You need to quit your job.
Maybe not this moment, maybe not even this month. But you need to quit by summer.
Sure, you’ve got a good thing going. Except the pay isn’t great, the hours are long, the work is boring and you still don’t get along with your coworkers after two years. But why quit? The job market is terrible. You’re lucky and fortunate.
Never mind that this job isn’t your endgame. Lots of people work jobs they don’t like until something better comes along. Maybe you should forget this article and go check Facebook again.
Time is running out.
You need to quit by summer. It doesn’t matter how much you’re making or how good the experience will look on your resume someday. If you’ve been working at a job for more than 12 months and deep down (maybe three to four tequila shots down), you know it isn’t right for you — it’s time to find a better job.
Here are three reasons why:
1. The world needs you, Superman
You have the potential to be the best in the world at something.
You may not know what that is yet. That’s OK. What’s not OK is spending more time with catty coworkers than you do with your family and not working toward a better dream. The consequences are too dangerous. If you’re flipping burgers or making chai lattes, that’s awesome, but only if it’s moving you in the right direction. (Click here to tweet this thought.)
The world needs you to be the best at something, which you are. Maybe it’s time you got back on track to make this place better.
2. Making a leap of faith gives other traits a massive boost
Ever feel like you’re in a rut? That you’re so stuck in the same routines, the same traits, that you’re afraid to try and make new friends, reluctant to approach the other sex and bored by the same dinners every night?
Well, all that can change, too.
Big change often means big confidence. It’s like a shot of adrenaline to the veins, like chugging Red Bull. Bam.
Want to jump on that diet or gym routine? Start branching out to meet new people? Finally learn how to skateboard, play the banjo or start a blog? Everything will receive a massive boost of confidence from a leap of faith this big.
3. Better jobs are looking for you
That’s the most common excuse 20-somethings give: there aren’t any better jobs.
But they’re not on Craigslist, Monster, job board emails or any other of those sites. Those tools offer entry-level jobs with low pay and garner massive response numbers.
That HR assistant job you emailed your resume to already had 120 responses in the first two hours of its publication. Those SEO writer, receptionist, line cook and marketing assistant posts, even the sign-twirling position, were flooded with resumes.
The best jobs are usually available to those who know someone, which probably stops 95 percent of applicants. No one wants to take the time to conduct informational interviews or likes sending cold emails to new LinkedIn connections offering to buy coffee or asking their boss for tips. But for those who do…
Better jobs exist.
Anthony Moore discusses post-college awesomeness on his website, stuffgradslike.com, and on Twitter. He’s not much different than you: roguishly attractive, dashingly sophisticated and a lover of fine eateries like Wendy’s and Domino’s.