Is it time to break up with your job?

10 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With Your Job (in Memes)

If you find yourself reading this, it's most likely because you're questioning your current relationship with your career. Maybe things have gotten stale, or perhaps you've gotten trapped into something that you initially didn't want to be "that serious." Feelings change – we get it! But if you've been having mixed emotions for some time now, it might be best to call it quits and start searching for a new opportunity. Here are 10 signs it's time to break up with your job (in memes).   


1) You’re underpaid and undervalued.

Do I love my job? No.


It's safe to admit that we don't always love our job. But if you have a job that you dislike and you are also underpaid and undervalued, well, that's just the icing on top of the already not-so-good cake. Suppose you find yourself not doing something you should be because "you don't get paid enough for that." In this case, it's more than likely time to find either a career that pays you what you deserve or a job that you can at least enjoy.


2) You worry about Monday or dread showing up at all.

Someone looking through binoculars with the caps on the lenses.


Do you remember being excited the day you started your current job? Perhaps that high note lasted the first couple of weeks or even months. You'd show up early, go the extra mile, and were happy to work with your team. Now ask yourself, are you excited to show up the next day, or do you have a case of the “Monday Blues”? If you dread showing up – any day of the week – that's your cue to leave.


3) You don’t care anymore.

Going to work when I first started my job vs. now.


On the days you decide to drag yourself in, you show up late, coffee in hand, tie aloof, and hair a mess. Who cares? Not you! If you can't even find the motivation to get up in time, put yourself together, and show up, you most likely won’t put in your best work. It's probably time to find a career that motivates you to be your best self every single day.


4) Little things feel overwhelming.

Angela from TV show The Office crying about the holiday party.


Think about the TV show, "The Office," when Angela is overwhelmed by Michael's request to change Christmas party plans last minute, and it makes her cry. Or remember the classic workplace comedy, "Office Space," when the characters take the printer outside and destroy it with a baseball bat because it seems to work? If you find yourself experiencing moments like these, it might be time to ask: Is it the planning the office party that's stressful, or is it just your office? Your job should not cause you to sweat the small stuff.


5) You're physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted.

Cruella driving with a crazy look in her eyes.


In general, life can feel hard to keep up with sometimes, but it becomes even more challenging when your career feels all-consuming. We've all heard of the importance of a work/life balance. You should never feel like your job demands are more important than the needs of your life. If you're in a state where you're leaving text messages unanswered, are not eating or drinking properly, or are just plain exhausted, consider moving on.  


Your next great opportunity awaits.


6) Nothing you do is ever enough, and you can never seem to win.

Boss telling his employee that rest assured, his work will go undervalued.


Put it this way: When you come in on your day off, no one says a word; but when you're five minutes late, your boss feels the need to call you out. Sound familiar? Time after time, despite all your best efforts, you can never seem to win. The truth is that many employers don't see the value of recognizing efforts, and the motivation and sense of security it can bring to their employees. If you have a desire to work for a company that gives you the recognition (and pay) that you deserve, start looking elsewhere now.


7) You have no passion for what you do.

Taking a quiz at work to find out what type of garlic bread you are.


Maybe you're behind on work because you're reading this blog. And if you're reading this blog, don't you think that's a sign it's time to leave in itself? Clocking in and going through the motions might pay the bills, but if you don't have any passion for what you do daily, you'll get burnt out fast, which can take a toll on your mental well-being. If you've thought about what else you could be doing – even if it was just for a second – that would make you happier in life, then it's time to explore some other options.


8) You’re down-right bored.

When your boss calls, but you've got a good rubber pencil thing going.


Does it feel like time stands still while you're on the clock? Being bored is usually an obvious sign that your skills and talents aren't being used the way they should be. If you're sitting on the job taking a personality quiz (like our previous example) or practicing your rubber-pencil skills, it could be time to consider a more fulfilling role.


9) You're not using your skills, or your role feels meaningless.

A woman vacuuming the desert.


Does your current job feel about as meaningless as this woman vacuuming the desert? Yikes. As we mentioned, boredom and lack of passion are sure-fire signs it’s time to find a new gig. But having to make yourself look busy takes underutilizing your talents to a whole new level. If you find yourself minimizing Solitaire or picking up your tools when your boss rounds the corner, update your resume and look elsewhere.


10) You’re not growing.

Chris from TV show Parks and Recreation asking what he should be doing at work.


Time flies when you're having fun! But it also seems to fly even if you aren't. Suppose you find you've been committed to your job for some time now, but you keep doing the same mundane tasks, time and time again. In that case, it's an indication that you should start a conversation with management to see where this role is taking you. Relationships, even professional ones, work best when everyone communicates. If no one is willing to listen, it could be time to start networking to see what else is out there.   

Everyone deserves a job they love. Start searching for "the one" for you today on iHire.

By Alexia Hasbrouck | February 08, 2021
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