Should You Quit Your Job?

Posted by The Editors on July 2, 2012
Should You Quit Your Job?
Leaving a job is never easy but we all move on at some point.  Maybe you feel like you’re not being challenged enough or you’ve decided this isn’t the field for you.  Or maybe you’re looking to move out of state. Okay, your boss is a tyrant and for your own well-being it’s time to high tail it on out of there! I’m sure you’ve envisaged an over dramatized scene where you go all Jerry Maguire, make a big speech about company morals, grab the fish, and make a glorious exit, right? (Just me then?)

For the time being, save the dramatics for later and start at square one. Deciding to leave a job should not be done without thinking it through.

If you can no longer survive in a job you hate, here’s what to consider before making your great escape.

What is it that’s making you unhappy?
Understanding what the problem is will make finding a solution so much easier.  If it’s something as simple as not liking numbers, by all means don’t be an accountant and explore another career path.  But if you’re having trouble communicating with your boss or the job wasn’t what you expected, talk to your boss or HR about the problem and see if it can be fixed.

How will your resume look?
Ask yourself how long you’ve been at this job. Three months versus three years is a big difference.  Put yourself in a recruiter’s shoes.  Would you hire someone who left his job only after a short while at his previous company? You don’t want to come off as a job hopper, so it might be worthwhile to stick it out a little longer and start job-hunting on the sly.

Are you leaving in good graces?
Hopefully you’re not planning on leaving without giving proper notice. (Like the two weeks kind.) Giving your employer some notice means they won’t be too ticked off when they hear that you’re leaving.  It will also give them time to try and find a replacement.  And depending on your relationship and positive work history with your employer and coworkers, you’ll hopefully leave with a few valuable references! What’s my point? Don’t burn bridges.

Is money an issue?
If you don’t have another job to fall back on, think long and hard before quitting. It’s no secret that this is a tough job market. If you don’t have a spouse, parent, or lucky lotto numbers to help you out when times get tough, prepare a backup plan before moving forward.

Before saying sayonara and writing your farewells, really think about this decision. Cover all your bases and make the proper preparations because the last thing you want to do is leave one bad job and end up in another one.

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