8 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job ...

You probably think I’m crazy for writing about signs it’s time to quit your job when the economy is so volatile, but your health and happiness are far more important than a paycheck. Some situations just aren’t worth it and if you find yourself emphatically shouting "Hell yeah!" with many of these indicators, it’s probably time to update your resume and start looking for another job elsewhere. Here are 8 signs it's time to quit your job.

1. You Complain about Work Constantly

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I’m not referring to occasional complaints about deadlines or a smelly coworker. I mean complaining about work to whoever will listen. You might even have coworkers who partake in the complaining, but it’s not healthy. We all have things we like and dislike about work but when you find yourself constantly complaining about it, it could be one of the signs it’s time to quit your job.

2. Your Appearance Has Changed

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If you’ve gained or lost a significant amount of weight, wake up with dark circles or bags under your eyes or just don’t care about your appearance anymore due to stress from your job, it’s a serious indicator that it’s time to move on. If your job is making you sick, don’t ignore these signs; it’s much more important to be healthy and happy.

3. You‘re Mentally Checked out

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We all get a case of the Mondays every now and then and we’re not in the mood to work, but it’s a telltale sign it’s time to change jobs when you’re having a hard time concentrating or you spend your workday doing everything but your work. Do you spend your workday daydreaming about Channing Tatum or chatting up random coworkers? It’s time to reconsider your options and see what would be more compatible for you.

4. You Feel Stagnant

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Do you feel overqualified for your job or are stuck doing the same things every day for years? If your workplace doesn’t offer any opportunity to learn new things or promote, it’s a definite sign it’s time to quit your job. You probably have an idea of what you want to do career-wise, and if you’re currently at a job that isn’t in line with your plans, think about what you can do to get you closer to your goal.

5. You’re Obsessed with Job Searching

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Are you spending your workday on job search websites or applying to jobs? Worse yet, are you applying for jobs that are way below your skill set and pay less than what you make now?! This is one of the more distinct signs it’s time to quit your job! We all like to keep our options open when it comes to jobs, but if you are constantly online at work looking for open positions and updating your resume and cover letter, it’s time to go!

6. You Don’t like Your Coworkers

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Most workplaces have a few troublemakers or people who aren’t easy to work with, but if you find yourself dreading any interaction with your coworkers or wishing you could shoot lasers at them, it’s time to move on from your job. Most people don’t click with their coworkers as they do with friends, but you should be able to have a good working relationship with most of your coworkers. If not, then this is another one of the signs it's time to quit your job... and find one without so many troublemakers.

7. You Dread Going to Work Everyday

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Yes, we all dread going to work in the morning, but when you have serious anxiety or shudder at the thought of going to work, it’s unhealthy and a serious warning that it’s time to quit your job. If you’re having physical or emotional reactions to going in to work, it’s very unhealthy and time to call the doctor and update the old resume.

8. Your Workplace Isn’t Faring Well

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We’re going through some tough times economy-wise and many places aren’t doing so great financially so this doesn’t apply to all places, but there are some reliable signs that the company might be going under in which you should get out and fast! When you start seeing reduction of benefits and bonuses, downsizing and high turnovers in corporate, it’s safe to say that it’s time to move on from your job.

Did you find yourself agreeing to at least 3 of these signs it’s time to quit your job? If so, don’t get discouraged. Take some time to evaluate your situation, determine what else you’d like to do, how much you need to make, etc. Even though we are in a bad economy, all hope is not lost; you have other options!

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