Are you thinking of quitting your job?
If so, that’s ok. Most of us have all been there.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 3 million Americans quit their jobs every month.
Many of us struggle to find the “perfect” job and can start to feel the itch when we know a job just isn’t working out.
Below are my top 5 reason you should think hard about quitting your job, today!
1. My salary is too damn low
Is your salary too low?
Perhaps you have a feeling your colleagues are making much more than you.
Maybe you started your position at a lower salary just to get your foot in the door.
Or for your industry and skills, you know you could be making far more somewhere else.
Here is one tool you can use to gauge your suspicions.
This tool is great!
It allows you to enter a job title or company, then a location.
You’ll be presented with an average salary for your criteria at both a national and local level.
Glassdoor Salaries isn’t perfect because it doesn’t appear to report detailed data like benefits. However, it should add some clarity to your situation.
If you know you are underpaid and can make more, advance your career, help your family move forward, then it may be time to jump ship.
2. My job makes me cringe
Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning to go to work?
Are you unable to pursue your passions at work?
Do you no longer enjoy your job?
Perhaps you aren’t being challenged enough or you are no longer working on projects that excite you?
Do you hate your job, but are staying because the benefits are just too good to give up?
Are you merely going through the motions and delaying the inevitable?
If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to kick your job to the curb and find another.
3. My colleagues hold me back
Let me quote the words of a the very famous motivational speaker, Jim Rohn,
“We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with”
We spend a lot of time at our jobs and with our colleagues.
Make no mistake, your colleagues will rub off on you, for better or for worse.
When I was a kid, I played year round club soccer. We were California state champions multiple years and had some very talented players. Many of us also played on the state team, some on the regional team, and others on the national team.
We were very good.
Once we all got into high school, we would take a short break from club soccer to allow each of us to play for our individual high school soccer teams.
After the high school season was over, we would come back together to continue club ball.
During those initial practices, I remember our coach being very frustrated at our level of play or lack of.
We would return to club soccer having played around much less skilled players on our high school teams.
This brought our skills down to their level and it clearly showed.
If you want to keep your skills and career moving forward, make sure your team is one of the best.
4. My commute sucks
As a kid, I lived in California.
Some of my very young years were spent in the Bay area, near San Francisco.
Prices of homes were relatively high there as they still are now.
My parents wanted to buy a home, but could only afford one by moving inward toward the valley.
So that’s what they did.
My father kept his job in the bay, which left him with a hefty commute.
There were days he would sleep in the back of his truck camper, just to save some of the back and forth.
In all, his commute was around 90 miles each way.
With morning commute traffic, he would spend around 4 to 5 hours each day, driving.
I remember my pops telling me, “those two years of commuting took 10 years off my life”.
I know some of you reading this now can relate to this story.
If you do, don’t wait another day. Quit and find something better.
You deserve a better life, just like my father did.
5. My work is not recognized or rewarded
I am going to assume you are a top employee.
I am not talking about showing up on time or staying the right amount of hours in a day.
Anyone can do that.
I am talking about a producer. Someone who adds lots of value to the company.
Someone who is smart and makes the company money.
If this is you, then you should be moving up in the ranks.
You should be recognized for the value you add.
Your boss should be saying “thank you”.
You should be getting promotions.
You should be getting solid raises and bonuses.
I am not talking about silly 1k or 2k yearly raises here. I am talking about 5k, 10k, 20k+ raises.
If you aren’t being recognized and appreciated, then it’s time to say good bye.
So What’s Next?
So where do you go from here … ?
Well, only you can decide that for yourself, but let me tell you what I did.
You see, I can relate very well to 4 out of the 5 reason listed above from previous positions at different companies.
I have fortunately never had to deal with a bad commute.
So what did I do?
I became a consultant. But not just at any company. At Eccella.
I was always curious about being a consultant.
I worked beside many consultants who helped us deliver multiple data projects. I knew they made good money and got lots of good experience.
So a couple years ago I finally jumped into the consulting arena. Even with a wife, 2 kids, and 1 more on the way.
Since joining, I have never looked back.
Let me tell you how consulting at Eccella has reversed my top 5 reasons for quitting …
1. My salary is stellar
Looking back in the not too distant past, my salary and bonus now, are more than double what I used to make even as recent as 5 years ago.
There are also endless opportunities to make even more money.
I can sell software to a client and get a commission.
I can also help the company land a new client through my connections and receive a hefty bonus.
The sky is the limit.
2. My job makes me smile
While no job is perfect, as a consultant I have a ton of opportunity to grow and challenge myself.
As a consultant, I am the asset. This means, both the company and I are invested in making me better.
The better I am, the more money they can bill a client for my services. The more I can bill for, the more the company makes and the more I will make.
Having more technical skills also helps me fit more project profiles. This means I get the variety I am after and the company has more flexibility to put me on different projects.
I get access to endless training and can jump from one client to another if it excites me or am bored with my current project.
You get the picture 🙂
3. My colleagues are uber smart, connected, and fun
At Eccella, our culture is to hire smart people. Ones that can figure things out fast.
We have hired many Ivy leaguers and MIT graduates.
Many of us are also very well connected in the data world.
More than this, everyone hired must fit the fun culture that is Eccella.
We have ping pong tables, beer pong Friday’s, and a beer fridge.
We hold yearly, regional, all personnel events, where we spend the weekend learning the latest technologies, team building, and have a blast out on the town.
Being around great people has made me better, makes our services great, and provides a wonderful work environment.
Our people are amazing and it elevates me to work with such impressive talent.
4. My commute is minimal
Most of us at Eccella all have the ability to work remotely. Personally, I work from home about 90% of the time.
There is some travel of course. We have to take care of our clients. But this usually only means travelling about once a month.
Each of us have has different situations based on our individual client’s needs and our roles.
However, I have been pleasantly surprised with how little time I personally have had to spend commuting.
5. There is no lack of recognition
At Eccella, there is no lack of recognition. Great work is greatly rewarded.
Within the first year of working at Eccella, I received a big promotion and earned our US quarterly Eccellarator award.
My boss and colleagues have all recognized me for the great work I have done and continue to do.
We celebrate every year someone has been at the company not just a 5, 10, or 20 year anniversary.
We recognize every birthday.
We get awesome Christmas gifts.
This recognition and the company’s commitment to celebrate its employees makes us all feel very important.
Are you ready for something new and exciting
If you are thinking of quitting a job or just stumbled upon this post and are looking for a new exciting career.
Eccella and NGData (our parent company) have many amazing job opportunities currently open.
Take a look at the links below to see all our amazing positions. We specialize in data, but you do not have to have a background in data to apply.
Remember, we are looking for smart people, who fit into the Eccella culture.
We are currently looking to hire big data scientist, big data software consultants, project managers, marketing managers, business consultants, R & D engineers, accountants, analysts, data warehousing managers, HR managers, MDM Solutions architects, QA managers, recruiters, senior consultants, and data architects.
First, I would love to meet and chat with you.
Second, I will make sure you connect with the right person to expedite a potential interview.
Let me end with this …
As the saying goes, “Life is not a dress rehearsal”.
So if you are no longer excited about your job or possibly your life.
What are you waiting for?
Find something that excites you. Whether that’s consulting or something entirely different.
Live your life with an obsession to be great, do great things, and you will have a great life.
I hold a B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in System Engineering. I have also earned a Big Data and Social Analytics Certification from MIT.
Eccella is a high end, boutique style consulting firm focused, on creating data driven companies.
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