Career Planning Leaving a Job Reasons to Quit a Job You Love By Alison Doyle Alison Doyle Facebook Twitter Website Alison Doyle is one of the nation’s foremost career experts and has counseled both students and corporations on hiring practices. She has given hundreds of interviews on the topic for outlets including The New York Times, BBC News, and LinkedIn. Alison founded CareerToolBelt.com and has been an expert in the field for more than 20 years. learn about our editorial policies Updated on October 18, 2021 Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Seb Oliver / Cultura / Getty Images Are you thinking of quitting a job you love? You wouldn’t be the first. The typical worker stays at a job for about four years before moving on to greener pastures, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While some of those folks are fleeing situations they can’t wait to leave behind, others are changing jobs for more complicated reasons. Maybe you love your job, but you’re concerned about becoming obsolete because you’ve been in one position for a while. Perhaps your hours are too long, or your commute is too grueling. Sometimes, the reasons to stay outweigh the reasons to go—even when you like what you do. Here Are 7 Reasons to Quit a Job You Love Review these signs that it could be time to quit the job you love and consider moving on. 1. More Money The most obvious reason to quit a job that you love is more money. It doesn’t matter how much you love your job if you’re stressed over paying the bills every month and can’t make ends meet. Before you start a job search or quit, find out how much you’re worth in today’s job market. It’s important to be sure that you actually can get a bigger paycheck if you turn in your notice. 2. Better Work-Life Balance Is your job getting in the way of your life? Maybe you’re struggling to balance family responsibilities with your professional duties. Perhaps your commute is getting in the way of doing anything but work—leaving you with little time for other interests. These factors can be signals that it’s time to consider other job options that are a better fit for where you are in your life now. 3. A Change of Scenery You may want to live closer to family or relocate to a different climate. Or maybe you’re tired of the city and want to try life in the country (or vice versa). These are all good reasons to consider quitting. 4. Better Long-Term Prospects Do you seem to be stuck on a rung on the career ladder and going nowhere—or were you expecting a promotion you didn’t get? If the future at your company isn’t shaping up as you expected, it might be time to consider starting a job search. Remember, it never hurts to see what’s available and what else you can do. 5. There’s Nowhere Left to Go Have you maxed out what you can accomplish in this job? If so, you have a couple of choices. You can stay long-term if you’re happy in this role and aren’t expecting more out of your career. Or you could consider moving to a company with more options for career growth. 6. It’s Time to Try Something Different Maybe you’re getting close to retirement age, and you want to check out alternative career paths while you still have time to. Is there something that you want to do while you still can? Loving your job doesn’t mean you have to keep it. What did you want to do when you were growing up? Take a free career test (or two) to see what your future might hold. It’s never too late to start over. 7. You’re About to Get Fired Do you love your job, but it doesn’t love you? If you’re not getting along with your boss or your colleagues or you simply can’t do the job as well as you should, it might be time to consider a move. Get Ready to Job Search Confidentially It's important to keep your job search confidential until you have another position lined up. Don’t jeopardize your current job while you look for your next opportunity. The Best Way to Quit Your Job When you love your job, it can be really hard to turn in your resignation. It’s not just the job you’re leaving. It can be like losing part of your family. Leaving on the right note can help you maintain those relationships. To quit the right way, remember to: Give Appropriate Notice In most cases, this means giving at least two weeks’ notice. Note See your employee handbook or employment contract for your company’s preferences on giving notice. Write a Resignation Letter Even though it’s a good idea to discuss your decision with your manager in person, you’ll want a formal record of your decision. Be sure that your resignation letter has all the necessary information, including your last day of employment. Be Gracious Saying thank you is easier when you mean it, but there will be a lot on your mind during the transition. Don’t forget to thank your manager and teammates for the opportunities and support they’ve given you. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Employee Tenure Survey.” Accessed Aug. 17, 2021.