Everybody who hates their job asks themselves ‘what the hell am I doing here?’ at least once a day, that’s normal. But what about those who actually love their job and the team they work with. Should those people consider quitting and moving on too?
Possibly yes, it really does depend on a number of things and how important each one is to you. Have a look at the points below and ask yourself if you fall into one or more of these categories. If you do, then you really should consider looking for a new role and quitting the job you love.
5 Reasons To Quit A Job You Love:
1. You Have Become Complacent
It’s not unusual to become a little complacent in your role especially if you have been in the same position for 2 years or more. You know how to do the job with your eyes closed, you like the people and the environment so you just keep plodding along not really wanting to change things. If this sounds familiar, then you need to think about quitting your job and finding a role that will challenge you.
Complacency is dangerous in the job market. You not only feel stale, you also look stale and dated to recruiters and interviewers which makes the job search process so much harder. If you are not being challenged with new tasks, projects or skill development and are just repeating the same old thing you need to quit your job and move on, no matter how much you love the familiarity.
2. Poor Leadership
Inefficient management or poor leadership means the company as a whole will struggle to grow. This limits the opportunities available to you for change and advancement. Even if you love the job and the team you work with every day, you cannot afford to stay in an environment where the financial future looks bleak.
3. The Timing Is Right
Years ago when I was a marketing graduate, my boss said to me “you need to stay in a role long enough to write the strategy, execute the plan and clean up the mess”. In marketing terms that was about a 2 year period which was the accepted time that each brand manager stayed in each role. Off course this ‘acceptable timeframe’ is different for every industry so consider what is acceptable in your industry and if you have been in the one spot too long consider a change even if you love the role.
Also remember that the workforce as a whole has become more transient which means people change roles more often so it is important to change role or company every few years to show you have developed and improved.
Be careful though, too much change makes you look unstable, so don’t overdo it.
4. Greater Compensation
It does not matter how much you love your job, if the money is below market value you need to seriously consider quitting your job and finding one that pays better. The first thing you need to do is research salary rates for your industry and understand what the market value is. If you are not sure how to do this , look at our post – How to Research Salary Rates Before a Job Interview. The post includes lots of links to websites that can help you.
5. No Work/Life Balance
A healthy work / life balance is really important for your physical and mental health. Even if you love your job and you feel the obscene hours are worth it, the truth is it will take its toll on your body eventually. If you are spending your whole life at work then seriously plan to quit and find something a little more balanced.
Preparing For The Job Search Process
Even if you love your job, if you are falling into one or more of the categories above you should seriously consider quitting your job and looking for something better.
Sometimes the thought of searching for a job fills people with dread which is why they stay in the same place for so long. If you feel this way, take a look at the posts below. They will step you through everything you need to know to get ready for the job search process.
- 5 Steps To Kick Start Your Job Search Process
- 4 Interesting Ways Google Can Help Your Job Search
- The Only 4 Apps You Need to Increase Job Search Success
- 5 Best Job Search Engines
- 6 Best LinkedIn Job Search Tips
And finally, once you have made the decision to quit your job, take a look at the posts below to help you manage the exit and plan what you are going to say to recruiters and interviewers about your move.