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Even in a down economy like we have today, there are definite reasons that people will not stay at their day job. It may just be time to move on, or you may feel like the job is just stressing you out way too much. Here’s a top 10 for why to move on.

1. The commute to work is killing your gas: 
It wasn’t so bad before when you were driving 45 minutes to and from work, but now maybe your finances has changed, increase in gas costs or maybe you’re car just can’t handle that commute anymore. You may need to find employment closer to home.

2. You need to do YOU:
Did you wake up today and realize that while you’ve been doing all things needed to keep “The Man” happy and making money, that you’ve let your personal goals and dreams fall to the wayside? Has your life changed and you can’t accommodate the workload anymore?

* Is there room in your job description for you to play out some of your talents/skills?
* Have you tried to talk to management about adjusting your job description to add more challenge? If there’s no way to make the job a better fit for you, then you may want to find one that is a better fit.

3. Are you ready to strike out on your own?:

You may be at a point in life that you’re ready to try out a dream or an idea that you’ve been kicking around. If you feel like self-employment is your way to bliss, then maybe you should try it out. Just be aware of the positives and negatives of owning your own business.

4. Do you feel unappreciated?: 
Nothing you do is right at work. No matter how are you try, it seems to be never enough. You’re not recognized for your achievements. If you’re feeling undervalued at your job, this may not be the place for you.

5. Bored, Bored, Bored: 
Has it become that Facebook and Twitter is your only saving grace? Do you look forward to lunch break like you did in grade school, each second of the clock tick, tick, ticking slo-o-o-owly? If you can’t find a way to make your work more interesting, it may just not be the job for you anymore.

6. Little Job Security: 
Could your job disappear next year if the grant is gone? Has your company’s customer base/profit margin been shrinking steadily? If your job isn’t secure, it might be time to get while the gettin’s good.

7. Frequently Sick: 
Do you find yourself constantly exhausted, anxious and otherwise ill? Are you finding that your job is negatively affecting your mental health? This may be your body’s way of telling you it’s time to give that two-week’s notice.

8. You know you’ve got a bad reputation and it isn’t just talk, talk, talk: 
If you’re considered the office skank, backstabber, liar, cheater, etc…etc…it may be time to start over with a clean slate.

9. You can’t stand your boss: 
He makes you want to poke your eyes out with a rusty spoon. Just smelling her perfume makes you retch. Before giving a real-life version of that scene in Half-Baked (Eff you, Eff you, You’re cool. I’m out.), try to resolve the situation.

* Can you be transferred to a different department?
* Can you talk to your manager about what’s bugging you?
* If you’re going to quit anyway, talk to HR or your manager’s supervisor to see if there’s a solution. If none  of these tips works, then do what you got to do.

10. Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money:

You’re not getting increases in pay, bonuses don’t happen. You’re stuck and can’t make a vertical climb up the ladder. If you need to make more cash, and it’s not worth it to you to pick up a part-time job (or maybe there’s not enough time in your day for that) then you might want to consider moving on.

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