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5 signs it’s time to quit your job

Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder writer

It’s normal to think about quitting your job after having a rough day. It’s not normal to prefer the sound of nails on a chalkboard – on repeat – over going in to work.

How can you tell if you’re just in a bit of a rut or if it’s the end of the line? Here are five signs it may be time to quit:

1. You’ve hit a professional plateau. Peter Yang, co-founder of ResumeGo, a company that offers cover letter and resume writing services, says that if you feel like you’re not growing, then it may be time to resign. “It’s important that your job helps you learn new skills and advance your career,” he says. “If you’re feeling bored every day at the office, this is a bad sign.” He does, however suggest discussing the situation first with your manager to see if there are growth opportunities you may be missing. “Tell your boss that you feel as though you’re stagnating, and see if your manager can modify your responsibilities to make your current job more educational and worthwhile.”

2. Your goals have been derailed. One usually takes a job because it will help them achieve their career goals. If that’s no longer the case, you need to get back on track. “Is this job helping you reach your longer-term career goals or have you gone completely off your path? Has your job completely changed from the original description that you first agreed to when you were hired? Is it time to make a move in order to climb the ladder the way you want? If you can’t see this position as a stepping stone to where you want to go, it’s time to move on,” says Valerie Streif, a senior advisor with Mentat, a San Francisco-based organization for job seekers.

3. The company culture isn’t a fit. While your role and responsibilities will have a major impact on your happiness, consider company culture as well. “Perhaps your job requires you to wake up early in the morning every day, but you’d much rather have a job that allows for flexible hours and the option to work at home,” Yang says. “If this is the case, first try to speak with your manager to negotiate a schedule that works better for you. However, if this fails, then your only option may be to start sending your resume to other firms.”

4. Your job is making you sick. “If you are getting sick, excessively stressed out, suffering from problems in your social/personal life and having a hard time ‘shutting off’ from work even when you’re on vacation or during the weekends, it’s a clear sign something needs to change,” Streif notes. “While it can be incredibly difficult and frustrating to make a career move and change jobs, it is worth it for your health. If it’s just a difficult time due to crunch time on a project deadline, stick it out. It’s important to discern the difference between long-term issues of a job and temporary moments of stress that will pass.”

5. You have a bad relationship with your boss. You may not be best friends with your boss, and you don’t need to be. But you at least need to have a good working relationship. Career and executive coach Nancy Halpern says that if you’ve tried everything, and yet the two of you are like oil and water, it’s a sign your current situation isn’t working. “So much of our success is tied up in the relationship with our manager; if that really feels like a dead end, it might very well be time to move on.”

Think it’s time to move on? Here are some tips for job searching while employed.

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