ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

When to Leave a Job

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

Knowing when to leave a job can be one of the hardest lessons you’ll face in your professional life, especially if you’ve built your career and professional identity with a single employer over many years. But it’s important to recognize when leaving a job is the right decision for you—your career growth, income, and long-term happiness may depend on it.

You can have a great boss but a crappy company, and you might stay working there longer than you know you should. However, even with a great company, a crappy boss can make you leave a position that’s otherwise perfect on paper. If there are negative things about your job that you can’t deal with or work around, that may be a sign that it’s time to look for something else.

So how do you know when to leave a job? The promise of more money can help, but it’s usually not the underlying reason to leave. My life’s philosophy is this: Live where you want to live, work where you want to work, because you never know when something will change. It’s that simple.

Not every employer, job, or boss will be a good fit for you, and not every situation that’s ideal now will remain the right fit throughout your career. Recognizing when to leave a job is one of the most important aspects of your professional development and crucial for happiness and career satisfaction.

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