A better job is waiting for you. End the complacency and land something better. Here’s how.

You need to quit your job.

Maybe not this moment, maybe not even this month. But you need to quit by summer.

Sure, you’ve got a good thing going. Except the pay isn’t great, the hours are long, the work is boring and you still don’t get along with your coworkers after two years. But why quit? The job market is terrible. You’re lucky and fortunate.

Never mind that this job isn’t your endgame. Lots of people work jobs they don’t like until something better comes along. Maybe you should forget this article and go check Facebook again.

Time is running out.

You need to quit by summer. It doesn’t matter how much you’re making or how good the experience will look on your resume someday. If you’ve been working at a job for more than 12 months and deep down (maybe three to four tequila shots down), you know it isn’t right for you — it’s time to find a better job.

Here are three reasons why:

1. The world needs you, Superman

You have the potential to be the best in the world at something.

You may not know what that is yet. That’s OK. What’s not OK is spending more time with catty coworkers than you do with your family and not working toward a better dream. The consequences are too dangerous. If you’re flipping burgers or making chai lattes, that’s awesome, but only if it’s moving you in the right direction. (Click here to tweet this thought.)

The world needs you to be the best at something, which you are. Maybe it’s time you got back on track to make this place better.

2. Making a leap of faith gives other traits a massive boost

Ever feel like you’re in a rut? That you’re so stuck in the same routines, the same traits, that you’re afraid to try and make new friends, reluctant to approach the other sex and bored by the same dinners every night?

Well, all that can change, too.

Big change often means big confidence. It’s like a shot of adrenaline to the veins, like chugging Red Bull. Bam.

Want to jump on that diet or gym routine? Start branching out to meet new people? Finally learn how to skateboard, play the banjo or start a blog? Everything will receive a massive boost of confidence from a leap of faith this big.

3. Better jobs are looking for you

That’s the most common excuse 20-somethings give: there aren’t any better jobs.

There are.

But they’re not on Craigslist, Monster, job board emails or any other of those sites. Those tools offer entry-level jobs with low pay and garner massive response numbers.

That HR assistant job you emailed your resume to already had 120 responses in the first two hours of its publication. Those SEO writer, receptionist, line cook and marketing assistant posts, even the sign-twirling position, were flooded with resumes.

The best jobs are usually available to those who know someone, which probably stops 95 percent of applicants. No one wants to take the time to conduct informational interviews or likes sending cold emails to new LinkedIn connections offering to buy coffee or asking their boss for tips. But for those who do…

Better jobs exist.

Anthony Moore discusses post-college awesomeness on his website, stuffgradslike.com, and on Twitter. He’s not much different than you: roguishly attractive, dashingly sophisticated and a lover of fine eateries like Wendy’s and Domino’s.


  1. jrandom421

    Screw You! I’m staying right where I am. I’ve got a great job that pays well, has great benefits, has me doing important things, in the service of a great cause.
    Go ahead and quit your job by summer! I’ll stay here and continue getting paid well, having great benefits, doing important stuff, in the service of a great cause!

    • Anthony Moore

      Anthony Moore

      You go, dude! Congrats on the awesome job – some people have all the luck. -Anthony

  2. Ash Pembroke

    I have felt totally like this for some time and now I’m actually doing something about it!

    For years I had the mentality that the only way was to move up on the career ladder. I have been changing jobs every two years on average – just to go somewhere a little bit better.

    Now I realize that is the wrong strategy going forward and set up a website on a subject I know very well.

    I’m still in full time employment, but this side project gives me a lot of satisfaction and creative reign, which I have never experienced in any jobs before.

    Great article – thank you!

    • Anthony Moore

      Anthony Moore

      Thanks a lot, Ash! Glad you liked it. What’s your next step in the next 3 months?

      • Ash Pembroke

        Hi Anthony, thanks for asking.

        No major moves planned in the next few months as I am a little time constrained until I complete another project. So I’ll carry on as I have been doing thus far – writing articles and reaching out to others.

        I’m hoping from the summer onwards to pick up momentum with my blog and at least reduce my hours at work…

  3. Jagoda

    I’ve been advising people for years to do informational interviews. They are a great networking tool. Often they don’t lead to a job offer right away but do expand your network, help you clarify your goals and learn what’s out there and what it takes to get that desirable job. That focus and those introductions that open doors for you are key steps for honing your resume and interview skills, AND alerting you to job possibilities that haven’t yet been publicized.

    • Anthony Moore

      Anthony Moore

      Totally, Jagoda. Thanks for the feedback (sorry for the delay). What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone afraid to reach out and make their first informational interview ask?

    • jrandom421

      I’ve found that informational interviews are pretty useless, unless you have some kind of connection to the person you’re calling. Otherwise, you’ll get told to apply for what you want and get your questions answered in the interview, if you make it that far.

  4. Maegan Anderson

    I’m sorry but I choose not to quit my job by summer. At first, I was kind of scared because I don’t know anything about the job I got into but later on I didn’t feel anxious about it and I already started to like my work. 🙂

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