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20 Signs You Need to Start Looking for a New Job

Updated on August 9, 2011
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Jeannie has been writing online for over eight years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

Oh no!

Jobs - it is something we've all had to tolerate at some point in our lives. It is just one of those unfortunate facts of life. You get up in the morning only to find you've got to go to the "bad place." It always seems like weekends last about 2 hours and Monday through Friday takes 2 months to end.

If you've started feeling negative feelings about your job, then it is probably time to start packing your things to look for another job. Of course, that one will probably make you miserable in no time, too, but so goes life. Also, let's not forget there are no real jobs out there anymore. The classifieds are so short now you can check them out during a commercial break while watching your favorite show.

Well, now that I've completely bummed you out, you are probably wondering what are some of the signs that you need to start looking for a new job. You've come to the right place!

20 Signs You Need to Start Looking for a New Job:

  1. The boss never remembers your name or your co-workers' names. He has taken to calling everyone Carol. There is no one in your office named Carol.
  2. The place reeks of booze and cigarettes. You do not work at a bar.
  3. Your boss calls you late one night to help with a special project. He mentions something about your main duty is to "find a nice spot to bury the bodies."
  4. Everyday at noon there is another staff meeting. During the last staff meeting two people walked away with black eyes and one person was missing a tooth.
  5. You attempt to discuss a new idea with the managers and one of them starts chanting, "blah, blah, blah" while you are speaking.
  6. Someone put something in your desk and it is making a strange ticking sound.
  7. The managers at work decided instead of Casual Friday, they would step it up a notch. It has now been changed to Pants Optional Friday.
  8. Many co-workers now bring their children and pets to work on a regular basis. Neither the children or the pets seem to be potty trained.
  9. Your business has about 50 employees and there is only one bathroom. Need I say more?
  10. Your boss decided to remove the coffee machine to save money. Now you have to buy coffee yourself if you want any.
  11. After being reprimanded for leaving the desk too frequently, some coupons for Depends show up on your desk.
  12. Your co-worker in the next cubicle has been chanting all week. Some of the words you've heard are, "blood," "the sacrifice," and your name.
  13. The only joy you and your co-workers have during the work day is watching people get towed because they've illegally parked in the lot. Everyone cheers and claps when a person comes back just in time to see their car going down the street and they start to chase the tow truck.
  14. The leftovers in the work fridge have gotten so out of hand, there are things crawling out the fridge and running down the hall.
  15. The boss has decided the job is so great people need to start paying him just to work there.
  16. Gambling and boozing is totally normal and encouraged in the company cafeteria.
  17. You were introduced to your new co-worker named Sammy. Sammy is actually a chimp. He will be sitting in the next cubicle. You learn his salary is better than your salary.
  18. Your boss goes into an angry fit of rage and screams, "I'll burn this place down before I let them foreclose on me!" He has a can of gasoline in one hand and a box of matches in the other.
  19. The managers say something about giving you the "pink slip" when you mention several health code violations at the business.
  20. You actually searched and found this list, and you've read this whole list - while at work!

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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much! I am happy you enjoyed it. Time for a new work week, so it is a good time to read about jobs.

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    9 years ago

    This is quite a funny read...a great cheer-up and delight!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes I think people are planning on doing number 11 to me at work. That is the day I will walk out! Thanks for the comment!

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    9 years ago from California

    Ahaha~ this is so funny! Number 8 actually happens in my office. She's a cute puppy but sometimes I wonder if I'm at a doggie day care place. I haven't had no. 11 happen to me but I sometimes wonder if this thought is on the back on their heads!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you so much! I am glad I could brighten your day. Believe it or not, some of those things have really happened to me - thankfully, just not ALL of them. Thanks for the comment and sharing this on Facebook!

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    Amy DeMarco 

    9 years ago from Chicago

    oh my gosh, this was so hilarious. I'm at work right now and needed a good laugh! I guess things here could always be worse. I'm gonna share this with some friends & post on my FB page. Rated up & FUNNY!!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the comment. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. It is true - sometimes you take a bathroom break just for the break. As long as the smell doesn't kill you, it is worth hanging out in there for a while. Hehe.

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    9 years ago from New York

    I needed to read this right about now. I love 4 and 12 but 11 is my absolute favorite too funny. Let's be honest, many of us don't always HAVE to go when we go to the bathroom lol. Its called a short escape from your desk. Great hub!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the comment. I am glad I could help make your day a little brighter. At least it's Friday! That is what I have to keep telling myself.

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    Susan Zutautas 

    9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thanks for the laugh, it is just what I needed :)


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