Nowadays, it seems no one stays at a job very long, and data shows that millennials are especially prone to hop around until they find what they like.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to ZipRecruiter co-founder and CEO Ian Siegel, but leaving a job isn’t the kind of thing you want to do on a whim. As Siegel writes in a fantastic Fortune post titled “Never Quit a Job You Hate Without First Doing This,” changing jobs can speed your rise to the top but also mark you foul in the eyes of employers. You want to be seen as a go-getter, but not as someone with no loyalty or follow-through.
The “this” Siegel refers to in the article’s title is actually three things — a trio of questions you should ask yourself before giving your notice at a job and heading someplace else. The first: “Are you miserable?” As Siegel says, no one should dread going to work, and if you’ve reached the point where every day is a struggle, it’s probably time to split. That being said, Siegel recommends looking first to see if the situation might be improved. Voice your unhappiness to a supervisor and perhaps even present a business plan for how you role might change. It’s worth a shot.
Next up: “Are you making enough money?” Here, the key word is “enough,” as Siegel recommends thinking about the type of lifestyle you want. While money shouldn’t be the only consideration when it comes to charting your career, you want to give yourself enough cash to ensure you can do the things you find important. If you’re not definitely not getting what you need, it’s time to mosey.
Lastly, Siegel says you should ask, “Am I being mentored?” Professional development is vital, and the importance of having a more seasoned person in your corner to guide you on your journey cannot be overstated. “A great mentor is more likely to clear the path toward higher compensation and job satisfaction than an impulsive job change,” Siegel writes. Take stock of your situation, and if you don’t see anyone filling this role, it’s another strong sign it’s OK to leave.