10 Signs it’s time to quit your job

 When you are in the wrong job, not only is it a major mood killer but it can also take a toll on your mental state, health, and overall well-being. I am a firm believer in sticking things through, including sticking through a not-so-desirable job if you are learning, and it means a possible opportunity to something you really want to do in your life. But there is an exception to that belief. Sometimes, a work environment is just toxic, or it could be that you are not the right person for the job. Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s just time to move on. Here are ten signs it is time for you to quit your job.- The Confused Millennial

If you are contemplating quitting your job, let me first say I know how ya feel. When you are in the wrong job, not only is it a major mood killer but it can also take a toll on your mental state, health, and overall well-being. I am a firm believer in sticking things through, including sticking through a not-so-desirable job if you are learning, and it means a possible opportunity to something you really want to do in your life. But there is an exception to that belief. Sometimes, a work environment is just toxic, or it could be that you are not the right person for the job at hand. Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s just time to move on. Here I tackle some of the key signs you recognize when it is due time for you to quit your job.



This is not a deal breaker for many, depending on the moral at hand. But there are some morals that are more difficult to deal with. A good example is if you found out your company was conducting some shady practices, such as stealing or cheating on reviews. If this is something that does not sit well with you, then this is probably a good indicator that it is time to move on to greener pastures. If you work for a company that is stealing from their customers, think about their ethics when it comes to paying their employees. Chances are, that those same foul practices seep into other areas of their business. This is an extreme example, but another item that could rub you the wrong way could be as simple as not offering paid leave to some employees but offering it to others.



If you feel like you are not able to bring any of the skills that make you, you to the job, chances are you are probably in the wrong job. Sure it is great to be good at Microsoft Excel, be able to analyze reports, and schedule events on a calendar. However, if you are a creative person and are not able to express your creativity in any way, this is probably not the best place for you to be to express all of your abilities. If you do not know what your personal skills are, a great test to take is the Strengths Finder test*. It’s a book that details every natural ability one can have. Every book comes with a code that you use to take the test online. Once you take the test, it tells you what your natural abilities are. I love it, and after taking it, my feelings about previous positions I have held made a lot more sense.




If you are bored in your role this is probably a sign that you are not challenged enough, or it could be that you have no interest in the work you are doing there. Whichever the reason, it ain’t good and I believe is a great indicator that it is time to leave your place of work. If you feel this way, look for a role where you can have a mentor of your own, or one that gives you the opportunity to work on projects you will get excited for.



Everyone has different motivators for the work they do. For many, it is simply  being recognized for the hard work you do. This could mean hearing a “good job” from time to time, being recognized in front of your peers, or getting a monetary bonus. Whatever your incentive, being recognized for a job well done is a great way to stay motivated, and without it, it is easy to become burned out.



I know this one is a deal breaker for many Millennials since we really value our work-life balance. If you are passionate about your work then this is something you probably do without even thinking about it. However, if you are counting the hours until you can leave your job, only to be disrupted by work at home, chances are you are more than ready to leave your job for good. Just know that working when you are not on the clock should not be a requirement.




This is a big one because you spend most of your day at your job. If you do not like the people you are around, I can understand why you wouldn’t want to be there. In these cases, I find it best to try to work out whatever issues you may have with someone or avoid them if you can. If not, being around a co-worker you cannot stand can be miserable. Ask yourself: What is it you do not like about this person? See if it is something you can get past. Even if you cannot, I do not feel like this should be the sole reason for you to leave your job, unless of course the person you do not get along with is your supervisor in which case, this could really be a deal breaker. This leads me to my next point…



Believe it or not, a Gallup poll of more than 1 million people employed in the U.S. concluded that the No. 1 reason people quit their jobs is a bad boss or immediate supervisor. There are a lot of factors that can go into a bad boss. It can be someone who is mean, rude, incompetent, or simply just not good at communicating with others. What makes it difficult for you to really succeed in the workplace is if your boss does not trust you. If your boss does not trust you, they are more likely to not promote you or entrust you with any independence in your role. The best way to try to gain your boss’s trust is to work hard and prove your worth, and if you still have issues here have a sit down with them and ask what you can do to be successful in your role. If there is still no success here, then I think it is probably best to consider to leaving your job.



Millennials often run into this more often than their older peers simply because they do not know any better. We often work hard to prove ourselves in order to move up. If you are in a role where your responsibilities are increasing but your pay is not, then it’s time to either ask for a raise or get to stepping. Don’t let someone take advantage of your work ethic. There are plenty of other jobs out there that are willing to pay you more for your hard work.



Daydreaming is normal, but when you are dreaming about getting sick, getting into a car accident, or a Zombie apocalypse when at work, chances are you really hate your job. You would rather be in a bad situation just to break up the monotony of going to work. If you have reached this point already, you are long overdue for a job change.



This to me is the most important reason to leave a job, especially if you agree with any of the other reasons above. Everyone has had a sucky job at one point in time, but if it is not going to take you where you want to be, what’s the point? If you feel you are not learning anything and you can’t advance, go somewhere where they will move you up the ladder until you are where you want to be!

I hope this was helpful and also want to point out that everyone’s experiences are different so there are plenty of other signs that I may not have mentioned. If you need that final push on if you should leave your job or not I want to share a passage from one of my favorite books, The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris*.

“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek*

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Read the original article in Miss Millennia Magazine. Copyright 2016. Miss Millennia Magazine is an online Lifestyle ezine for women in their 20’s and 30’s who are transitioning into adulthood. Follow Miss Millennia Magazine on Twitter and Instagram.missmillmag

by Jasmine Watts, Editor-in-Chief at Miss Millennia Magazine. I am a fashion enthusiast with a deep passion for writing, internet marketing, and entrepreneurship. After graduating from college, my world was rocked when I realized how different college life was from “the real world”. This mentality led me to create Miss Millennia Magazine LLC, an online mag for women who were also transitioning from college life into the real world.

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  • Momma Wants Java
    July 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    This is great advice. It all boils down to whether or not you’re happy. If your job is adding no fulfillment to your life, it’s time to move on and find something else.

  • Alexis Luu
    July 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Girl, preach. I hear ya. Oh wait, I may or may not be in that boat. Thank you for this!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Haha good luck with everything Alexis!

  • Wendy Tomlinson
    July 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve always had a rule whether in business or as an employee. If I feel like I’m regularly not enjoying my work, it’s time for a change. In recent years this has meant a change of focus within my business.

    I personally feel that I can only give my best if I am enjoying my work.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Love that rule Wendy! It’s an unspoken rule within myself too!

  • SiennyLoves Drawing
    July 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Your sharing here is so true! Personally I am agreeing to 7 & 8, really wish 1 day I can quit my job and pursue my art passion on full time ☺️? Cheers,SiennyLovesDrawing

  • Becky Ginther
    July 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I’m in a love/hate relationship with my job. I can relate to some of these but particularly #3. I’m only part time but everyone jokes that I’m the "part time person doing a full time workload." Which is really not much of a joke at all. I know a lot of it is because of budget and they can’t hire anyone else or make me full time but it’s definitely the biggest incentive to look elsewhere.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Haha aren’t so many of us! Yeah it’s so unfortunate how part-time employees really end up being full time in today’s day with constant contact via our phones… don’t forget to set limits and advocate for yourself!

  • Laura Malone
    July 12, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    ugh, I know know KNOW it’s time for me to do this, which is the worst. Unfortunately I can’t quit without a safety net JUST yet… but soon… because I am stagnating like crazy with no growth and day dreaming about shark attacks at my desk.

    At least I love my coworkers and believe in my company, so that’s the positive thing!
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Thats a huge win Laura! Finding a company you can get behind is one of the biggest complaints I hear as a career coach! Definitely a nice life preserver to have! I saved up 6 months of money I felt comfortable pulling from with my emergency fund while launching my business, it was the exact safety net I needed. Hope you get some clarity!

  • Rachel Gault
    July 13, 2016 at 12:12 am

    This is such great advice!

  • Mistle Petrey
    July 13, 2016 at 1:58 am

    I love this! I have been contemplating leaving my job for awhile now. I have been sticking it out and telling myself things will get better; however, I day dream of doing far better things than my job.

  • Jenny B.
    July 13, 2016 at 3:45 am

    I’ve read so many good things about that book and I really want to check it out. I am very iffy about my job right now and hope that once I get my biz off the ground I can quit it for good.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Sending you lots of prayers and motivation Jenny!! Excited to see what you do with your biz!

  • Brittany Bergman
    July 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    These are excellent tips, Rachel! It’s so hard to be objective about making a job change, but these are definitely tell-tale signs that it’s time to move on. I’m especially big on the one about doing work when you’re not at work. That’s exactly why I left my previous job in education!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      That’s why I was so resentful at a job once! I was working 20 hours outside of work and it was driving me crazy! I seriously HATED my phone!

  • Hannah Stein
    July 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    This was such an interesting read and you make some great points. You’re totally right about everything, and if you’re experiencing any of these it’s probably time to make a change. I think a lot of stuff like this people experience but try not to think much about, especially in a time where job security can mean everything.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      totally agree with you Hannah!

  • Sarah Murphy
    July 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Great points! Definitely time for a change if you’re really unhappy. On the positive side, it’s nice to be somewhere and learn about what you don’t want to do/narrow down to what you are interested in. I had to try a few jobs that weren’t right for me before coming to my current one I love!

    x Sarah

  • Alex Berger
    July 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    All of these points are SO true! I wish it was easier to quit a job that isn’t good for you, but it’s SO hard!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      It really is! I have actually never quit… or even broken up with a person… I always self sabotage until they either fire me or dump me!

  • lnruzin
    July 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    These are all such great tips and I think some of them (especially #10 and #9) can be applied to someone looking for a job (like me!), as well!

    Lauren | http://www.alilstyleblog.com

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Nice! What type of job are you looking for?

  • Sydney Power
    July 15, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I am just getting into the career world, But those are good things to keep in mind

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      What an exciting time for you!! Good luck!

  • Greta Hollar
    July 15, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    These are all of the things I went through before I quit my job last March. These are great tips!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks for reading Greta!

  • Alix Maza
    July 16, 2016 at 12:46 am

    The GIFs are hilarious! Great tips.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • Macarena Ferreira
    July 16, 2016 at 1:28 am

    So glad I stumbled upon your blog! Love the name of it haha. Anyways, this is such great advice! Nothing is worse than feeling stuck. I, myself, just started taking online classes to get on a new career path!

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks Macarena!! What’s the new career path?

  • Bella Bucchiotti
    July 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Awesome post, I love all the great tips.


  • Amy L
    July 16, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    We talked a lot about these points in my business management class! Life is too short to be miserable at your job.
    Amy | <a href="http://pastelnpink.com/">Pastel N Pink</a>

  • Amanda Parker
    July 17, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I just quit my job and your list definitely rang true! I already feel happier and I still have a week left.


  • Molly Clifton
    July 19, 2016 at 4:10 am

    All good reasons! I recently quit my job after working there for 10 years. It was a hard decision, but I’m thankful I made the choice. Excellent post!

    Keep Smiling!
    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

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