There’s nothing wrong with looking for greener pastures. In fact, a corporate shift can actually help you move up the ladder—but only if done at the right time and for the right reasons. While there can be so many things that can cause you to make snap decisions, remember that suddenly resigning from your job without putting a lot of thought into it can have severe professional and financial repercussions. Don’t go overboard with the drama and scream “I quit” if the reason behind it is:

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Your manager is criticizing your work.

Criticisms may not be good to hear, but constructive ones are valuable, especially coming from a person who has more experience in the industry than you. Just because your manager may be strict or because this is the nth time she has called you to her office doesn’t mean that she’s out to get you. Of course, it’s a different story if she really wants to make your life miserable, but more often than not, good managers spend time training their team—be glad that you’re in that position, because once the mentoring stops and the workload lessens, it may mean that the company does not consider you an asset anymore.

You’ve got personal issues with a colleague.

As cold as it sounds, you go to the office to work: life-long friendships are just a beautiful and enjoyable bonus. If you and your work wife suddenly have a falling out of sorts, your first priority of handing in output still stands. Yes, it may be difficult to adjust to the awkwardness and to be efficient especially if someone is staring daggers at you, but it’s really no reason to sacrifice your career for.

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You’ve been passed over for a promotion.

Having someone else who has the same position as you be promoted first can be frustrating, especially if you’ve been working really hard for it; however, you also have to consider the reasons why she got it before you. Maybe she’s improved a lot, or maybe she has changed several office policies for the better. The point is, she probably deserved it, and your time hasn’t come yet. Don’t jump ship just because you have this “How about me?” attitude going (because it only proves that your boss’ decision of not upping your paygrade is right). If you really want honest feedback, talk to management. Maybe they can also help you with your career path.

You’re overwhelmed with responsibilities.

Reality check: we all are. Your task list will never really be completely empty, so you basically just have to buckle up and brave through it all. Resigning because you’re “overwhelmed” shows that you’re not great with handling pressure and you don’t know how to manage your time. (Also, saying that you’re overwhelmed during your exit interview just really sounds like you’re whining.) Being overwhelmed is different from being overworked (the latter being a legit reason to go), so before you submit your resignation letter because there seems to be so much on your plate, pause and think—is the workload really that daunting? If not and it’s just all about organizing your life, then sayang naman, right?

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You feel like you’re still not successful.

So you’ve just seen your high school classmate’s IG stories and (gasp!) she’s already the creative director of a famous ad agency! Yes, we understand the feeling of bitterness you hide behind that smile, but really, you should stop wondering why you’re not on the same rung on the career ladder as she is. Her having a nice sounding position doesn’t mean that you aren’t successful on your own, and unless your company’s career growth options suck, then try looking at it from a different perspective—if you’re happy with what you’re doing, have awesome officemates, and are earning enough for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor, then you’re actually doing good. Own it.

H/T: Top Resume

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