4 things to consider before quitting your job this year
The temptation to walk out of a toxic job can be overwhelming, but don’t rush the decision.
While some situations might warrant quitting, many problems—like a bad boss or team—are temporary, and it may be worth trying to fix your job, rather than jump ship.
No matter how ideal it may sound at that moment, consider these four points before you decide to throw in the towel.
- Take your time
Plan your exit – especially if you don’t have any savings or market conditions aren’t favourable. Spend time thinking about what your next move could be. What skills and experience would it require? Can you start building this experience at your current job? Volunteer in another department or do a course to expand your knowledge.
Work on building skills and connections that might help in the future and those extra months could prove valuable.
- Your challenges can be your career highlights
Running away is the most natural reaction when you’re thrown into doing something outside your comfort zone. How capable are you of rising above those tough challenges? Can you negotiate with your supervisor and improve your situation? Tackling roadblocks and dealing with adversity are important life lessons. Besides, emphasising this on your resume could ultimately help you secure your dream job.
- Do you really want a new job, or are you running away from this one?
These are two very different things, and one is a good reason to move, while the other is not. If you are only searching for new employment to get away from problems at your current job, then you haven’t solved the core of your issues. This is especially true if you haven’t actually - properly - tried to address the things that are upsetting you at work. If you feel underpaid, go to your boss with numerous tangible reasons you deserve a pay rise. If you’re tired of working crazy long hours, let your boss know you are feeling overworked and come up with a plan to better manage the workload.
There is almost always a work-around, but if you’ve considered everything and are still unhappy, then it might be the right time to search for your next role.
- Assess the impact of taking on something new
Changing jobs can be stressful, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do. The appeal of higher compensation or a new work environment may be tempting, but just remember that a move has its own challenges, even if it doesn’t appear so when the job offer is accepted.
Go into your job search with all the facts, some inward reflection and a desire to do better, be better and find better!
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