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When to Leave a Job

Updated on April 24, 2013
When is it time to pack up for good?
When is it time to pack up for good? | Source

To leave, or not to leave?

This was a question I had pondered for more than a year with regards to my last position. I had been considering leaving the job for several reasons. I would like to share some of these reasons, and what eventually lead to my ultimate decision to leave.

  • The job was not enjoyable anymore. For me, pay was never the most important thing for me. I believe that public service and work in the public sector is what is best and most rewarding for me. And of course, that doesn't always mean the biggest paychecks.

    However, I started to glance at other jobs posted online when I realized that I didn't enjoy my job as much as I used to. Sure, there were many aspects that I still loved and that drew me to the job. After a while, though, I figured that they weren't enough to hold me. I had talked to my supervisor about this and had asked if I could have some responsibilities altered or added, but nothing was done after a whole year.

    Leading me to my next point...

  • No opportunities for growth. I was happy to work in my previous position for a while because I enjoyed it. I turned toward greener pastures when I realized that I had been doing the exact same thing for several years and there didn't seem to be any prospects for growth. I wanted to broaden my horizons and learn more so that I could rise in my organization, but I had my set responsibilities and that's what worked for the office, not so much for me. A girl's gotta learn, after all.

  • Stubborn supervisors. It was hard for me to work for someone who didn't have my interests in mind. Of course I expected that my supervisors' priorities were that things just get done, but I was hoping that some of my needs could be considered at the same time. I was asking for MORE work, after all, and that didn't happen.

  • ...Not that kind of work. Well, I did get more work, but not work that would help me grow and learn, but menial tasks that got dumped on me when others left. I read online in trying to make my decision to leave that it's not a good sign when someone leaves or resigns, and instead of hiring someone new, they take their responsibilities and dole them out to the employees who are still left.

  • Changing it up. I determined that I cast my sights on newer jobs because I was, well, bored. I wasn't challenged, of course, but I also wanted to see what else was out there. I'm good at what I do, but maybe I am better at something else. The hardest part for me was wanting to be loyal to my employer because they hadn't really done anything wrong, and I would often think of my dad, who worked with the same company for 35 years through thick and thin (mostly thin). I felt like a bad person for leaving, basically, but those I confided in told me not to feel bad and that I had to do what I needed to do.

  • Pay. Well, of course it would be better to have more pay. But what got my gall and what was the last straw for me was when I learned that I was making the same as the most junior member of our staff, despite having had more experience and years on the job, more education, and more hours worked each day. I really felt that my employer didn't care whether I was there or not, and then figured out that they did care that I was there... so they could pay less to have more done. I felt taken advantage of.

So there are some of the things I thought about when making my decision. I hope this is helpful for those considering the same thing.


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    • thom w conroy profile image

      thom w conroy 3 years ago

      In the words of Johnny Cochran "If the job does not must ahhhh quit".

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      Thomas Bensen 4 years ago from Round Lake Park

      Yep sounds about right the same thing I am going thru right now

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      glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

      Great point! In the case I described, I changed jobs, but only in different departments; I was still within the same company so I could continue working toward vesting!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I knew it was time to leave 19 months before I quit, but I made a calculated decision to wait until I was vested in the company pension. (You cannot find too many companies these days with a good old fashioned pension program). Having a plan and a countdown clock made it much more enjoyable. Things that would have bothered me seemed to roll off. It was all about controlling the situation rather than letting the situation control me.

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      Carolina Dursina 4 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Thanks for a great hub, we all need to look out for ourselves!

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      Rebecca Furtado 4 years ago from A Cornfied in the Midwest

      Sometimes the solution is not to quit a job you do not like, but to figure out if getting training in a different area can lead you to a job you do like. Sometimes you can tolerate a job, if you know you are getting what you need to find a better one.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      lol. You go girl!

      One of the biggest obstacles to career progression is the fear of change. Change is good. If you have skills and a passion for working hard in a job you enjoy, you can afford to walk away.

      It's a good idea to have another job in place to go to when you leave, even if you have to take sick days to attend interviews. But it is such a waste of time and effort to remain in a place that is unsatisfying and where your talents are not appreciated.

      I believe everyone should enjoy going to work. You can't spend 40 hours a week in a place that makes you feel uncomfortable.

      Good hub. Voted up!

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      Rebecca Furtado 4 years ago from A Cornfied in the Midwest

      This is very solid advice. I change jobs all the time because in HomeHealth hours vary so much. It seems one agency get lots of people then they start getting fewer and fewer. I am actually trying to finish school to be a medical assistant. I want consistant hours.

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      Jessica Noel 4 years ago

      I'm considering this very thing right now... Thank you for your insights; it seems our circumstances are similar. (Or were, for you - I presume you've moved on to a better job!)

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      kikibruce 5 years ago from New York

      I knew it was time to leave when I literally got sick before work every day. I was so anxiet-ridden that I quit for health reasons

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      There was a long time where you just did what your father did. We have come a long way.

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      idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

      It's quite sad to see some sticking to their jobs eventhough it's not the kind of work they enjoy doing. It's mostly out of necessity. Great article, voted up and useful. :)

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      point2make 5 years ago

      It can be a difficult call....when to leave a job. Sometimes it is the right move and we need to better understand and recognize "when it's time to go". Our careers and, untimately, our health are tied together Leaving a bad situation can be difficult but in the end it is necessary. Good hub...voted up.