Q&A: Should I Quit My Job? 10 Acceptable Reasons To Resign

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated May 16, 2022 | Published February 25, 2020

Updated May 16, 2022

Published February 25, 2020

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In this video, we’ll expose 15 warning signs that flag it might be time to quit your job.

While common, deciding whether to quit your job can feel like a complex and challenging process. In a recent Indeed study of active job seekers ¹, most respondents (49%) said they were looking for a new job to earn more money. Other popular reasons included:

  • Better work/life balance (26%)

  • A better work environment (21%)

  • A role that better fits their passions or interests (20%)

  • Promotion or growth opportunities (19%)

  • Better benefits like healthcare or retirement (18%)

Whatever your reasons, it can be helpful to weigh the pros and cons, identify what is influencing your decision and how to leave on good terms. In this article, we will look at common and acceptable reasons you may quit your job and the steps you should follow when submitting your resignation.

Read more: How to Quit a Job the Right Way

10 good reasons to quit your job

Quitting your job is a personal and potentially difficult decision. Whatever your reason, leaving a position is never a bad decision if it makes you feel happier, healthier or more aligned with your goals or values.

Here are just a few common reasons why quitting your job may be the best choice for you:

  1. New job

  2. Personal conflicts

  3. Dissatisfied with responsibilities

  4. Dissatisfied with work environment

  5. Feeling "stuck"

  6. Difficult schedule/hours

  7. Continuing education

  8. Relocating

  9. Changing careers

  10. Extended travel

Related: How to Explain Your Reasons for Leaving a Job

1. You got a new job

One of the most common reasons you might leave your job is if you are offered a new position elsewhere. Examining the pros and cons of leaving your current job and accepting the new one can help you determine whether the potential benefits outweigh the possible risks.

Some factors you may consider in this decision include:

  • Pay and benefits (Does the new job offer better pay or benefits? If not, is it beneficial in some other way?)

  • Opportunity (Does the new job offer opportunities for growth, promotion or career change?)

  • Work/life balance (Does the new job allow you to focus more on family, hobbies or relaxation?)

  • Satisfaction and fulfillment (Does the new job offer you personal fulfillment in a way your current job does not?)

  • Long-term career goals (Does the new job help you get where you want to be?)

  • Personal core values and mission (Does the new job align better with your personal values?)

2. You have personal conflicts or commitments

Sometimes commitments in your personal life may take priority overstaying in your job, making resignation necessary, such as:

  • Assuming long-term care for family members

  • Recovering from illness or surgery

  • Taking on full-time parenting

  • Relocation with or for a partner

These are completely acceptable and important reasons to quit a job. If you quit your job without taking another job, there are many ways to explain gaps in your employment on a resume and in interviews. Most employers are understanding of such priorities and happy to work with you, especially if you can explain how time away from your job increased your skills, qualities or abilities in some way.

Read more: How to Explain Your Reasons for Leaving a Job

3. You’re dissatisfied with your responsibilities

Feeling challenged is crucial to stay engaged and happy at work. It may be true that at some point, you no longer feel satisfied with your responsibilities and day-to-day tasks. If you feel frustrated or bored with your daily activities, it's important to first discuss the situation with your supervisor. They may be able to help you find a new role or reorient your responsibilities. If they are unable to make any changes, it may be helpful to start looking for a different position.

4. You’re dissatisfied with your work environment

There are many reasons you may feel unfulfilled by your work environment, including the following:

  • The company’s mission and values

  • The company’s leadership style

  • Your supervisor's management style

  • The culture cultivated by your team or company

  • The expectations of your team or company

If your work environment doesn’t align with your own work styles or values, it can feel counterproductive at best and toxic at worst. If you’ve already approached your supervisor about your lack of satisfaction in your environment and no changes have been made, you might consider looking for another job.

Read more: How to Deal With An Unhealthy Work Environment

5. You feel stuck or limited

It is common to seek some kind of advancement as you progress in your career. This might take the form of pay raises, promotions or benefits. You might also desire career development, which includes improving your skills, assuming more responsibility and gaining practical experience.

If you’ve expressed your desire for career development without much investment or return from your employer, you might seek other jobs that offer more reliable opportunities for advancement.

Read more: How to Give Two Weeks' Notice (With Examples)

6. You have a challenging schedule

Enjoying a healthy work-life balance is an important aspect of a job for many people. If you’re working hours that affect your physical or mental health or the health of your relationships, it may be worthwhile to find a job that offers a better schedule. Alternatively, if the problem is too few available hours at your current job to earn the right pay, you may be able to find another job with a higher paycheck or different pay rate.

7. You want to go back to school

Another reason you might choose to quit your job is to go back to school. Doing so can offer the ability to earn more money, pursue a different career, achieve certification or teach others. If you’d like to go back to school and keep your job, it may be helpful to discuss your goals with your manager before quitting to see what you can work out. Some may allow you to work a flexible or part-time schedule, and some others may even offer financial support.

8. You’re relocating

You may want or need to relocate if your partner gets a job in another city, to be closer to family, to experience a new culture or for an area with a lower cost of living. You may even choose to move because of an appealing job offer. Whatever your reason may be, moving is a completely acceptable reason to quit your job and seek out new opportunities in your new home.

If you want to keep your job, it may be worth having a conversation with your manager about your situation and whether there are any options for you to stay on with the company. Especially as COVID-19 has forced many employers to offer flexible or work-from-home options, your employer may allow you to work remotely from your new location.

Related: How to Decide Whether Relocation Is Right For You

9. You want to change careers

In a recent Indeed survey of over 8,000 job seekers, 13% of respondents identified as wanting to switch careers (i.e., job searching in a different field). Almost half of the respondents were switching fields for the first time and over a third for the second time. A desire for a better salary, career progression, and meaningful work were top reasons to switch careers. Whatever your reason, making a career change can be an exciting opportunity for you to pursue new challenges and increase job satisfaction.

Related: How to Change Careers

10. You want to travel full time

If you have the opportunity and desire to travel, study abroad or move abroad long-term, it may be the right time to quit your job. Traveling may also help you develop various skills and qualities that may help you get a new job when you return. There are also many temporary and permanent travel jobs that also allow you to travel if you require a source of income.

Read more: Resignation Letter Due to a Career Change

Q&A: How do I quit my job?

There are several important steps you can follow when quitting your job. Here are some productive suggestions:

1. Write a letter of resignation

The first step in quitting your job is typically to write a letter to your employer informing them of your intentions. This could include an explanation of why you are leaving and an estimated date for the last day you expect to come into work.

2. Meet with your supervisor or manager

After writing the letter, you will most likely want to deliver it in person. Depending on your work environment, you might schedule a meeting with your direct manager, the head of human resources or the CEO of the company. In this meeting, you can deliver your letter of resignation, say your farewell and answer any questions they might have.

3. Give notice

When notifying your employer of your leaving, it is customary to give them at least two weeks' notice if possible. You may be unable or unwilling to provide this much notice, but it is polite to try to let your employer know in advance that they will need to start looking for your replacement. However, if you feel threatened or endangered in your current work situation, it is more important for you to leave quickly than it is to give proper notice.

4. Apply for benefits

When leaving a job, you may receive a severance package from your employer. This may include your final paycheck, compensation for unused PTO or holiday breaks or a 401(k) account. Depending on the situation, you might also qualify for unemployment benefits offered by the government. If you can, research these benefits before quitting your job so that you can know what you should expect.

¹ Indeed data on behalf of US Decipher/Focus Vision, n=1000

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