November 24, 2017

12 Acceptable Reasons For Quitting A Job

Thinking about quitting your job? That’s certainly not a decision to take lightly. As a professional, it’s your duty to think through the consequences of your actions before you make a major decision. As we all know, there are both good reasons and bad reasons for quitting a job. It’s up to you to decide if quitting is the right move for you.

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Let’s take a look at a handful of acceptable reasons for quitting a job:

  1. Lack Of Leadership – When you have no role models or mentors to look up to in your workplace, it can be demoralizing.
  2. Lack Of Recognition – Did you just land the big account? Close a major sale? Or did something else that’s equally impressive? You deserve recognition for you hard work. If the company turns a blind eye or takes credit for your work, that’s no good.
  3. Dead End Job If there’s no room for advancement or raises, it’s time to move on.
  4. Despise Going To Work – Living for the weekend and hating the workweek is no way to go through life. If your job makes you unhappy, that’s unacceptable.
  5. Better Opportunities Exist Elsewhere – Sometimes when an opportunity presents itself you have to jump on it.
  6. Personal Reasons – This is a broad reasons but might include everything from family issues to illnesses.
  7. Negative Work Environment – If your boss, co-workers, and clients make your life miserable, it’s time to move on.
  8. Demanding Schedules – Are you working around the clock and making peanuts? Unrealistic schedules that cut into your work/life balance can be a real downer.
  9. Boredom – If your tedious job makes your head hurt because you’re bored out of you mind, it might be time to find a job that challenges you.
  10. Stress Levels Through The Roof – Constant stress is not good for your health. If your job demands too much from you, you need to learn to relax or you need to land a different job.
  11. Major Changes – Are you ready for a switch? Relocating, going back to school, or changing career paths, are major life changes that directly affect your ability to do your job.
  12. Financial Reasons – If you love your job, but you can’t afford to live the life you want to live,  it might not be the right job for you.

Is It Better To Quit Or Get Fired?

As you can see there are plenty of reasons for quitting a job. It’s up to you to decide why you want to quit and if it makes since for you to leave your current position. No blog post can decide that for you. What we can tell you is that quitting your job is not a decision to be made without seriously considering the consequences of your actions.

When you decide to leave your job, you’re going to need a good reason to do so. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll ultimately be asked why you left your last job once you’re back in the job search. You need to be able to justify your decision making so that it doesn’t damage your professional reputation.

If you do decide to quit your job, think it through first. Make a plan for unemployment and know what you want to do next. Don’t quit in a blaze of glory and burn your bridges. Instead sit down with your boss and discuss the situation. Write a proper letter of resignation and give your company at least two weeks notice to find a replacement. Quitting your job is totally acceptable, but when you quit, please do so gracefully.

To help streamline your career transitions, stop by JobMonkey.com to learn about other job options that exist out there. When you’re ready to kickstart your job search, visit JobMonkeyJobs.com to search and apply for cool jobs all over the world. Good luck!

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About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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