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When Is It Time to Quit a Job?

Leaving a job can be risky, especially in a stingy job market. But sometimes you simply have to walk away for something new. We asked local career coaches: When is it time to leave?

If you get regular employee reviews, listen to what they’re telling you.

“Sometimes it comes off so clear from a performance evaluation,” says Melanie Ott of Leap Forward Coaching. “You were receiving high ratings on your evaluations for years and all of a sudden you’re getting average or less.”

Face up to that Facebook habit.

“When you find yourself spending more time on the internet and Facebook at work than you do at home, it’s time to find a new job,” career coach Carolyn Thompson says.

Decide if there’s room to grow.

“If there aren’t growth possibilities, it’s a sign you should look for something different—possibly with the same company,” says Scott Masciarelli of Clear Insights Coaching. Your skill set and interests may have changed over the years, meaning you’re better suited for a different position.

Don’t ignore your frustration.

“Say you’re complaining about your job all the time. That’s an indication that you might need to reevaluate your job satisfaction,” says Gelila Sebhatu, owner of GPS Professional Coaching.

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