I Hate My Job!! Should I Quit?

I Hate My Job!!  Should I Quit?

Unless you have been lucky enough to inherit wealth or won the lottery, we all know that everyone needs a job!  Sometimes jobs are rewarding, valuable, and exciting!  Conversely, sometimes jobs just plod on and seems to go nowhere.  Indeed, everyone gets stressed out at work from time to time or occasionally hates their job.  But, what do you do if you hate your job all of the time?  What do you do when the job you have doesn’t bring you advanced career skills?  Or, what do you do when you do not seem to “click” with your colleagues—or worse: you do not get along at all. What do you do when your job isn’t intellectually or personally stimulating? Is it best to cut your losses and quit such a job to seek out a better opportunity?  Here, we discuss what you should do if you find that your job is not a good fit and help you determine if quitting it would be the best decision for you and your career goals.

If you find yourself in this situation, before you make a rash decision, take some time to step back and reflect on your job and your professional progress, as objectively as possible. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does the job provide for me financially so that I can live comfortably and balance work and life in a reasonable way?
  2. Am I ready to move on mentally? Is there perhaps anything I can still gain from my current position, even if it is not my ideal job at the moment?
  3. Am I stalling my professional growth and potential by staying here?

After considering these points thoroughly, think about where you want to head next in your career.  If you look at your current job and truly feel as though you are not gaining anything that can help you further toward your goals, then perhaps it may be time to consider taking a new path.

Further, before leaving your current job or quitting, attempt to be proactive about improving your current situation.  If there is an issue with your job, try to pick one area of where you may be able to accomplish some workplace improvement and pick a deadline achieve improvement.  If time passes and you are unable to meet your deadline or there is no improvement, even after a concerted effort on you part, it may be time to consider making a move.  If, even after all this self-reflection, you decide that it is in your best interest to move on, think about what you will do in your next position.

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Do you hate your job?  Are you looking for a new opportunity?  Would you like some help in working through these tips or would you like assistance with your job search strategy, contact a Career Counselor with Lexacount Search’s Career Consulting Services.  Or, if you are seeking a new finance/accounting position, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Finance Group.  Or, if you are seeking a position as a lawyer or legal assistant, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Legal Group.

Jacqueline Hill, Esq.

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Jacqueline Hill is a partner at Lexacount Search, where she places top senior-level and other legal talent with law firms and corporate legal departments across the United States. She has been writing about careers, lawyers, attorney professional development, and the legal industry for more than a decade. She can be reached at jacqueline.hill@lexacount.com or 215-740-0104, extension 101.

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