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When Is It Time to Leave a Job

October 20, 2017

As soon as you start to consider leaving a job, it can be helpful to talk to your manager, especially if you have a good relationship with them. Before this conversation, think about what you want from your career. If you are looking to advance your career, talk to them about opportunities available to you. If you feel bored with your job, talk to them about additional responsibilities you could take on. This conversation should help you sort out your options, and as Monica, a hiring expert from Emerson says,“ once you have clear information that is directly related to your position and goals within the organization and an understanding of the possibilities for advancement within it, it will become easier to make a decision to stay or go.” 1


Still having difficulty deciding whether or not to leave a position? It may be helpful to take inventory of your thoughts. Sit down and think about why you are considering leaving and what it would take for your current job to convince you to stay. Do you no longer feel challenged in your role, or have you stopped feeling fulfilled by your work? James, a hiring expert from Broadridge, suggestion writing these things down. “Listing out the pros and cons of not only the job, but the company, will help you better determine if the role is a fit. What is the career growth like? Do you believe in the company culture? Is this role financially fitting for where you are in your career? Writing down the pros and cons really help you determine if it is time to leave a role or company.” 2 If, at the end of this exercise, the cons outweigh the pros, it may be time to start looking for other opportunities.


If you do decide to leave, it may be tempting to quit immediately. Even if you are in the financial position to leave one job before securing another, it is not recommended. Tom, a hiring expert from VF Corporation, explains that “it is generally better, from an employer's view, for you to stay employed as opposed to quitting and then looking for a job. If it becomes unbearable for you and you need to quit before you land something else, do it, but just be ready to explain why you did.” 3


Deciding to leave is not an easy decision, but sometimes it is necessary to seek out new opportunities in order to advance your career and continue your personal and professional growth. When considering what you want in your next position, reflect on what you enjoyed in your current job and what it was lacking that drove you to leave. This can help ensure that you are more satisfied in your next job and not in the same position a year later.

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