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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

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.