Reasons for Seeking a New Job

According to The Washington Post, nearly four in 10 professionals say that they are more likely to look for a new job because of a recession. The Post reported that results from a 2010 Robert Half International survey also suggest that 55 percent of college graduates in their twenties are likely to look for new jobs. Economic, financial, psychological and social issues may present various reasons for seeking a new job.

Bad Boss

According to CNN, a poll of 1 million workers in 2006 found that the most common reason that people quit jobs is a stressful or problematic relationship with an immediate supervisor or supervisors. A bad relationship with your boss may be a good reason to seek a new job.

No Rewards

Some employees spend years in a position without a raise or promotion, despite asking for one repeatedly. Small companies or companies that lack the infrastructure to compensate employees adequately may be worth leaving. You may have a good reason to look for a new job if the quality of your work merits a promotion or raise, but your company offers no incentives.


Some employees leave jobs for a better opportunity. For example, career changes and new independent or partnership entrepreneurial opportunities offer challenges and potential rewards. Seeking better opportunities may be a good reason to look for a new job.

Unstable Company

Companies that can not pay the bills are unstable. Sometimes companies on the verge of bankruptcy may cut out benefits, lay off employees or close down departments. Looking for a new job in the face of mass layoffs or looming bankruptcy can help prepare you for unexpected layoffs.

Insufficient Challenge

According to Psychology Today, 20 percent of the work load at your job should offer challenges that give you opportunities to reach new levels of achievement 2. Boredom and lack of challenge at work may indicate that it’s time to look for a new job.

Bad Interpersonal Relationships

Interpersonal conflicts of interest can develop at work. Many conflicts of interest involve intimate relationships. Fraternizing with clients, romance among co-workers, illicit affairs and sexual ploys for advancement can create unhealthy working environments. Looking for a new job because a conflict of interest or work romance interferes with your focus or the quality of your work can help you start fresh somewhere else.


According to learning curve researchers at Penn State University, the rate and shape of improvement is fairly common across tasks, and most task learning involves rapid improvement followed by ever lesser incremental improvement with further practice. Ultimately, some employees do not understand an employer's concepts or methods for various reasons. You may want to search for a new job that you enjoy learning about, if practice does not improve your performance at work.