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When to Quit a Job

Savvy Community: When Did You Decide to Leave Your Job?

An anonymous Savvy Community member shares her job woes with the Ask Savvy group. Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments below.

So, lately I feel depressed and underappreciated and I don't bother about having a raise.

I wake up and dress whatever I happen to see in my closet, and I don't care about choosing clothes (I am not such a person in real life). These eight hours seem to me like 80, and I take every chance I can get to not to go to work, to stay home and do silly things or go to gym. I spend my salary over taxis and I don't remember over what else. I've been working here for two and a half years, but I only have good relations with one employee. I can't concentrate and I don't want to.

Have you been there before? Should I leave my job?

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PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 5 years
I feel the same right now...
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I would be actively and covertly searching for a job like two weeks ago. Meanwhile, I would change that attitude and start faking like I enjoy the job. Just to build a good list of references.
Emily-Co Emily-Co 6 years
This is a pretty tough situation. Your health is the most important factor in your life so try to evaluate your situation and see if you can afford to quit. If you don't have the funds to support yourself, money problems are also another stressor so you should keep that in mind. I agree with snarkypants on faking it till you make it. Good references are definitely important to your job search. You should put your efforts into looking for a new job since your current one makes you so unhappy. Good luck with your job hunt and remember not to let your negativity about your current job leak into your interview!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
About 10 years ago I quit my job because I absolutely hated my boss. It was the best thing I ever did and I felt as if a cloud lifted off of me as soon as I walked out the front door. I didn't have anything lined up but I didn't care and it took about 2 months for me to find a new job (with better pay). But things are different now so I'd suggest you actively look for new employment and get outta where you're at as soon as you find something else.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
greg, that's easier said than done. i've felt the exact same way as the OP for 6 years now. i've applied to >250 jobs without any luck. it's easy to say, "just leave", but actually leaving is nowhere near that easy. to the OP, i'd start looking for new employment ASAP. it could take a while, so, in the meantime, fake it so you can get good references. good luck in the job hunt, i hope yours is more successful than mine!
GregS GregS 6 years
Don't think your employer hasn't noticed. If you're unhappy at work, sh** or get off the pot. One day you'll call in and the boss will tell you not to bother coming back. Find a job you like, or work at the one you've got until something better comes along. Avoidance will get you nowhere but fired.
Helen-Danger Helen-Danger 6 years
Feel free to leave at any time. It's better than being let go for moping around with a bad attitude. They'd call it something else, of course. Like not being a team player, or finding the workload too stressful, or having a hard time adapting to change, or having issues with your work life balance. You might try faking enthusiasm for a while before you leave. You need references and contacts for finding another job. While you're searching, act as peppy and go go go as you can. The goal is to make them miss you once you're gone and leave with a stellar record.
missmaryb missmaryb 6 years
I would hang on to the job until something else comes along. You can start getting your resume out there and filling out applications. As much as it sucks to be stuck in a job you hate, it's better than having no job at all. Good luck.
gamergal gamergal 6 years
Choosing to leave your job is up to you. I had a similar experience and hated the job I had. I did my job well, but I felt that no one appreciated what I did and the fake friendly attitudes of my coworkers just made things worse. BUT If you need the money and don't have another source of income lined up, you're probably going to have to suck it up and stay for a while until you find something that makes you happier. Everyone should have a job they enjoy. Tough it out for a while longer and do some job-hunting. Once you've found something you think you will be happy with, put in your two weeks, and count down the days!
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