So you’ve been debating if you should change jobs for a while. You’ve probably been stuck in this conundrum for months or years and you doubt if leaving would be the right choice to make.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes on the subject:
“If it comes down to ethics vs. a job, choose ethics. You can always find another job.” – Sally Krawcheck
If you see any of these red flags, it’s time to move on:
You’re not assigned any new projects:
You’ve probably been denied a promotion, or you were denied the opportunity to take a stretch assignment, but either way, you’re no longer being challenged in your job.
Your manager doesn’t check in on you:
Self-sufficiency is ok, but when your manager hasn’t checked in on you in months, there’s a problem. Maybe he’s too busy or too disinterested to set up a one on one with you, but in either case you deserve better.
You’re being micromanaged:
If, on the contrary, your every move is being scrutinized, you might want to consider to move on. This kind of behaviour proves that your manager doesn’t trust you and is a reflection of a toxic environment.
You’re afraid to speak up:
Again, if you’re surrounded by toxic people, you’ll be afraid to speak up. You’ve probably encountered difficult co-workers (please refer to my article on this topic). If you feel like you can’t comfortably express your thoughts and feelings, it’s time to move on.
There is no clear career development plan:
This one is a deal-breaker for me. I understand that the employee has to take the initiative on this one, but the main purpose of joining a company is to grow in your career, and if your manager isn’t willing to offer you guidance and support for this, then it’s probably time for a change.
So I quit!
First off, congratulations on being brave enough to know what you’re worth, to make this transition as smoothly as possible, follow these steps:
Look for another job:
This might seem obvious, but it’s not. Try to have a job offer ready before you make the move, as this will give you peace of mind. Dust off that resume and start applying for jobs.
Give your employer enough time to assimilate:
Usually you have to give notice before you leave. Whether it’s two weeks or a month, set some time aside to speak with your manager and/or HR and calmly explain the reasons for leaving and when.
Don’t burn bridges:
Keep it professional, no matter what! You never know how the tides will turn and you might need some of these people in the future, if anything, at least for a job recommendation.
Make sure to document everything and thank people before you leave, after all, the experience you’ve gained while working for them has made you grow.
Life goes on after a terrible experience. Make sure to learn as much as you can from this and apply it to your personal and professional life. Best of luck in finding a job that values you and suits you!