When is it time to move on?

When you have worked at the same job for many years, some people develop ‘job burnout’. It’s a relatively easy condition to spot in other people but far more difficult to identify within yourself.


  • It’s difficult to admit you have held onto a position too long
  • There isn’t a single good enough reason to leave
  • You are in a comfort zone, change may bring unease
  • You are confident in your position although there is no challenge.

The problem does not lie in knowing when to quit, it is realising that changing jobs may enhance your life, whether that is through rejuvenated job satisfaction, meeting new people or receiving more money.

So how is knowing when to quit possible? What are the signs of your own job burnout?

  • When you don't want to get out of bed because it's a workday
  • When you have to convince yourself not to turn around on the way to work
  • When the irritability overwhelms you enough to effect family and friends
  • When you can no longer respond positively to anything or anyone while working
  • When all you are able to do is complain at work or about work
  • When you know you are wasting your time being at your job
  • When you catch yourself looking daily at different income opportunities
  • When spending one minute more than you have to seems too much.

Knowing when to quit is one thing; doing something about it is another.

So, if you have realised you have ‘job burnout’ start looking and applying for another job now. Don’t leave it too late, that you become so frustrated you leave with no position to go to and no other form of income.