The Quitting Test | 10 Signs it is Time to Look for a New Job

When is the right time to quit? When is too soon, or too late? Knowing when to leave a role is one of the most important decisions that you will need to make in managing a successful career. This week’s podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar with Karen Burns author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use !

Karen (aka working girl) has had 59 jobs in all, she has been a dishwasher, teacher, waitress, envelope sorter, middle manager, model and consultant. Karen quit 58 times (she was only fired once) she is an expert in knowing when to leave for a new role. Karen shared “knowing when to quit and how to quit, are fundamental skills in managing your career.” I would whole heartedly agree with that statement, it is a skill that develops with practice. I find that many people stay in a job too long for a variety of reasons:

  • 1. Too loyal (yes, you can be too loyal)
  • 2. Don’t enjoy job hunting.
  • 3. Unsure about where to go next in their career.
  • 4. Not prepared for new opportunity.
  • 5. Job security (which we know, is not exactly a reality these days)

In some ways quitting has a “branding” issue, we have often heard “Don’t be a quitter.” What I mean by quitting is, when is the right time to leave a job and go to a better opportunity. I call this the “going to a new role” principle, when we know we are going to a new role we are not “quitting” we are “going”. When is it the right time to leave? When you have signs. Karen has a great tool in her book, the quitting check list. Answer yes or no to the following questions to see if it is time to quit.

The Quitting Test.

  • 1. You are being asked to do something illegal or unethical.
  • 2. You get lousy or no raises (or your pay cheque bounces)
  • 3. You feel tired by 10 a.m.
  • 4. You call in sick when you aren’t sick.
  • 5. You hate your boss (or your boss hates you)
  • 6. You aren’t promoted because your company “needs you where you are”
  • 7. Your job turned out to be not what was promised
  • 8. You know you are doing a great job but don’t care.
  • 9. You gain, or lose, a substantial amount of weight.
  • 10. You have no friends outside of work.

How many of the above did you answer “yes” to?

< 4 You may need more time to discover if things can be changed for the better.
4 to 7 Get together your game plan to move forward.
>7 Start packing your career bags…you have permission to leave.

Taking the time to get the facts is key, often when we react out of emotions this is where we make poor decisions. Taking the time to analyze the facts and get the right information, is fundamental in great decision making. Feelings need to be grounded with facts.

One client shared “Alan, this tool was really helpful in getting clarity, now I ‘know’ it is the right time.” Knowing is key, now you can start the process of creating a job-search campaign. Not to worry, I can help you reduce the time, and stress of landing a new role (maybe for even more money).

Know when to move on to a new role by joining The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar. This is a three-part series that will teach you the newest and most effective ways to land that better role sooner with less stress. You will learn all about Knowing and Branding Yourself, Landing the Role, and Succeeding in your New Career.

Don’t let yourself get in the way of having a great career. As Karen commented, “knowing when to quit and how to quit are fundamental skills in managing your career.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Knowing, along the road with you!

Alan