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Reasons to Quit a Job

10 Good Reasons to Quit Your Job

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Be prepared to answer questions about why you're quitting your job.

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Before you quit a job, you should be very sure that you want to quit. Hating your job might not be a good enough reason to quit unless you have another job lined up. That said, there are legitimate reasons to quit a job.

There are also circumstances beyond your control where quitting may be the only viable option. Here are the top 10 warning signs that you need a new job.

Sometimes, even if the work environment is difficult, it can be strategic to give another reason for quitting other than you hate working at the company. Being polite about quitting can help you quit without burning any bridges.

10 Good Reasons to Quit Your Job

A New Job. Obviously, the best reason to give for quitting a job is that you've found a new one. Before you quit your job though, make sure that you've covered all the bases, including having a confirmed job offer and a cleaned out computer and office, before you quit.

You Hate Your Job. Don't quit your job right away, even if you hate it. It's better to strategically plan your departure so you're leaving on your terms and you're not scrambling to find another job. Here's what to do if you hate your job.

Illness. A reason that can get you off the "bad employee who quit" hook is illness. Either personal or family illnesses are legitimate reasons to quit a job, and sometimes a sudden illness can be an excuse to leave a position. If it's a legitimate reason to quit i.e. someone is really sick, make sure that you have continued health insurance coverage after you leave.

Difficult Work Environment. Co-workers, bosses, and a negative office environment can all make your job difficult. In fact, they can make your workplace a place where you simply don't want to be. Once you have tried every option, you may need to make a decision to leave. Here's how to make a decision to leave a difficult workplace and move on.

Schedules and Hours. When you lose child care or your work schedule is changed and it's difficult for you to adjust, you may need to quit your job and look for one that is more accommodating to your personal schedule. Leaving a job because of scheduling issues is a legitimate reason for quitting a job.

Back to School. Going back to school, either on a part-time or full-time basis can necessitate a job change. Given your school schedule, your current employment may no longer be a fit.

Career Change. I know more than a few people who have quit a professional job because they want to do something different or they don't want to deal with stress or travel any longer.

Relocation. When you move, you, of course, have to quit your job unless there are opportunities to relocate with the company. If you are interested in keeping your job when you move, check to see if relocation is an option.

Permanent Position. If you're working as a temp or at a part-time job and want to move on, one of the best reasons to give for quitting is that you have found a permanent full-time position.

What Your Gut Tells You. One of the best mentors I ever had used to tell me that the best way to make decisions was to listen to your gut. He said it worked with hiring, with deciding to accept a job, or deciding to quit a job. He was right. If your gut is telling you to quit, listen to it. Here's how to resign with class.

What To Say When You Quit

Not sure what to say when you give a reason to quit your job? Here are sample resignation letters that cover just about every scenario for quitting a job mentioned above and here's what to say when you quit your job in-person.

Giving Notice

In most cases, it's standard to give two weeks notice. However, in some cases you may be unwilling or unable to provide notice. Here are reasons for quitting without notice.

Unemployment When You Quit

if you quit your job without good cause you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. Here's information on eligibility for unemployment when you quit.

Answering Interview Questions

You'll need to be prepared to answer interview questions about why you quit your job. Here are sample answers you can edit to fit your own circumstances.

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