It’s obvious that it’s time for a change, but how exactly should you go about leaving a job—especially when the unemployment rate is hovering at 7.5%?
Guess what? You’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by recruiting software maker Jobvite, three out of four Americans are either actively searching for a new job—or seriously considering it.
“The reasons range across the board,” says Stacia Pierce, CEO of Ultimate Lifestyle Enterprises, a life coaching firm. ”Some have become bored to death with their jobs, while others want more money and more opportunities.”
So we decided to check in with three intrepid professionals to find out how they pulled off leaving cushy gigs for something more fulfilling—proving that work shouldn’t have to be a grind.
Overstaying a Job Welcome
As a government employee for 12 years, 35-year-old Kory Chaumley of Orlando, Fla., had a steady paycheck, job security and great benefits.
Despite these coveted perks, the computer technician wasn’t happy—and it began to affect his health. “I hated going to work to the point that I would get sick or just call in sick,” he says.
According to Chaumley, his long-standing funk was a mixture of boredom from being in a job where many of his tasks had become rote and working with outdated technology. As the years went by, he says, his mundane work existence began to wear on him.
Although it was clear that he was suffering from job burnout, Chaumley was afraid to leave. “Since we were working with older technology, I didn’t think that my tech skills were marketable anymore,” he explains.
As a career coach, Pierce has seen this scenario before. “If you’re getting physically sick at the thought of work, it’s time to find a new job,” she says. “A lot of people, like Chaumley, simply outgrow a position, and there’s no room for them to advance at the organization—these are also signs that it’s time to make a change.”