8 tell tale signs you should quit and look for a new job

New year, new you, new job. That’s the way to go - right? 

Photos: ING Image
Photos: ING Image
09 Jan 2016

Photos: ING Image

How do you start the year off right? Not by hating your job. As much as you complain about work, you probably haven’t seriously considered leaving…until now. New year, new you, new job. That’s the way to go - right? But how do you know if this is just a low point? Quitting is no small decision; it’s a big undertaking to look for a new job. Here are the tell tale signs you should take the plunge. 

You have no interest in doing what your boss does
You have no interest in doing what your boss does
09 Jan 2016

You have no interest in doing what your boss does

What’s the point of working so hard to climb up if you’re not interested in the scenery at the top of the ladder? Look at your boss and ask yourself if you want to do what they do. If you aspire to get their position one day, that’s motivation enough to work through the grind. Can’t imagine yourself happy in their role? Then this might not be the right job for you. You want to start the new year being excited about your future path, not turned off by it. 

You get “promoted” to a title that did not exist before
You get “promoted” to a title that did not exist before
09 Jan 2016

You get “promoted” to a title that did not exist before

You were all but groomed for this promotion — the one that everyone thought you’d get. Your boss even hinted at it. You took on a massive project for it, burned the midnight oil, even sacrificed your trip to Tahiti. But in a cruel turn of events, you don’t get it. You’re jipped out of the promotion you deserve. Instead, you’re offered a previously nonexistent title that the company made up to placate you and convince you to stay. Do you think you’re better than that? Know so? Then leave. Start the year at a better place.

You’re not able to reach your full potential at this company
You’re not able to reach your full potential at this company
09 Jan 2016

You’re not able to reach your full potential at this company

You’re a natural problem-solver. You question the status quo because you look at processes and think, “There has to be a better way. How about trying this, or this?” Problem is, no one listens to you. They give you a polite half-smile and shrug, mumbling something about how that’s the way things are done. Nothing frustrates you more when you’ve got so much to offer but your strengths are going to waste. If you are someone with ideas and solutions, take them someplace else where they’ll be appreciated, where you can make a difference and benefit a company that actually listens.

Your children don’t recognize you
Your children don’t recognize you
09 Jan 2016

Your children don’t recognize you

You’ve always taken pride in working all day, then making it home in time to play with your baby and help your kid study for his PSLE. But now your work life is completely encroaching on your home life and you can’t shake the parent guilt. Your job isn’t about to get any less demanding either. When your kids start looking at you like you’re a stranger, it’s time to look for a job that doesn’t come at the cost of your family’s happiness. Let this be the year when you check off “better work/life balance” from your resolutions.

You’re not getting paid enough for how much you’re contributing
You’re not getting paid enough for how much you’re contributing
09 Jan 2016

You’re not getting paid enough for how much you’re contributing

Say you’re lucky enough to love your job. And you rock at it. But no matter how much you enjoy the nature of your job, you’re sick of being underpaid for how much you’re contributing. You’ve made more money for the firm than your peers, you’ve been with the company longer, and your work is stellar, so why are you getting paid the same? When you’re sick of being paid less than you deserve, get ready to say your goodbyes. It’s simple: If the company recognizes how valuable you are, they should pay you more. If they won’t, another company will — because you really are that good. 

You keep butting heads with your boss.
You keep butting heads with your boss.
09 Jan 2016

You keep butting heads with your boss.

Most of us have our own share of bad boss horror/funny stories, and we take a secret pleasure in sharing them, as if to say, “Look at what I have to deal with” in a humble brag, survivor sort of way. But when you encounter a truly terrible boss, you’ll know it. Your life turns into its own version of The Devil Wears Prada. Don’t put up with another year under a boss who only looks after his own back and belittles you at every chance.

You’re not learning anymore and or feeling motivated
You’re not learning anymore and or feeling motivated
09 Jan 2016

You’re not learning anymore and or feeling motivated

You like your job well enough. But you’ve been doing it for long enough to know everything inside out. Gone is your passion and the excitement of tackling a new challenge. You’re not learning any new skills; in fact, you could do your job with your eyes closed. Not going to lie, sometimes it's nice knowing what to expect. You're comfortable, and it takes guts to leave the familiar. But imagine another year of this sameness, and another year after that. Could you bear it? When you’re hopelessly bored and unmotivated at work, it’s time to jump ship and conquer new shores.

It’s taking a toll on your health
It’s taking a toll on your health
09 Jan 2016

It’s taking a toll on your health

You’ve sprouted a whole garden of white hairs, and your under-eye bags are massive. You dislike your job so much that it’s making you sick. Literally. The mere thought of work is enough to give you an ulcer. New year’s resolution to live healthier? Not possible at this gig. If your job is causing severe body aches, depression, or anxiety that persist no matter how many stretches and deep breathing exercises you do, start thinking of other opportunities. No job is worth your mental and physical health.

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