It's been 6 months, and I've come to terms with the fact that my current job is not a good fit.

I just pulled giant clumps of hair out of the shower drain, because my depression, anxiety, and stress levels have started to spike due to being expected to work nearly 24/7 and given increasingly impossible timelines for tasks. When hired, I was given a document stating that my pay would increase as I met certain deliverables over time. Instead, when I started I was expected to meet maximum deliverables 1 month after my start date, and I haven't seen a single pay increase (I currently make very little money for the work I am doing). I have also heard my superiors trash talking my colleagues on several occasions, and the company recently fired one of our most valued colleagues to save face, after not bothering to replace someone who recently quit.

Despite my gratitude to be working full time and with benefits, I have all but reached my limit. For my own well-being, I think it's time I brushed off the old resume and started to pursue other opportunities. I'm a starry-eyed young'n, so please advise:

  • Am I being a cowardly quitter?
  • Will it reflect badly on me at the beginning of my career that I've only been at this job for 6 months?
  • Do you have advice on the etiquette or process of looking for other jobs while currently employed?

Please and thank you.