When Is The Right Time To Quit A Job?
We all know that song made famous by Johnny Paycheck, “Take this Job and Shove It,” and many of us have fantasized about marching into the tyrannical boss’ office and telling them in no uncertain terms that they can take a long walk off of a short pier. Common sense prevails, though, and most of the time, we silently suffer in hostile and often toxic workplaces simply because we need the money or benefits. So, that begs the question, "When is the right time to quit a job?" It depends, say experts. But one thing you never want to do is storm out in protest. You never want to cave into an emotional impulse in the heat of the moment... deciding to quit a job should be a well-thought out and rationalized decision. There are many things to consider. Leaving a job without having another one lined up puts your entire career at risk due to the potential for an extended period of unemployment while you try to land another position. Plus, there’s the financial wallop to your savings account until your next real paycheck. Then, there’s the resulting liability on your resume when a gap appears between jobs which always raises the eyebrows of potential employers. But aside from these usual warnings, what do you do if things are so bad that you can’t take it anymore? The decision truly falls on you conducting an assessment of your current circumstances, and you will need to weigh the pros and cons of staying or leaving to figure out the right decision for your unique situation. But most professionals would agree that the following situations are compelling reasons to pull up stakes and cut your losses: