Ask Vicki: When should I quit a job?

In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi tells you the warning signs that should make you quit a job.

Ask Vicki: When should I quit a job?

Each week, Monster’s career expert Vicki Salemi—a former recruiter who utilizes 15-plus years of experience in recruiting and human resources to empower job seekers—answers user questions on Quora. We’ll be republishing the answers here. If you have a question for Vicki, send it to

Vicki Salemi

Q. When should I quit a job?

A. There’s no right or wrong answer to this question. Some job seekers have told me they want to quit because they’re just sick of their company, their commute, or their job. Simply stated, they needed a change of scenery. That’s a valid reason.

Other people want to quit because they’re underpaid, work for a toxic boss, have been passed over for a promotion, or don’t feel surrounded by smart, ethical people. These are all valid reasons to quit a job.

Overall, when you’re being treated poorly, start searching for a new job. Also, be on the lookout for signs that your company is not performing too well in the marketplace. Are budgets are on hold? Are there cutbacks? Are they nickel-and-diming everything, right down to not filling the printer with paper? Those are other signs that you should look for the nearest exit door.

Overall though, don’t wait until you become miserable before you look for a new job. Otherwise, you’ll likely get so fed up that you’ll want to quit, and you’ll take any job that comes along, whether or not it’s the right one for you.

Keep your eyes open for new opportunities at all times. Set up job alerts on Monster so opportunities can land in your inbox, see what’s out there, and know your worth. 

Looking for more expert insights? Join Monster today. As a member, you'll get career advice and useful tips sent directly to your inbox to help you craft your resume, ace the interview, negotiate the offer, and much more. 

Read Vicki Salemi's answer to "When should I quit a job?" on Quora.