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Tell me if this sounds familiar. One day, after sending out numerous resumes and attending job interview after job interview, you finally land that job you so desperately need. You settle into the work environment, finish all of the tasks that are thrown your way, and everything seems to be going well. That is, until one day, you wake up and wonder whether or not this is the job you actually want for the rest of your life.
Questions and doubts begin to creep into your mind. Are you missing out on better opportunities? Is it worth staying where you are? Do you pursue bigger dreams or learn to be content with your circumstances? And therein lies the real question behind it all. Should you or should you not quit your job? Fortunately, there’s a new web service called QuitOrNot that aims to help you answer this very question.
What Is QuitOrNot?
On the surface, it may seem like an easy decision whether to stick it out or to leave in pursuit of another job. If you’re discontent with your boss, with your co-workers, or with your environment, are there any good reasons why you shouldn’t leave? On the other hand, if you’re happy with where you are, why should you leave?
When it comes down to it, there are many factors that play into that decision, and we often lose sight of all of those factors. That’s where QuitOrNot steps in. QuitOrNot keeps us grounded by taking into account all of the factors that go into making a decision as important as this one.
How Does It Work?
Simply put, QuitOrNot is a web questionnaire. It asks you 10 multiple-choice questions that gauge the advantages and disadvantages of your current job. At the end of those 10 questions, you fill out a short form with work-related personal details – your highest level of education, how long you can afford to be unemployed, etc.
After answering all of the questions in the questionnaire, QuitOrNot crunches all of that data and produces an analysis report. I don’t know the exact inner workings of the algorithm, but the end result is a score on a scale of 1 to 100. The closer your score is to 100, the more you should consider quitting your current job.
My score was 50 – smack dab in the center. Thanks a lot, QuitOrNot!
What Do The Results Look Like?
The cool thing about QuitOrNot is that it shows you the individual component results of its analysis. Unfortunately, these results are cursory at best and downright useless at worst.
QuitOrNot’s algorithmic score is dependent on 5 areas: Emotion, Saving, Industry, Education, and Geography. The answers you give in the questionnaire are used to score these areas.
- The Emotional scale measures how happy you are with your current job.
- The Saving scale considers how long you can afford to be without work.
- The Industry scale rates the potential of the industry you work in.
- The Education scale matches the fit between your level of education and the industry you work in.
- The Geography scale takes into account your distance from related job markets.
Ultimately, keep in mind that QuitOrNot is not in-depth enough of an analysis to serve as a be-all-end-all decision maker regarding your employment.
If QuitOrNot says you shouldn’t quit but you absolutely cannot fathom staying at your job for even one more day, then perhaps the right decision is to quit. On the other hand, if you think you can tough it out for a little while longer but QuitOrNot says you should consider leaving, maybe it would be better to stay. In the end, QuitOrNot should be seen as nothing more than a supplementary tool. It will help you consider factors that you might’ve missed, but you should not stake your entire decision on its results.
Let us know what your test result was. Do you have any better suggestions on how a person should make an important decision like this? What other factors should be taken into consideration?