Ask Sallie: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Quit Your Job? (Video)

By Sallie Krawcheck

Sometimes when you’re in a bad job, it’s obvious that you need to find a new one. But sometimes it doesn’t feel so cut and dried — some days you want to leave, but some days it feels like you could still make it work for you.

So how do you know when it’s time to go? Here’s Sallie’s advice.

Sallie’s answer:

This is a hard one to answer because, you know, you don’t want to do this too often. And I know we all receive the message that you’ve got to hustle, and you’ve got to work harder.

As women, we tend to receive the message that you can own your success, so if you’re not feeling great about your job, if you’re not getting promoted, the implied message is that it’s you — you need to buy a new book about how to be successful; you need to work harder; your presentation needs to be better.

But sometimes it’s really not you; it’s them. Sometimes you work for a boss who’s not very good. Sometimes you work for a boss who doesn’t like you very much. Sometimes you work for a boss who’s never going to promote you.

And so yes, try hard. But there’s a point in time when if you’re unhappy and you’ve tried for some period of months, you need to ... it’s time to go.


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Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck is the Founder & CEO of Ellevest.