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6 Good Reasons Not to Leave a Job You Hate

By Poyen Ramos on December 8, 2015

It’s a tough world out there, and if you’re working a job that you’re not exactly ecstatic about anymore, well, that just makes things worse. Imagine yourself waking up at 5 in the morning, getting stuck in the middle of EDSA traffic for two hours, and arriving at the office already sweaty and tired. By the time you start the day, you’re already bombarded with hefty paperwork and deadlines.

This may not be the case all the time, but at some point in our careers, there will be instances where we really hate our jobs. So, we start to think of the best possible option—look for another one that won't only make us happy but also fulfill our professional goals. But leaving a job isn't just about submitting that resignation letter, packing your stuff, and waving goodbye, it's also about leaving the confines of assurance, security, and career development.

Believe it or not, there have been a lot of people who've stayed (and survived) in a job they strongly dislike, and their reasons for hanging on is actually logical. Here are 6 reasons why you shouldn't leave that job you hate just yet.

1. The competition is tough.

The gruelling job market is one reason you should stay in that job you hate. Currently, the Philippine's unemployment rate is 5.6 percent, or 2.4 million people since October 2015, that number will probably increase come graduation season. And on average, an unemployed person will take about 5-7 months to look for a job—and that's just the unemployed ones. You still have to consider those in your same situation who are also actively looking for jobs. Be thankful that you're employed and are able to pay your bills, some people are still struggling looking for theirs.

2.  You can't afford it.

As much as you'd like to walk away from your job today, you still have to think about your financial obligations. Do you have a mortgage to attend to? That monthly installment for that iPhone 6? Or perhaps just providing for your family? Leaving your employer might lift off a weight on your shoulders, but it might cripple you in the long run, specially if your family relies on your income. No matter what your obligations are, you need money. If you already have a lot saved up that's enough for you to survive 7 months of unemployment, then go ahead. If not, sad to say you have to stuck it up a bit longer.

3. You don't have any other skills ready.

Before leaving, you also have to consider if you already have a handful of skills ready that may be useful in the next company you wish to apply in, specially if you're a fresh graduate. You know how some companies require at least 2 years of work experience? If you're eyeing on that company but don't have that much to offer them yet, you might need to stay longer in your current one and expand your skill set before moving. It could as easy as mastering Excel, or successfully organizing inter-company meetings. No matter how sucky your job may be, you can still get a lot of new things to learn from them.

4. Your network is not big enough.

Not every job is a worthless one. You can still make your resume look impressive just by adding your employer in, specially if you work in reputable company. So, think about the company you work in, and where they stand in the level of hierarchies. Are they notable? Will staying longer provide a resume boost and open new doors for you? Are you meeting and establishing a relationship with distinguished and high-profile people that might help you in the long run?

Trying to consider your company's influence is important, because this can actually make you or break you.

5. The perks outweigh the headaches.

Even if your job gets stressful at times or perhaps you're just not enjoying it anymore, it still has a lot of benefits to give you. Does your employer offer health benefits? Or do they give you several days of paid vacation leaves a year? You might want to consider thinking about this because those extra perks can really help you out financially. Enjoy those perks as much as possible because it all goes bye-bye if you decide to leave.

6. It's the responsible thing to do.

It is always advisable to move out from a job when you're already stagnating, and also when you reach the point of misery, even if it pays well. Do not, however, make an impulsive decision and just walk away for this can seriously complicate your finances, and also, you might risk your former employer's trust in providing you good reference.

If you hate your job, be proactive and make moves to find a job you'll love and enjoy.

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