Is it time to quit your job?

By | August 10, 2014

A question some people likely ask themselves every day although it can be a frightening prospect and potentially risky career move!

Perhaps you’re bored or feel that you’re being under-appreciated and underpaid.

Maybe you’re getting a vibe that the powers-that-be are planning a reorganization in which you and your job are going to be casualties.

Maybe you look around at other jobs in your industry or another completely different one and think that they would be a better fit for you.

Is it time to quit? Take this quiz and the answers you choose will help provide you with an answer! (From Careerealism)

1. Have you served for at least two years?

(a) Yes, and I’ve enjoyed most of it.

(b) No, I’m still pretty new to the job.

(c) Yes, but I’ve been there WAY longer than that.

2. Have your career interests or aspirations changed?

(a) Nope! I still love the work I do.

(b) Maybe a little. I’m not really sure anymore.

(c) Yes. I don’t know why I got into this kind of work in the first place.

3. Is there still room left for career advancement?

(a) Yes.

(b) Yes, but I’m not really interested in moving up.

(c) No. I’m going to be stuck at my current role until someone retires.

4. Are you mentally tired and bored with your current job?

(a) No, I find the work interesting, but I could use more of a challenge.

(b) Yes. I’m constantly zoning out and procrastinating.

(c) Bored? I wish! I’m straight up stressed out and exhausted all of the time.

5. Are you happy with other aspects in your life?

(a) Yes! I love my life outside of work.

(b) Eh, I could use a few more hobbies in my life.

(c) Other aspects in your life? People have those?

6. Is your company in trouble or are big changes coming?

(a) Nope, our company is doing very well, actually.

(b) I’m not really sure.

(c) Yes, and I’m afraid I’m going to lose my job.

7. Do you work under toxic leadership?

(a) No way – I love my boss!

(b) Sometimes it’s pretty bad, but I’ve learned to deal with it.

(c) Toxic? That’s a nice way of putting it…

8. Do you feel under-appreciated?

(a) No – my boss praises my accomplishments on a regular basis.

(b) Eh, I could use a few more pats on the back, I guess.

(c) Yes – either my hard work goes unnoticed or someone else takes credit for it!

9. Are you underpaid for your role?

(a) No, I get a fair paycheck.

(b) The pay could be better.

(c) I definitely deserve a fatter paycheck for all of the extra work I put in.

10. Can you afford to quit?

(a) Yes, but I’m not sure I want to work at a new company.

(b) No. I’m already struggling to pay my bills each month.

(c) Probably, it might be tight for a little while, though.

11. Is there a better offer out there?

(a) Honestly, I haven’t really looked.

(b) Yes, but I’m not really sure if I’m willing to take the chance on a new job yet.

(c) Yes! Better work, better boss, and better pay!

What your answers may mean:

Mostly As: You’re just ready for a promotion.

You love the work you do, but you find yourself getting bored. The work just isn’t challenging anymore. Perhaps it’s time to get a promotion! Click here for some tips on landing that promotion you deserve.

Mostly Bs: You’re probably not ready to quit just yet.

You might not be in the position to quit just yet, however, you should definitely consider your options. You don’t seem too happy at your current job. Maybe the work isn’t challenging anymore. Maybe it wasn’t what you thought it was when you first took the job. Whatever it is, something isn’t right. If you are considering quitting, read this article to get some guidance.

Mostly Cs: Get out of there, FAST!

The time has come, the Walrus said, to GET OUT! Life is too short to work in such a toxic environment. Not only that, but the work is nothing like you expected it to be when you started. You’re stressed out all the time and it’s taking a toll on your life outside of the office. It’s probably time to move on and out, especially if you have an offer in hand. However, don’t just quit during an emotional meltdown. Be smart and be prepared.

WARNING:
Quitting without a job comes with major risks, especially in this economy. Employers will often assume you got fired or you are too high maintenance and lack patience. Before you quit, make sure you’ve got a plan in place! Want to quit, but don’t have a job offer in hand? Check out CareerHMO, a virtual career coaching service, to learn how to make an effective job change.

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Written by Michael Haltman, President of Hallmark Abstract Service, New York.

HAS is a provider of title insurance in New York State for residential and commercial real estate transactions specializing in the areas of New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

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If you have any questions you can reach Michael by email at mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com.

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