Changing your job can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Having been there myself, I know how you feel. So much of our day is spent doing our job, so when that job no longer fulfills or interests us, we need a change. Like it or not, work is a big part of who we are. Our jobs allow us to provide for our families and enjoy a particular lifestyle. We also have relationships and build connections from these experiences. So it makes sense that emotions would be involved. I want to use the weekend post to talk through three things to consider when thinking of leaving your job for any reason. Let’s jump into my happy bulleted list: 3 things to consider before leaving your job.
1. Are you sure? – Before you move, be clear about the end goal. Ask yourself some questions. Is the change related to a new opportunity or switching your industry? Is it because of a personality conflict? Is this a toxic environment? Do you need more money or flexibility? Or have you lost interest in your job? Regardless of your response, there is value in getting the right information. So do your research. If you are changing industries or roles, be clear on the requirements and expectations. Do you have the right skills and knowledge to be considered for that opportunity? Also, be realistic about what you want and don't want in this new position. People tend to apply for jobs that they are familiar with. This defeats the purpose when the goal is finding something new. Finally, if you’re leaving because you no longer like the people you work with, consider that personality conflicts are usually 50:50. 50% is your personality, and 50% is theirs. Make sure the 50% that bothers you isn’t you!
2. Have you identified your next steps? – Leaving your job without a plan(s) could create additional obstacles for you. I recommend having a plan for your next opportunity, finances, and financial obligations. With some C19 restrictions still being in place, this could impact how long you are unemployed. Weigh your options before moving so that you can make the best decision for you and your situation.
3. Check the health of your resume – I can’t say this enough. Make sure you have put the energy into updating your resume. Hopefully, you didn’t miss moments to update content from your performance evaluations and self-assessments. If your plan is a new role, your resume will take center stage, so make sure it’s ready for the task. If you are still unsure about how to get started, we can help, click here. Remember, if your focus is finding a new role because you no longer enjoy your current position, take time to understand if you have skills that map to different positions. Keep in mind the goals for leaving, and let that guide your search.
I’m an advocate for changes that make you better, happy or increases your peace of mind. It’s not uncommon that our jobs no longer support our values, wellness, or career path. When it happens, it’s okay to adjust. I’ve been in a space where I needed to do what was best for me. While I would never tell anyone not to make whatever adjustments they need to be happy, I will offer that I’ve made emotional changes, that in the end, waiting a few weeks would have aided in a smooth transition. As you think through your decision, consider the cost of leaving your job and the cost of extended unemployment. If you have a family, recognize the emotional strain your transition could add to your home-life. In the end, the decision is up to you. If it’s going to make you better, go for it. You definitely have permission.
These are absolutely my thoughts…