How to Know It's Right to Leave Your Job

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If you didn't know, I left my job of four years at the beginning of the month. It was a decision I had felt was right for a while now but finding a job is not as easy as just sending out a few resumes. It took a lot of time and patience, and I'm sure I'll do another blog post on that in the near future.

While it wasn't an easy decision to leave, it was one that I knew had to be made. I had been at the company for four years and as a 26-year-old, it was just time for a change. I wanted to explore what else was out there and see what it was like to work for another company; I wanted to get outside my comfort zone because being in one place for so long you tend to get very comfortable.

I had been thinking about leaving for a while, for so many reasons, but I always made excuses. I didn't want to let anyone down, I didn't want to go through the anxiety of flipping my life upside down. I didn't want to go through the process of an emotionally draining situation, like leaving a place I called home for four years, where I did a lot of growing up and met some of the most incredible women in the beauty industry -- I just didn't want to deal with it.

Until I knew it was time... there was a lot going on and too many changes and nothing was moving me the way it once did. I woke up one morning and didn't want to go to work and that was it -- that's how I knew.

I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people, and did a lot of soul searching. If you think it may be time to leave your job you're going to go through a lot of emotions and feelings but ultimately, you will know when it's right for you.

However, if you need a little push, look for these signs.



You Dread Going to Work

If you wake up in the morning and get crippling anxiety and dread walking into the office; if you feel a sense of relief when you leave at the end of the day, it's probably time to rethink your current job. No one enjoys working... or at least that's what I'm told but if you hate going to a place every day it's going to be a lot harder to get your job done. Once you strongly dislike and anticipate (in a bad way) going to work, you should brush up your resume.

You're Not Learning

When you stop learning in your current position, that's a sure fire way to know that it's time to look elsewhere. In a job that is fulfilling you should always be learning something new, you should always be challenged and looking forward to what comes next. Once you are too comfortable, you are probably not learning anything new. If you feel like you're not growing or excelling in your current role, it's time to leave.

You're Unmotivated

Similar to not learning anything in your current role, if you're feeling unmotivated, uninspired, and not connected to the work you're doing in addition to everything else on this list it might be time to look elsewhere. Of course, there are going to be days when you feel lazy and not excited about the work you're doing but you will be able to tell when the feeling runs deeper than that. That's when you should re-examine yourself and your goals. 

You Don't Agree with the Direction of the Company

This is probably a little controversial and doesn't always apply but it's worth mentioning. Sometimes in a corporate company, or a non-one at that, changes happen and not always for the better. If you see things happening, changes occurring and new leadership taking place and it's not for the best, you might think about leaving. I'm not saying jump ship at the first sight of change but if you see things headed in a certain direction you can calculate your priorities and adjust accordingly.

There are many more reasons to leave a job or a leave a boss or a company but these are just a few that have stuck out to me over the years.

What are your thoughts on this topic?
xoxo
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