Unhappy With Your Job? When To Call It Quits

    March 31, 2003

As the new year approaches, some of us turn to thoughts of change in our lives. The new year is symbolic with new resolutions and sometimes new beginnings. If one of the changes you’re entertaining involves new employment, consider the following.

With employee averaging 4-5 different careers and 8-10 different jobs over a lifetime, the warning signals below can trigger your thinking about when – and if – to call it quits:

  • The thrill is gone. Your job has become routine, and you can perform it with your eyes closed.
  • You have turned into a wisher. You pass the time daydreaming about a more exciting or fulfilling career.
  • You get all the drudge assignments. You find yourself left out of the most exciting projects.
  • Your supervisor shows little confidence in you. He or she rechecks everything you do and allows little initiative.
  • You get the Monday Morning Blues everyday. You hate to get up in the morning and would rather do anything else but go to work.
  • Your output is diminishing. You take no real joy in your work. You may even be short-tempered and depressed.
  • You’ve reached a dead-end. To move up in the company, your boss has to leave or you need training that no one has time to give you.
  • You have become a clock watcher. Each day seem to be an eternity.
  • You are getting careless about office hours. You find yourself arriving late, taking long lunches or calling in sick more often.
  • You are promised raises that are postponed time and time again. You have that “I’m being taken advantage of” feeling.
  • Do Americans Like Their Work?

    A group of Americans were asked by the National Opinion Research Center if they liked their current job. Here’s how they responded:

    Completely satisfied 37%
    Somewhat satisfied 47%
    Somewhat dissatisfied 10%
    Completely dissatisfied 4%
    Not sure 2%

    Louise Garver, CMP, CPRW, JCTC, CEIP, MCDP, has assisted senior executives and management clients worldwide in all aspects of job search, interviewing and negotiations, development of resume and marketing letters, career transition and career management since 1985. President of Career Directions, LLC, she is an award-winning, published and certified career coach, professional resume writer, outplacement consultant and former corporate recruiter. For help in winning the career your deserve, visit http://www.resumeimpact.com.

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