You may have been fantasizing about quitting your job for months, or even years. And yet, here you are, showing up to the same job everyday, with no real plan to make a change. As much as you’d like to leave, you’re not ready yet.

Being ready to quit your job is not about how underpaid you are, how unsupported you feel, or how much you can’t stand your boss. Those things may make you mad, depressed, or resentful. Those are signs that you should quit, but are not an indication that you’re ready to transition into something new.

So how do you know when you’re ready to quit? Here are 3 signs that you’re ready for a healthy, productive career change.

3 Signs You’re Ready to Quit Your Job

1 | You know what you want to do next.

When your job is making you miserable, you just want to get out. However, if you don’t know what you want from your career, it’s extremely likely that you’ll end up in another job that’s a bad fit.

When you quit, you don’t want to just run from something, you want to move toward something. You don’t have to hold out for your dream job before you give your notice, but you do want to know what your ultimate goals are so you can get a position that’s a step in the right direction.

If you’ve kept ending up in jobs you don’t like, you’ve got to learn what you want in order to break the cycle.

2 | You have a quiet confidence.

It doesn’t feel good to quit when you feel defeated. It feels amazing to quit when you know what you have to offer and are eager to share that with an employer who will value you.

It’s quite possible that you ended up in the job you have now because you have a pattern of selling yourself short.

It’s not their job to see a diamond in the rough and take a chance on you. It’s your job to own your abilities and be irresistible to the right employer. This is a quiet confidence that will inform everything you do, from your body language to clothing choice to what you highlight on your resume.

You are powerful. Find that power before you quit.

3 | You’ve had a Crossfade.

A Crossfade is a transition period where your current and future careers overlap. Your current career fades out, and your new career fades in.

This means that while you’ve been working at your job, you’ve also been researching and experimenting with whatever your new career is. That could mean starting a blog, taking some classes, volunteering, doing part time work, having a mentor, or just studying voraciously on your own.

In a Crossfade, you prepare for your new work before you make any big changes in your current career. You make way for a new job and can leave your old job with grace and confidence about your future.

Laura Simms is an expert in meaningful work who challenges conventional wisdom by asking people to ditch their passions and start with purpose.

If you have too many passions, zero passions, or can't seem to combine your passions, try her purpose-first approach to find a career you love.  


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