You’re frustrated, bitter, and fantasizing about getting out. When you hate your job, the negative feelings can consume you. But, while it’s important to leave if you must, it’s more important to make an informed and thought-out decision. Business News Daily listed 10 reasons you shouldn’t quit your job – take stock of each one and make sure leaving is right for you.
Reason #1. You don’t have a plan.
No matter how badly you want to leave your job, ditching without a plan can put you in an even worse predicament. Do you have a job lined up? Can you easily find one if you don’t? How long can you live on savings if your plans fall through?
Reason #2. You don’t have any savings.
Never jump without a safety net. Even if you think you have a stellar position lined up, sometimes the unexpected happens and you’ll find yourself without a job or job prospects. That’s not to say you should be paranoid, but it’s always better to save up than be without.
Reason #3. You’re not done learning.
Even if you hate the job you’re in, it may have some valuable lessons left to teach. When companies look at your resume, they tally up the number of years you spent performing one job or another. Sometimes sticking around a job for a while longer means the difference between being labeled as “entry level” or “experienced.”
Reason #4. Things could get better.
Take a tally on why you hate your job. How many reasons are subject to change? How many might be in the future? If there’s a possibility that the negative aspects of your work might go away, consider sticking around. It’s not worth leaving a job that’s beneficial to your career because of something that might change anyway.
Reason #5. You’re just quitting for a bigger paycheck.
Don’t let dollar signs dull your thinking. There’s a lot more that goes into a satisfying job than the paycheck, and many aren’t worth sacrificing. Although more money can buy you some nicer things, they won’t impact your quality of life if you have to work exceptionally long hours, or your dislike the company, or you hate the work itself. Unless you have a strict time-table in mind and a good reason, don’t focus on money alone.
Reason #6. You’re only quitting because someone said you should.
Some people might tell you to quit for various reasons, but ultimately you should pay attention to your own needs. You have the best idea of what your job does for you, so take care to measure every piece of advice given you hear.
Reason #7. You’re not thinking logically.
It’s hard not to feel a tangle of emotions when you hate your job, but you have to pick through them to make the right decision. No matter how heated or inconsolable you might feel, don’t take any actions until you’re calm and collected. Write down lists of pros and cons, get feedback from others, and remember to breathe.
Reason #8. You’re wearing rose-colored glasses.
Don’t assume that new opportunities are necessarily better opportunities. Just because the prospective job might be something you don’t hate, you might loath it in a few months. Before accepting a new position, take time to seriously consider whether or not it will benefit you.
Reason #9. You can make big changes without quitting.
If you think carefully about why you’re dissatisfied, the answer might not be dissatisfaction with your job. Sometimes, your dissatisfaction is caused by a lack of working on projects you feel passionately about. Depending on what they are you might not need to quit. If, for example, you want to start your own business, consider working on it in your free time so you’ll have the safety net of a stable income.
Reason #10. Your resume will suffer.
If you’ve only been at the new job for a few months, you should probably stick it out. If you can’t put up with the job long enough to get two or three years of experience under your belt, try to stay for at least a year. Employers will look at a months-long stint warily.
Top 10 Reasons to Quit Your Job
Reason #1: You have had enough
That’s it, you’ve had enough, you’re tired, you’re sick of your job. You can’t take it anymore, time to quit. Bad idea. The thing to do is to fix whatever it is that’s making you tired and sick of your job, not to bail out. Bail out and you will have the same problems again.
It’s a bit like the bad workman blaming his tools – the problem here is unlikely to be the job but rather how you deal with it. You need to fix the root cause of whatever problems you are having, or at least explore these fully to establish with some certainty that it actually is the job – in which case, by all means change it – but refer to Reason #1 above and secure your next move first before you quit.
Reason #2: You are working long hours
Seriously – work long hours if you have to because you are committed to your job. I am not for working long hours just for the sake of it or when it’s not really needed. Working long hours every day is not commitment. It’s stupidity. The answer to this problem is to stop working long hours. Address the problem rather than running away from it by quitting your job.
Reason #3: Your Boss Hates You
Really? First of all establish if this is the true situation or a limiting belief you have. If it is the true situation, then you need to find out why. Address the problem at source. Don’t let your boss win. You work for your company, not for your boss. Your relationship with your boss can be changes. If it’s too late for that, then your boss can be changed too.
It’s probably much easier to ask for a transfer internally than to seek a whole new job – it may not seem so at first but by staying with the same company you are preserving the work, reputation and relationships you have to date at that company along with other things.
Reason #4: You Can’t Do It
Once your company has employed you into a given role, then they have a duty of care to you as their employee. If you find that you are asked to do something you are not capable of doing then don’t suffer in silence, ask for help. Don’t see this as failure, see it as a level of maturity that you have to stick up your hand and get the help and resources you need in order to do what you’ve been asked to do. This is definitely not a reason to quit your job.
Reason #5: You Deserve Better
Maybe you do. But worrying and complaining about it isn’t going to help your situation, anybody around you or your chances of the situation improving any time soon. Time to take some action then. If you do deserve better, then define what better looks like. Once you know what better looks like, then work out what it will take to get there. This is not something that is going to be solved by quitting.
Reason #6: Your Work Doesn’t Fulfill You
This is an interesting one. If you are in a relatively well paid job but feeling unfulfilled, ask yourself if your job is really the place you need to get that fulfillment. If you want to be an artist, would the problem be solved if you set about your artistic venture and kept your job? If your job is the place you need to get your fulfillment, can you take on new responsibilities at work which give you that? Can you afford to take a little more risk? Often these ideas seem wonderful at first, but when your passion becomes your job, it can very often lose some of its sparkle…Think carefully before jumping ship with this particular justification…
Reason #7: You’re Worried About Being Sacked
OK, unless you’re throwing chairs across the office or smashing windows, you shouldn’t be worried about getting sacked. What I’m referring to is instances of what your employer would call misconduct. They may re-structure and make you redundant (via a procedure which includes fair warning, an opportunity to look for other roles because it is the role which is redundant, not you, and a financial package including your notice period if you do have to go). So you shouldn’t be worried about being sacked.
Reason #8: You Are Being ‘Managed Out’
In these difficult economic times, many employers are feeling the squeeze. It’s not unusual for employers to try and ‘manage out’ staff to save on their costs. They can’t just sack you and redundancy costs money. It may be that your role is being shifted to a lower cost location or you’re just too expensive for the firm to keep – there are any number of reasons and firms often get this really wrong, dropping swathes of employees to reduce costs, then realizing they’ve gone too far and replacing them with more expensive contractors and consultants. Don’t take it personally, it’s just business.
It seems awful but in these times is more and more of a reality – at least in big corporate and particularly at senior levels – you can be made to feel very uncomfortable in the workplace in the hope that this will encourage you to leave of your own accord. One word…Don’t.
Whenever you leave anything, do so on your terms. If you think you are part of a process to try and manage you out, then start finding ways to use this to your advantage. Do something about it. It’s a little too complicated a subject to go into detail here, but a good awareness of the situation is a start.
Reason #9: You Are Stressed / Need a Break
Stress is one of those things that a lot of people don’t realize until it’s too late. If you need a break, take a break. In fact, if your employment was the thing that caused you stress in the first place, then perhaps your employer actually owes you some compensation for that – even more reason not to quit!
Reason #10: You’ve Hit a Glass Ceiling
Some people hit what they call a ‘glass ceiling’ and start getting very frustrated with their work. They are working all of the hours god sends, doing everything that is asked of them, however ridiculous, but still get passed up for promotion for another year – so they try even harder – and so on, and so on…Companies profit very well from this situation.
Before you get burned out think about taking a step back and re-evaluating your priorities. People in this particular situation are usually fairly well paid already and actually have a pretty decent situation but it doesn’t seem like that, they’ve been worked so hard and have such a heavy sense of responsibility to the firm that they can no longer see the wood for the trees.
If you are able to take a (BIG) step back, you may just find a way out which keeps a decent income, removes a lot of the pressure and burden of work (e.g. by accepting the fact that you may not get the promotion and killing yourself working so hard probably isn’t the best route there anyway) and gives you a much more balanced life without any drastic action (such as quitting or making yourself ill) needed.
6 Reasons to Quit Your Job and Join the Alternative Lending Industry
Reason #1: Traditional Banks
Banks are no longer a reliable source of funding, making the alternative lending industry the fastest growing market segment in America. There is a better time to enter into this industry then now.
This industry very profitable in good economic times, but also thrives under weak economic conditions. The majority of America’s small business owners are currently being declined by banks that have been hit hard by the credit crunch. Despite what you may hear in the news, there are actually many non bank lenders that are very solvent and are willing to lend money to businesses for all credit types. These are the kinds of lenders that you will be doing business with through these programs and earning large commissions in the process.
Reason #2: The Financial Partner Roles Program
The different partner roles program helps you create income while working in the business category that best fits your objectives. For instance there are three categories you can work in…
Referral Partner:In this role you’ll focus on small business funding and influence relationship building leading to loan applications. No origination activity required. This program is ideal for sales and service oriented people, either focused on loans or adding a new profit center to existing activity.
Senior Loan Advisor: In this role you’ll step up from Referral Partner Program to assume a role in the details of loan origination. This is a strong step toward active entrepreneurship in the financial services industry and leads to many financial rewards.
Senior Vice-President: In this role you’re now ready to create a team of Loan Advisors. In this role you get larger commission percentages plus over-rides and a national-scope opportunity.
Reason #3: Reaching Your Financial Goals through Financial Funding Education
Working in this industry requires excellent fundamental knowledge. You’ll get unmatched education and training that is divided into two phases.
(1): Quick Launch Program provides the fundamentals that create early financial success for you and forward momentum.
(2): Winner Circle Savvy Program: The difference between those who make 80% of industry sales and those who make the 20% are found in this training program.
Reason #4: The Financial Partner Program
The alternative lending marketplace is still largely unregulated. It is filled with horror stories of gross overcharges and hidden fees, costs, and requirements. There is a growing set of discount lenders and other players offering none of the services that small business owners need to make the right decisions, today and tomorrow.
In this program you’ll get a strategy that is based on a sincere commitment to the long-term success of your small business clients. You’ll actively ensure that the loan you offer a client is the best possible alternative. Then, you’ll stay in touch with your clients, offering financial advice and general business assistance for their ongoing success.
This is a win-win-win outcome for your small businesses prospect, and you. You are an active partner creating long-term relationships with your clients that lead to continued business and direct referrals.
Reason #5: The Financial Partner Personal Marketing System
You’ll get full marketing and sales support that helps you: (1): Identify prospects; (2): Communicate your value proposition effectively and close the sale; (3): Follow-up that relentlessly closes sales and (4): Systematically build referrals and cross-sell opportunities for you.
Reason #6: The Ease in Getting Started
If you are having challenges with you job and you can’t decide if you should quit your job Contact Bernard Samuel, Jr., MBA at 415-506-7517 to discuss this opportunity.
He is seeking talented, motivated people. NOT an “any warm body”. If you are talented and motivated, you’d be joining a program that understands (1): You want an REAL opportunity to reach the financial goals you’ve set. (2): You want to focus on the things that make money. (3): And you expect infrastructure that makes your life simpler.
An important part of the selection process is that of gauging an applicant’s sincerity and ability to communicate effectively. Contact him to schedule a phone brief session to discuss any issues you have and to cover specific launch steps.
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