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9 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job

9 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job

Sometimes going into work is tough. I mean, who doesn’t want to sit on the couch all day and binge on the latest season of Mad Men? Maybe you’ve had a tough project to finish and need a break, or you’re having  a problem with someone at the office and you’d rather avoid them. These are normal frustrations that come with being an adult who works.

But sometimes, you’re beyond irritation and beyond a burnout. Sometimes, you’ve reached the point of no return, and it would be best to leave your job and find something new. If you’re suffering from any of the things below, it’s probably time to quit:

1. YOU HAVE A (BAD) GUT REACTION TO WORK

Always listen to your gut. Especially if it feels queasy or nauseous when you start thinking about having to go to work. That stomach turning sick feeling isn’t a bad dinner. It’s your nerves telling you that something is seriously wrong and the stress is getting to you.

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2. YOU NEVER SMILE AT WORK ANYMORE

Think about the last time something happened at work that made you smile. Coming up short? That’s a problem. Work isn’t all fun, all day, but you should at least enjoy your co-workers and have satisfaction in your work.

3. YOU CONSTANTLY PROCRASTINATE

Remember when you used to put off your homework until “later,” because you really just didn’t want to do it? Well, work can sometimes turn into a grown up version of homework. You should feel excited and energized about doing your work, not constantly  looking for ways to distract yourself and avoid it.

4. YOU REALIZE THERE’S NO ROOM TO GROW

Sometimes we like the environment we work in, but there’s no where else for us to go. Maybe taking your boss’s role is the logical next step, but you know that won’t be happening any time soon. Or maybe your company doesn’t have enough people for you to really move “up.” Either way, once you’ve recognized that you can either stay in the same job forever or leave, it makes your decision pretty clear.

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5. YOU’RE BORED OUT OF YOUR MIND

Just thinking about your work makes your bored. You feel like you’ve done it all and there’s nothing challenging enough to keep your attention. It may seem like this isn’t a horrible thing, but if you’re bored with your work long enough, the quality will also suffer, and that will be a reflection on you.

6. YOU HAVE A “CASE OF THE MONDAYS” ALL WEEK

If you get a “case of the Mondays” on Sunday afternoon, and feel that you’re dreading work every evening for the entire week until Friday mercifully rolls around, then you’ve mentally checked out of work. Why spend all of your time somewhere that you don’t want to be?

7. YOU DON’T FEEL VALUED

You’re not just a number or a step in a complicated business process, but sometimes working at companies can make you feel that way. If you feel that your company doesn’t value you as a person, it’s time to go. Companies often want loyalty from employees, but as we’ve seen from recent events, they rarely return that loyalty. You deserve to feel appreciated and valued as a person and for your contribution to your company.

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8. YOU DON’T FIT IN

Sometimes what your company values and what you value aren’t the same. It just doesn’t feel right. You value learning new things, and they value doing the same things that they’ve always done. If there’s no sign that this will be changing soon and that your values will eventually match up, chances are you’re going to continue being miserable and not agreeing with any initiatives the company takes. It’s ok to not have the same values, but it’s not ok to stay and be upset once you’ve realized the issue.

9. YOU CAN’T STAND YOUR BOSS

If you and your boss, no matter how much you’ve tried, can’t get along and work things out, you may just need to cut your losses. Having a boss that you can’t work well with, and who doesn’t support you, will not help you succeed. Instead it will make you resentful and frustrated.

If you’ve noticed any of these things happening a few times a week, don’t try and convince yourself that it’s worth staying. It’s not. You’ll only end up damaging your own reputation by mentally checking out at work, and making it harder for your team to do their jobs. There’s no shame in quitting something that makes you miserable. All jobs have a life cycle, and knowing when yours is up just means that you get to move on to greater things.

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Last Updated on August 10, 2020

10 Things You Should Do If You’re Unemployed

10 Things You Should Do If You’re Unemployed

Regardless of your background, times today are tough. While uneven economies around the world have made it incredibly difficult for many people to find work, the recent COVID pandemic has made things worse.

Regardless of age and qualification, stretches of unemployment have affected us all in recent years. While we might not be able to control being unemployed, we can control how we react to it.

Despite difficult conditions, there are many ways to grow and stay hopeful. Whether you’re looking for work, or just taking a breather between assignments, these 10 endeavors will keep you busy and productive. Plus, some may even help push your resume to the top of the next pile.

Here’re 10 things you should do when you’re unemployed:

1. Keep a Schedule

It’s fine to take a few days after you’re finished at work to relax, but try not to get too comfortable.

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As welcoming as permanently moving into your sweatpants may seem, keeping a schedule is one way to stay productive and focused. While unemployed, if you continue to start your day early, you are more likely to get more done. Also, keeping up with day to day tasks makes you less likely to grow depressed or inactive.

2. Join a Temp Agency

One of the easiest ways to bridge the gap between jobs is to find temporary work, or work with a temp agency. While many unemployed people job hunt religiously, rememberer to include temp agencies in the search.

While not a permanent solution, you will be in a better position financially while you search for something permanent.

3. Work Online

Another great option if you’re unemployed is online work. Many different sites offer a variety of ways to make money online, but make sure the site you’re working for is reputable.

Micro job sites such as Fiverr and Upwork as well as sites that pay for you to take surveys, are all quick, legitimate options. While these sites sometimes offer lower pay, it’s always better to move forward slowly than not at all.

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4. Get Organized

Unemployment is an excellent opportunity to get organized. Embark on some spring cleaning, go through old boxes, and get rid of the things you don’t need. Streamlining your life will help you dive head first into the next chapter, plus it helps you feel like your unemployed time is spent productively.

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5. Exercise

Much like organizing your life, another good way to keep yourself enthusiastic and healthy is to exercise. It doesn’t take much to get slightly more active, and exercise can help you stay positive. Even a walk around the block a few times a week can do a lot for keeping you motivated and determined. If you take care of yourself, you can make the most of this extra time.

6. Volunteer

Volunteering is an excellent way to use extra time when you’re unemployed. Additionally, if you volunteer in an area related to your job qualifications, you can often include the experience on your resume.

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Not only that, doing good is a true mood booster and is sure to help you stay optimistic while looking for your next job.

7. Improve Your Skills

Looking for ways to increase your job skills while unemployed is a good way to move forward as well. Look for certifications or training you could take, especially those offered for free.

You can qualify more for even entry level positions with extra training in your line of work, and many cities or states offer job skills training. Refreshing your resume, and interview and job skills may make your job hunt easier.

8. Treat Yourself

Unemployment can be trying and tiring, so don’t forget to treat yourself occasionally. Take a reasonable amount of time off from your weekly job hunt to recharge and rest up. Letting yourself rest will maximize your productivity during the hours you job search.

Even if you don’t have extra money for entertainment, a walk or visit to the park can do wonders to help you go back and attack your job hunt.

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9. See What You Can Sell

Another good way to bridge the gap between jobs is to sell unused possessions. eBay and Amazon are both secure sites, but traditional garage sales are a fine option too. Sell off a few video games, or some electronics, for some quick and easy cash while you figure out a permanent solution.

10. Take a Course

Much like training and certifications, taking a class can be a good way to keep yourself sharp while unemployed. Especially when you’re between jobs, it can be easy to forget this option, as most courses cost money. Don’t forget the mass of free educational tools online: 25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

Keeping your brain sharp can help you stay focused and may even help you learn some new, relevant job skills.

The Bottom Line

While unemployment numbers are still high, there are many things you can do to better yourself and move forward. While new skills to aid your job hung might seem out of reach, there are plenty of free ways to get ahead, online and off.

Additionally, don’t forget that taking time for yourself can do wonders for keeping you productive in your job hunt. While it is a challenge, don’t give up–being unemployed can offer you extra time to better yourself, and possibly grow more qualified to find work.

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