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How To Quit a Job That’s Bad for You

Quit Your Job

You will have a lot of jobs in your twenties.

There’s the job you take when you first get out of college because you really need a job and have rent to pay. Then you’ll probably land that first job in your field that will make you question if you even chose the right field. Of course there’s the job where you start off at the bottom of the totem pole and work your little butt off trying to pay your dues.

Then perhaps by the time you reach your mid to late twenties, you’ll have finally landed on your feet and established some stability for yourself. For those of you who landed your dream job outright, the rest of us envy you. Some of us have had miserable jobs and held on to them just for the sake of having a job.

Trust me, there is such a thing as a job being bad for you. Here’s how you quit:

Before you get frustrated and just leave your job, make sure you spend some time really reflecting on your experience first.

Ask yourself why you want to quit. You are in the workforce so it’s going to be important for you to recognize that every day is not going to be your best day. If you want to quit because you had one bad day, I encourage you to stick it out and evaluate why the day was bad and how you can have a better day. Perhaps you can ask for help. Try communicating your needs to your boss and colleagues.

We’re certainly not encouraging you to be a quitter without doing your best first and trying to make things work to the best of your ability. However, sometimes it might be best for you to leave a job.

Let’s look at some examples: if find yourself getting physically sick because a job is causing you excessive amounts of stress, it may not be the place for you. If you’re falling behind on all of your other obligations and priorities because your job is incredibly demanding, it may not be providing you with the flexibility that you need. If you are being harassed, severely mistreated or abused at your place of work, that’s certainly not a good environment for you to be in. If you also find that your personal morals and value system are not in alignment with your job, this may cause a problem for you in the future as well.

There are many reasons that a job can turn out to be a lot less than the dream you had hoped it would be, and that’s okay. Your decision to stay or to go will be based on the elements of your job that are important to you. Sometimes it is worth it to stick it out, but other times it may be much more beneficial for you to leave a position for the sake of your sanity.

Once you’ve made up your mind to quit a job for whatever reason, make sure that you communicate with your boss.

Sit them down and have a private conversation. Don’t let them leave them a voice mail or let them know in an email. Let them know why you’ve decided to leave and give them adequate notice so that they can prepare themselves. Even if you’re quitting because you resent your job or your boss, you always want to maintain the highest level of professionalism you can. Burning bridges in the real world is never a good idea.

Ultimately, you have to do what is best for yourself. Hopefully by this point in your career you are aware of what your capabilities and limitations are, so if you’ve reached your threshold and are no longer functioning properly in and out of the workplace, take care of yourself. There’s no shame in that.

Make sure that you’ve got a plan for yourself, whether it’s lining up a new job or padding your savings to get by for a while. Refocus. You’ll be back to your awesome productive self in no time.

Have you ever quit a job that was bad for you? How did it go? 

About the Author

Geralyn Dexter

Geralyn holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and a MS in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys reading, yoga and art. Within the next three years, she hopes to complete her doctorate and transition from practicing therapy in a community setting to having her own private practice.


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