

2. Write a Letter of Resignation When you have an exit plan, it is important to write a letter of resignation. This letter should include your return date and any information your employer may need to contact you.

3. Give a Two-Week Notice Many companies require that you give one or two weeks' notice before leaving your job. If this is the case, it is important to give them at least two weeks' notice. This will allow for a smooth transition and less of a chance of having to deal with last-minute issues.

In conclusion, quitting your job can be stressful but sometimes necessary. Be sure to weigh your options and make the best decision for you. If you do decide to quit, do so with respect and grace. Keep in mind that your former employer is a potential future reference. Finally, don't forget to update your resume and LinkedIn profile.

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