emergency exitFlying without a net. Scary, huh?

What is even scarier is staying in a job that you’re overqualified for and treated poorly, thereby making you a downright unhappy camper.  We know it all too well — that pit in the stomach feeling on Sunday night when you simply dread the upcoming work week.

Here are three reasons to help you discover the right time to potentially walk away from a situation that’s only getting worse. Keep in mind everyone’s financial situation is different so this is technically our disclaimer for moving forward at your own risk. (That said, you can’t reap rewards without risks, right?)

1. It’s a toxic work environment. As in extremely abusive. People mistreat you and although you try not to take it personally, they may also mistreat each other (hey, at least it’s not personal, right? Half-kidding). What’s even worse is this horrible behavior is considered normal.

Nobody flinches when someone makes an inappropriate comment and even if you try to point it out, they brush it under the rug. Now, we’re not saying you should tell your boss today to talk to the hand as you make a prompt exit but there could be ways to work through the issues. Why not schedule a meeting with your boss and/or human resources to point these things out? If it still doesn’t change and remains unbearable, at least you can say you tried to stick it out.

2. You’re miserable and you’ve felt this way for a while. You may have an insurmountable workload that’s simply impossible to accomplish. Maybe your department used to have five staffers and now it’s down to two. Hooray! You didn’t lose your job during lay offs but guess what that little non-pink slip gift means? More work.

Similar to the situation in the first point, why not speak to your boss about the unrelentless 41 deadlines on your plate due in two days and see if you may have access to more resources? You really have nothing to lose since you’re already in a situation that’s destined for doom with morale that will sink as well. At that point, what quality will your work be anyway? And how effective will you be on job interviews feeling and looking lethargic instead of appearing polished and confident?

See where we’re going with this? Identify the top reasons making you want to take this job and shove it and try to rectify the situation. It’s a personal preference; you can go directly to resigning – heck, you can do whatever you want – but we like to cover all our bases here so we can look back and say we tried everything before accepting the only viable option as moving on.

3. You have had enough of the intense commute, non-existent work-life balance, not getting recognized, all of the above.

Keep in mind everyone’s pain threshold is different as someone may be able to tolerate a long commute and you may be oh-so-done with it. You may be on the job for only a month to know it’s not what you signed up for and it’s not going to get any better. Or you may be in it for two years so it “looks good” on your resume and ready to finally call it quits. The time varies so we won’t go ahead and say after a certain number of months you have the green light to go. It’s dependent upon your personal situation, pain tolerance and of course, finances.

Finances are usually the number one reason why people stay in a job longer than they wanted to in order to wait for another job to come along. The issue with being incredibly unhappy in a current job is sometimes job seekers jump at the first offer that comes along because it’s a way out even though it’s not a much better situation.

As for the other reason to convince yourself to stay longer, it’s usually to have more time elapse to look good on a resume to future employers. Sure, you don’t want to look like a job hopper but from a recruiter’s standpoint which your friend here at MJD has done, hires have been made and offers have been extended to candidates who left a job because the absurd stress levels were not worth staying. High blood pressure, anyone?

What’s the worst thing that can happen when you’re asked why you left a job after six months? Sometimes making a clean break and leaving, restoring your energy to moving forward is the best thing to do when you have exhausted all other options.