Waking up every day hating your life, dreading your commute to the office, crying at your desk because you’re just so miserable: don’t worry, I’ve been there but you don’t need to be.
It is far worse to stay at a job that you just know is not for you than it is to jump ship and find new ground.
While every single job comes with upsides and downsides (even working for yourself, trust me on this) you shouldn’t wake up every single day upset to go to the office and you shouldn’t accept this as ok.
Here’s how to tell when you should quit your current job and how you can exit gracefully.
When To Quit: Your Current Job That Is
You’re No Longer Learning
If you feel like you stopped learning a long time ago, it’s time for you to go.
Whether it’s your boss who is stifling your ability to learn, the lack of challenges, or absence of training, failure to learn boils down to a failure to grow.
There’s No Upward Mobility
If you aren’t getting promoted, your boss isn’t discussing a plan on how you can move ahead at the company, and other people around you are suffering from a lack of upward mobility too, it’s time to pack your bags babe.
A company that isn’t interested in advancing its employees is one that is not investing in them and that’s dire. Not a recipe for success and not conducive to a positive work environment.
You’re Underpaid & That’s Not Getting Resolved
I struggled for far too long accepting being underpaid for what I was…until I woke up and did something about it. Don’t let this be you.
If you’re underpaid and that’s just not going to get fixed, there is no reason for you to stay at your current company.
If you need help asking for a raise, here you go, and if you have asked and it’s always no, adios!
Your Coworkers Are The Worst
If you find yourself agreeing with Britney “You’re toxic, I’m slipping under” and not in a good way, you shouldn’t stay.
Toxic and out of control coworkers, along with ones that never get reprimanded for their atrocious behavior to others, should have you packing your bags.
Nobody deserves to be forced to work alongside that!
If there’s like a mass exodus going on and your fellow team mates are jumping ship, it’s time for you to jump on that band wagon.
It took me a long time to realize that this was probably one of the worst signs you can see in a company, but I’m here to tell you now this should be a reason to book a one way ticket out of there.
High turnover is just highly problematic and indicative of poor management.
How To Exit Gracefully
Even if you hate everyone you work with and for with the white hot intensity of a billion suns, you still need to pull it together and exit gracefully.
You never know who you’re going to encounter up and down the corporate ladder, so be as professional and kind as you can at all times. It will pay off. I promise.
First things first, don’t quit with less than 2 weeks notice. 2 weeks is standard and anything less is just rude. Really, don’t burn bridges, even if you want to, because corporate America is mighty small honey.
In regards to a letter of resignation, don’t email your boss saying you’re quitting. After you let them know, they will ask for one so they can put it on file, but to initially let your boss know you’re leaving, call them and let them know if they do not work in the same office as you. If they do work in your office, ask to schedule time to speak with them, and tell them face to face.
Here’s a script for you and this has severed me well with every job I have ever quit:
“Thank you so much for everything; it’s been a pleasure working with you. My last day will be September 21st as I have accepted another offer.
I’ve thought a lot about this and it was a difficult decision, but this is the best next step for my career. I truly appreciate everything you have taught me and I hope we can maybe work together again in the future.”
You can end with saying you’re happy to help with anything they need to make the transition easier. Done. And you didn’t torch any relationships in the process.
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label and is also the Chief Chick at Chipchick.com which reaches millions of women each month.
Bre is passionate about keeping women informed of the latest technology trends and products to improve their lifestyle and believes in providing real, useful information and advice to her readers.