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How you know it's time to leave your job



With the economy still struggling and jobs hard to come by, it may not seem like the best time to consider leaving the one you have. And most of us have had moments where you sit at your desk, look out the window and think to yourself: “It’s time to quit.” So how can you tell if it really is time to move on? Here are 10 signs to look for:

You’re underpaid

If you’re in a situation where you feel unappreciated and underpaid, and there’s no prospect of a raise on the horizon, it can’t hurt to look around — as long as you do so quietly.

What promotion?

Remaining at a job for a number of years without any advancement can indicate to future potential employers that you lack ambition. You should find work that offers opportunities to grow.

No life in your work-life balance

You don’t mind working hard, but it would be nice to see daylight once in a while.

The challenge is gone

You have been doing the same task at work every single day, and no matter how many times you ask for new responsibilities, your needs are never fulfilled.

Your health and well-being

The longer you remain at a stressful job, the more damage you risk doing to yourself.

You’re clock-watching

It’s one thing to keep an eye on the time so you don’t miss your train home. It’s quite another to start your day thinking, “Only eight more hours to go ... seven, if you count lunch.”

You have no friends at work

How you interact with your co-workers is important — and if you don’t, you might want to find a more welcoming environment.

You’re not having any fun

Believe it or not, you should actually look forward to work. Being unhappy will lead you to make mistakes, lash out at others and jeopardize your job.

How you feel about your boss

Dread dealing with your supervisor? It’s time to find a new boss to work for.

Too busy daydreaming

You’re planning your vacation in your head and thinking of anything but work.

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