My office on my last day
My office on my last day

There were several signs that told me it was time for me to quit my job. The most glaring of which was every morning the first thing out of my mouth was “f*@k!”  I never wanted to go to work. NEVER.  Even on the days that I worked from home I didn’t want to get out of bed. I got a promotion which should have been a good thing but it was over 50 miles away from my house and in LA traffic that often equaled up to 2 hours of traffic.  There is nothing worse than spending 2 hours trying to get to a job you don’t want to go to.

The second thing was I worked for the IRS. You would think that would be a pretty secure job. But between the Tea Party and a Republican controlled Congress, the constant threat of defunding, budget cuts and promotion and hiring freezes killed employee morale. I was also way too educated for my job. I’m not saying that I was smarter than everyone else. Just over educated. I began to get annoyed by the fact that I had a BA, an MA and an MBA and many of the people in my chain of command couldn’t say the same. I’d come from the private sector where your education was your ticket in.  But in this branch of the government, education is completely disregarded.  I felt that my efforts and talents would be better served in private practice. I also really got irritated every time I wanted to take a trip and I had to “request” the time off! See how it all comes back around to the travel?

Most people can’t just quit. Thankfully I have a great support system. No kids and I live at home with my dad. The bills I have are my own fault. So once I figured out how to set aside a few months worth of bill money. I walked. But I did it the right way. At least I think I did. I gave my boss plenty of warning. I didn’t leave with any hard feelings or regret. I wasn’t bitter. I was just ready to go. I still see and talk to my former co-workers often. I didn’t hate my job or the IRS. I just wanted a different life for myself. And here I am!

9 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job by Travis Bradberry

If you’re like most people, you spend more of your valuable waking hours at work than you do anywhere else. It’s critical that you spend your time at the right company, pursuing the right opportunity.

Choosing to leave a job can be a gut-wrenching decision. You need to know that you’re making the right choice.

Here are the telltale signs that it might be time to move on.

 1. You dread going to work. We all get a case of the Mondays from time to time, but if even thinking about your job fills you with dread, it’s probably time to leave. Don’t keep telling yourself you’re having a bad week if what you really have is a job that’s a bad fit.

 2. You know more than your boss. It’s frustrating to work for someone you believe to be less skilled or knowledgeable than you are, but the real issue is deeper than that. If you can’t trust your company’s leadership to make good decisions and steer the ship in the right direction, you’ll be living in a constant state of anxiety. And, if you’re right that your bosses don’t know what they’re doing, you could find yourself out of a job when the company goes under.

 3. The company is circling the drain. A recent study showed that 71 percent of small businesses close their doors by their 10th year of operation. If you’re worried about your company’s health, there’s a good chance you’re right. Watch for clues, like suddenly needing management approval for even minor expenses, an increase in closed-door meetings, or an increased number of upper-management departures. If you suspect that the business is in trouble, it may be time to leave. If you wait until the company closes, you’ll be in the job market competing against your former co-workers.

 4. You’re out of the loop. Does it seem like you’re always the last one to hear about what’s going on at work? If you’re left out of meetings, rarely get face time with upper management, and have never even heard of the big project everyone else is so excited about, that could mean that your bosses just see you as a body filling a desk, rather than as a valuable contributor. That’s bad news for your career and may mean it’s time to leave.

 5. You’ve lost your passion. Even if you love the company, your boss, and your co-workers, it’s not worth the effort if you hate the work. Passion is a necessary ingredient for success. If you’re unenthusiastic or even indifferent about the work you do, it’s time to reassess your career.

 6. You have a bad boss who isn’t going anywhere. Bosses come and go, which is why conventional wisdom says that it’s best to just wait a bad boss out. But that’s not always the right move. If you have a bad boss who’s well-liked by upper management, it may be time to leave. In addition to making you miserable every day, a two-faced manager who’s loved by the higher ups can wreak havoc on your career by taking credit for your work, bad-mouthing you to others, and blaming you for things that go wrong.

 7. There’s no room for advancement. It’s easy to get stuck in a job and, if you love what you’re doing, getting stuck can be comfortable. However, it’s important to remember that every job should enhance your skills, and add to your value as an employee. If you’re not learning anything new, and are just puttering around doing the same old thing while people around you get promotions and plum assignments, it’s time to look elsewhere.

 8. Your health is suffering. No paycheck is worth sacrificing your health. Job stress can lead to depression, insomnia, headaches, frequent illness, and worse. Don’t let this happen to you.

 9. Your personal life is suffering. Whether you work too many hours or you’re stressed and miserable when you come home, it’s time to leave when your job starts affecting your personal life.

 Bringing it all together. Staying in a bad job for too long can be very harmful to your career. If you’ve tried everything you can think of to make things better and haven’t seen any big changes, it may be time to move on.

If you do decide to leave, be smart about it. Don’t burn bridges by venting about all of the reasons you’re leaving. That accomplishes nothing, and could even haunt you later. Instead, simply explain that you’re leaving to pursue another opportunity, and then do so graciously.