4 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job

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By Lindsay Olson

If you're considering quitting your job, you may be indecisive about whether it's the right decision or not. On the one hand, you're pretty miserable. On the other hand, if you wait it out, you might make that promotion next year. While quitting or staying at your job is a personal decision, let's look at a few key situations and what you should consider.

Situation 1: You don't make enough money. If the sole reason you want to quit is the money you're not making, consider the alternatives. Quitting over a lack of money is rarely the best decision. If there are other factors to consider, include those in the decision. But if it's all about the Benjamins, find another way to get what you want:

Ask for a raise. Research comparable positions at other companies on sites like Salary.com to see what you should be making. Assess whether you truly meet the background and experience requirements to make that much (be honest with yourself: if you could make $20K more but need a master's degree, you're not qualified for that big of an increase). If you do qualify, present it to your boss, along with a list of accomplishments you've achieved. You always want to back up your request for a raise with what you've done to deserve it.

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Look for another position in the same company. If your position doesn't offer upward mobility, consider staying at your company in a different role. If there are no promotions opening up in your department, look at others, and check the intranet job board to see what's available. Tap your internal contacts to see where there may be an opening on the horizon.

Get a part-time job. If getting more money isn't an option at your current company, but you're still strapped for cash, consider getting a second job to provide more income. This way, you don't have to quit your job and you still earn additional income.

Situation 2: Your boss is verbally abusive. If your supervisor calls you ugly names and screams at you, it may be time to find another job. You shouldn't tolerate this kind of behavior, but understandably: you need your job. Still, the constant berating is likely wearing you down, and can even threaten your health, so in this situation, your best bet is likely to start looking for another position elsewhere as soon as possible.

Try to be calm when your boss attacks you, and don't feed the fire. Do your work and stay out of sight until you can resign.

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Situation 3: You are dating a co-worker. Depending on what your workplace relationship policy is, you may be jeopardizing your job by getting involved with a co-worker. You might be fired if you're found out to be violating your company's policy ... or not. Sometimes companies have strict (seeming) policies in place, but they might be willing to turn a blind eye, especially if you're both hard-working and don't let your office romance interfere with your jobs.

Check with your employee handbook to see what it says about relationships. Then go to your human resources manager together and explain the situation. Get the HR recommendation on what to do. You may find you're able to keep your job and enjoy your new-found love.

Situation 4: You haven't been paid in weeks. If your company is late in paying you by several weeks and keeps promising you the "check is on the way," you should see red flags. This won't likely end well and you shouldn't have to suffer personally for the financial instability of your company. Insist on getting paid for the time you work and start looking for a new job.

Lindsay Olson is a founding partner and public relations recruiter with Paradigm Staffing and Hoojobs.com, a niche job board for public relations, communications, and social media jobs. She blogs at LindsayOlson.com, where she discusses recruiting and job search issues.

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Use common sense, with todays unemployment rate make sure you have another job waiting before you quit. Remember you may not like what you are doing but it is much better being employed not doing what you want with a decent paycheck coming in then nothing coming in while you search for a new job.

January 23 2013 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lu Ann

Verbally abusive boss? In your face Fist shaker? Scream loudly someone call 911 ! Works every time.

January 23 2013 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My friend was verbally abused by her boss. When her father-in-law died, the boss screamed at her for having tears. He cut her hours when he got angry at her and then cut her pay. He had people gang up on her. He took away her office, he abused her verbally in front of everyone.
He finally fired her after 2 years.
But I told my friend it is for the best. This kind of abuse can kill you.

January 23 2013 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Consider your health. Stress raises cortisol levels. Cortisol is poison to your body. It causes inflammation all through the body and serious weight gain.

January 23 2013 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are you kidding me? People are broke and begging for work at McPooPoo's and you write this worthless crap?

Right now there are only 2 signs it's time to quit your job:

1. You already secured another one

2. A massive financial windfall that will allow you to do the "take this job and shove it" dance without fear of consequences.

January 23 2013 at 7:23 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Orph's comment

Because dropping dead is better than being out of work? Nowhere in the article did it say 'Hate your job? Quit without thought.'

January 23 2013 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you get high blood pressure from the stress and stroke out, you will lose the job anyhow.

January 23 2013 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Management and 70% of coworkers are incompetent, don't care and lazy - federal agency.

January 23 2013 at 4:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the update to 'The Compeat Idiot's Guide to Working.'
Here's some more modern ones that actually happen to people today:
1) You make a lot of money but your boss keeps assigning you work way BELOW your pay grade.
2) Someone is slipped into your department between you and your actual boss, but no one can explain why.
3) People who are actually your co-equals are assigning you work, or leaving work undone that you have to then finish.
4) An unofficial perk you once enjoyed suddenly becomes a 'company crime'.
And not one of those needed a long explanation.
Welcome to the new American workplace. Lean and mean indeed.

January 22 2013 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another great news article. Millions of people are out of work and now US News is suggesting that you quit your job rather than try to preserve it, Its time we dumped people who publish this kind of crap.


January 22 2013 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

PETCO is having problems paying their employees. They have a position that is a merchandiser that travels between different locations and makes sure on a daily basis that all displays are set to company standards or they often "reset" entire sections of the stores. PETCO has been ONLY paying these employees $0.55 per mile they travel.BUT according to corporate policy They are to get paid from the moment they walk out their home and untill they return home.Some employees are required to travel up to 2 HOURS in each direction and then work an additional 8 hours. PETCO has NOT PAID a large amount of their employees for over 1 to 2 years on average and CHOSE to ignore their own pay policy. My partmer is dure OVER $10,000 in back pay as of December 2012 and is STILL WAITING even after promises of payment in time for Christmas!

January 22 2013 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to NO1CHEF99's comment

Maybe it is time to quit.
I worked at a clock shop and my pay checks kept bouncing.
I brought my daughter with me one day and said that I have to feed my child.
The paychecks stopped bouncing for awhile, then I quit finally.

January 23 2013 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crazy ray

If your boss is verbally abusive, it isn't time to quit; it's time to call your lawyer.

January 22 2013 at 9:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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