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So You Hate Your First Job (Part II): Signs It’s Time to Go

We have all experienced wanting to pack up our desk and tell the boss “I QUIT!” or spent your lunch break venting about how miserable you are working there. You may even wake up each morning and ask yourself, “WHY???…Why do I have to go to this job?”

If you do, you are probably ready to move on. Not wanting to be there is a sure sign it is time to go.

There are many reasons why people stay in a job they dislike: convenience, benefits or just plain fear of change. If you have been contemplating quitting your job for more than a year, chances are it may be time to seek new employment. One thing you don’t want to do is let your unhappiness boil over into your work.

It’s time to spread your wings. Time is precious, don’t waste it in a job that that you dislike and doesn’t value you or offer growth. It’s never easy to start over, but when you finally come to the realization that you are in the wrong place and you take a step to do something about it, this could be one of the best decisions you make.

Here are 5 additional signs it’s time to go:

The job is taking a toll on your health.

You feel overworked and stressed. You are constantly tired and feeling under the weather. You have used up the majority of your sick days or you are planning to use them up. No job should ever put your well being in jeopardy.

You procrastinate at work.

You put off projects for the next day when it could be done now. You are no longer productive at work and can’t wait for 5 o’clock. You no longer feel challenged. Time to pack it up and find something that will excite you.

Your manager doesn’t show interest in your career growth.

You have been with the company for three or more years and continue to do the same projects year after year. You have asked your boss for additional responsibilities and he/she avoids conversations about promotions or new projects. Without the opportunity to try new projects, your career is at a standstill. This will hinder your career development.

You are always complaining about the job.

You are never happy, at least not for long. You are constantly complaining about coworkers, the culture, the workload etc.,. People are getting tired of hearing you say the same thing every day, “This job sucks” or “My boss is getting on my nerves.” The right job should bring more positive experiences than a negative experience.

The work environment is unhealthy.

If you work in a negative environment this is poisonous. A negative work environment can affect your mood, your passion, and your overall productivity. You want to spend your time around positive people. In a positive environment you are able to be confident and voice your opinion vs. a negative environment where you feel paralyzed.

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About LaToya Binns

My name is LaToya Binns and I am currently working as a Customer Experience Manager for a retail company, overseeing customer service for both stores and ecommerce. I live in the New York/New Jersey area. When I am not working, I love hanging out in NYC, planning bbq's or dinners with friends and family.

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