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Before You Quit, Analyze What the Real Problem Is

“Should I quit my job?” is a question we’ve all asked ourselves at one point or another. If you wait until you’re at your breaking point, you might end up choosing a quick “exit job” rather than taking the best next step for your career.  

Publish Date: September 23, 2020

Instead, take a more proactive approach, before your frustration builds. At least once a year, evaluate how you feel about your company, your position, and your career. Maybe you’ve noticed people you respect are leaving the company, profits are down, or changes are implemented with little notice or rationale. This could be a sign that your organization is the problem, and you might want to look for a similar job with another employer. Perhaps you don’t have opportunities to learn and grow, or you work for a boss who is impeding your career. In this case, your job might not be a good fit, and you might seek out a position in another part of your company. Lastly, consider whether you’re actually prepared to take your next career step. If not, focus on building your career assets — your reputation, your industry knowledge, or your network, for example — to equip yourself to make a move in the near future.

This tip is adapted from “Don’t Quit Your Job Before Asking Yourself These Questions,” by Priscilla Claman.

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