Are you still thinking about when to quit your job? Have you planned what you could do after quitting? Leave now and never look back? How long has this idea been in your mind? Has this been a week? A year, or perhaps 10 years and more? The core question is, why do you want to leave? Someone said “never quit a job until you have secured another job offer because employers are not keen to hire someone who isn’t employed.”
We spend about one-third of our lives working! We deserve to find a better workplace where we are able to work happily, and achieve our career goals. According to a book “Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want” by Tess Vigeland, “Leaping is scary — just not as scary as you think”
What do you have to do when you decide to quit? You should take time, sit back, and write down the pros and cons. Consider your options carefully.
Here are some questions you may want to have an answer to, before you quit.
“Why do you want to quit?”
- Is it because of family issues? Your job interrupts your family time or household responsibilities? You could speak with your boss about the difficulties you are facing, to see if there are any solutions to a work life balance to meet your family issues.
- Co-worker’s or your boss’s relationship? See if you can find a solution to improve the relationship and communication. You may consider to invite your boss to have a coffee and talk about your frustration sincerely.
- Career prospect? You don’t enjoy your job anymore because the development of company is limited; there is no room for promotion and expansion. You may need to think deeply about the career prospects. Should you leave for the better? Or stay and work harder towards improving your company’s business development and expansion?
- Performance review? Have you taken a step to calm down with take a deep breath to review your job performance yourself sincerely? You may request for a meeting or discussion with your manager to listen to his / her comments first, and you could seek to understand exactly what your boss is saying, before forming your conclusion.
Another important consideration before you quit is to ensure that you have short term financial plan after you quit. If you are someone who is worried about income during your unemployed period without any guarantees on the length of your job search, you should reconsider your decision. An important factor in deciding if you should quit your job is, “Before you quit, you need to have a financial comfort of at least three to six months’ of expenses.” Vigeland says.
If you have considered all of the factors above, explored all other options, and you are still unable to see any “light in your darkness”, leaving your current job would give you more relief than anything else? It’s probably time to look for other work.