When to Look for a New Job
You’ve been thinking about quitting your job but can’t decide if you’re ready to do it. After all, most days things are okay, but when you hit a bad week it takes the whole weekend to get over it. Sound familiar?
Here are 10 signs your brain is telling you it’s time to move on.
1. The alarm clock goes off in the morning and you never, ever want to get out of bed. Not even if it’s Friday. Not even if you bribe yourself with a double nonfat vanilla latte. Not even if it’s Free Lunch Day and your boss picks up the tab. You just don’t want to go to work.
2. You have to exercise in the morning because if you went to the gym after work you’d hurt yourself—or the person next to you. All that rage pulsing through your veins has caused you to be a tad too aggressive on the Stairmaster.
3. You no longer feel the need to show up at the office looking stylish. Who are you trying to impress, anyway? And who cares if you’re wearing all black for the third day in a row? It reflects your mood (and your ’tude).
4. You spend far too much time fantasizing about how you would quit—what you’d wear, what you’d say (“Shove it up your ass, sister!”), and how you’d finally walk away with your head held high.
5. You derive a sense of demented joy from asking a co-worker how their evening was (knowing they were at the office late) or baking cookies to bring to work (Abby’s got two weeks to squeeze into that bridesmaid dress).
6. You’ve been doing the same thing at the same job for so long that you can anticipate every quirky comment, dramatic sigh, and potential breakdown that occurs at the Monday-afternoon staff meeting.
7. You can’t muster up the desire to play nice by pitching in for Dave’s wedding gift or sweetly signing a birthday card for Claire—who everyone knows you hate working with.
8. You sometimes see your boss’ name on caller ID and put it through to voice-mail. And sometimes you don’t respond to e-mails right away. You still do your job, but not with the snappy promptness you used to pride yourself on.
9. Your favorite after-work conversation topics all have to do with your boss—what she said (“My salad has blue cheese on it?! I hate blue cheese!”) or did today (made you go through her trash looking for an invitation she probably threw out weeks ago), and how peeved you are. Your best friends—with their guy issues, body issues, and mom issues—can’t get a word in edgewise.
10. You’re a bitch. You know it. And you just don’t care.