5 Reasons to Quit Your Job in the New Year

One of the biggest influencers on other areas of your life is likely to be your career. The work you do — including how stressful it is — can affect your relationships, health, and finances. As you consider a good starting point for making over your life, your career should be near the top of the list. Here are a few reasons you need a new job this year:

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1. Your career is going nowhere

At some point, you reach a level at which you can’t progress in your current job. If you plan to continue moving up the ladder, and there are no opportunities available at your current job, it’s time to get a new job.

Start looking for new job opportunities in other companies. In many cases, businesses are happy to hire fresh faces with good skills learned from previous experiences. You might be too familiar at your current job for your superiors to recognize your abilities, or there just might not be room for you to advance.

No matter the reason, if you feel like you have reached a point in your job that you can’t advance your career, it’s time to get a new job.

2. There aren’t opportunities for personal growth

Many of us like to feel as though our jobs provide us something worthwhile in terms of personal growth. This is only natural. You are likely to spend at least one-third of your time at work. When you work overtime, it takes up even more of your life. You don’t want to be stuck in a soul-sucking job that provides no opportunities for personal growth.

Look for a new job that allows you to grow personally. Whether it’s helping you develop new skills and abilities, or whether it’s helping you feel as though you do something meaningful with your day, a job that offers personal growth opportunities is one that you are more likely to be satisfied with.

3. You need more flexibility

We live in an era that provides a number of options for workers. We have technology that can connect us all around the world. Telecommuting is on the rise because many employers recognize that workers need flexibility. If you need more flexibility in your schedule, it’s time to look for a new job.

There are plenty of companies that allow flexible work hours, scheduled around your child’s school schedule or some other schedule that you have. Additionally, there are a number of companies that allow you the flexibility to work from home two or three days a week. As long as you can meet your deadlines and get your work done, the best companies offer options that allow you to make your work part of your lifestyle, enhancing your work/life balance.

4. Compensation isn’t adequate to what you do

While a job, for most of us, is about more than just money, the reality is that compensation matters. We’d all like to be paid more, but there are times when it becomes clear that you might not be getting paid what you are truly worth. Research salary for your position, experience, and education, factoring in your location. If it turns out that you aren’t being properly compensated, consider leaving this job for a new job.

Don’t forget to include benefits, though. You shouldn’t underestimate the value of a good health plan and a good retirement plan. You might not receive direct compensation, but if you have a good benefits package, think twice about leaving. Likewise, if your pay is adequate, but your benefits package is subpar, a new job might be a good idea.

5. It feels like a chore to go into work

We all have bad days. However, if going into work feels like an unmitigated chore, it’s time for a new job. When you don’t feel any redeeming qualities to your job, you need to mix it up and find a new job that at least provides you with some degree of satisfaction.

About the Author

Miranda writes about financial topics for several web sites. Her blog is Planting Money Seeds, and her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger, is available on Amazon.