It’s been another unbearable day, you’re frustrated with your boss, stressed, overworked and unfulfilled. If you can’t remember the last good day you had, it’s time to stop and figure out what’s gone wrong. There are many good reasons for quitting your job, but there are also important factors to consider before throwing the towel in.
Of course it’s always best to wait until you’ve secured your next job before leaving your current one, but before you pass the point of no return, consider these 5 points below before you decide to quit.
Do you just need a holiday?
When did you last have some time off? I mean really got away from it all? If you have been working non-stop without any respite, it’s easy to get worked up and you might not be thinking logically. Quitting your job can be a decision often driven by emotion and without careful thought you run the risk of landing right back where you started feeling unsatisfied. By dedicating some time to reflect on your current situation sensibly, you can consider not only what you want in your career but in your life.
Why do you really want to quit?
Pinpoint the real issue and ask, why am I unhappy? Is the problem the people, the work environment or the work itself?
The job isn’t fulfilling me anymore – are there other positions at your company that could be a better fit? Salary not cutting it? Talk to your boss and build a business case for a pay rise. Soul destroying commute? Is there any flexibility to work from home 1-2 days a week? Think about how you can negotiate changes to make the job work better for you.
The grass isn’t always greener
If you are considering leaving your job because something better has come along, you might want to ask yourself the following questions before taking the plunge. Why did I pursue my current job in the first place? Will a new job fulfil my needs better than my current role? Have I done everything I can to make this job work for me?
Is it financially viable?
The best scenario would be to have a new role lined up. However, this is not always the case. Therefore, it may be worth asking yourself, “Do I have enough money put aside to cover bills and unexpected expenses for a month or two, or even six…” Unless you have something lined up, it’s impossible to say when the right job will come around, and if you are successful at interview! It’s also important to bear in mind that even if you land yourself that perfect next role, it might not start straight away and could be at least a month until your new salary reaches your account. Take the time to prepare financially for unemployment.
Consider the impact on your CV
How many times have you changed jobs in the last 5 years? Is there a pattern emerging on your CV? Job hopping isn’t always considered a bad thing, but have you taken the time to hone your new skills and build up enough experience and credibility for that next step? You might also want to prepare for tricky interview questions about why you left your last job.
Still set on quitting? Then, it’s worthwhile considering the timing of your departure. You will need to take the time to tell your boss in a professional manner and negotiate your last working day. It’s important not to burn any bridges with your employer, apart from needing a positive reference for your next position, you never know when your paths may cross again in the future. Take the time to handle your departure the right way, and rest assured you can start a clean slate with your new employee without any bad blood.
Ask for advice
Sometimes things don’t work out – but it’s really important to consider all factors before taking the plunge. If you need any advice, guidance or confidential help in improving your current situation, or to pursue the search for a new role, then please feel free to get in touch with one of our trained consultants on 01993 220 590. Let’s get rid of those Sunday night blues!