5 Brilliant Reasons for Leaving a Job
I hope you love your job. Millions of people are lucky enough to get up and go to work at a career they love. For your sake, I hope you are one of those people. If this isn’t you, then read on.
If you are unhappy in your current position, it may be time to quit. Finding something better right now may be easier than you think.
In interactions between hiring managers and job candidates, the job seeker holds all the power right now.
The United States continues to hold its federal unemployment rate below five percent, forcing businesses to offer higher salaries and better benefits if they want to recruit and retain top talent—especially in industries that face skills gaps, such as manufacturing or technology.
This also means that job hunters will find less competition for each position they apply for. Chances are high that a better job is sitting open somewhere, so if you’re unhappy in your current position, then do something about it.
Why You Should Quit – 5 Reasons for Leaving a Job
Sure, you don’t like your job. A lot of people don’t. Now it’s time to analyze your situation and decide if you should stick it out for a while or move on to other opportunities.
Consider these factors before putting in your notice:
Does your employer care what you think? Companies that don’t engage their employees typically can’t provide what those workers need to stay happy.
If your employer isn’t gathering data from its workforce at least once a year (even more is better), they probably aren’t very concerned with your needs.
A paycheck isn’t enough anymore. If you can’t get so much as a pat on the back from your boss for a job well done, you should know there are other companies out there that will appreciate your hard work not only with words, but with bonuses and awards.
A company’s workforce is its backbone, and more businesses than ever before are beginning to understand that and show appropriate appreciation.
If you’re employed somewhere that doesn’t recognize the efforts of its workers, it may be time to move on.
Is there room to move up or have you gone as far as you can go? Most of us have watched a boss quit and a replacement get hired from the outside. It’s frustrating and demoralizing.
If there’s nowhere to go at your job but sideways, then can you picture yourself in your current position until retirement? If the answer is no, job-hopping to a competitor for a promotion might be the best way to climb the corporate ladder.
How do you feel when you leave work at the end of the day? If you feel a sense of accomplishment, then that’s great. If you’re just tired and can’t wait to hit the door running at five o’clock, however, it may be time to move on.
Also, consider how your job affects you at home. Do you find yourself constantly complaining about work to your family and friends?
Not every career leaves us feeling like we’ve made a profound difference in the world, but if yours is a constant source of misery or disappointment, you deserve something better.
You should never leave a job if you’ve been there less than a year. Even a year looks sketchy to many hiring managers and recruiters, but anything under that makes you look irresponsible and unreliable.
You certainly don’t want to have to explain in an interview why you quit your job after a few weeks or months.
If you’ve only been in your current position a short while, you it might be best to wait it out and see if the situation improves as you adjust to the work environment. But if you’ve been in your job for more than a year, that’s plenty of time to discover if the position is the right fit for you.
How You Should Quit
Once you’ve decided that your reasons for leaving a job are valid and it’s time to quit, that doesn’t mean you should give your boss the finger and stomp out the door. When you finally take the plunge, be smart about it.
The following tips will help you to get out of your cubicle unscathed.
1. Wait for the right opportunity. Don’t make rash decisions.
Just because you’ve found reasons for leaving a job, that doesn’t mean you must do it tomorrow. You’re already in a job that doesn’t satisfy you, so don’t leap directly into another one that will leave you just as disappointed.
Make a pros and cons list to help yourself decide what’s important in your next employer. If available, talk to others who have left your company to see how they feel in their new job.
Once you have a good idea of what you’re looking for, investigate the corporate culture of businesses before applying to make sure they will fit your needs.
You can learn a lot about how a company treats its employees by reading reviews on sites such as Glassdoor.
2. Tie up loose ends.
Try not to leave the person taking over your job with a long list of half-completed tasks. Finish up any projects that you’re working on as best you can, and leave instructions about what’s done and what still needs to happen for anything you can’t finish.
It’s easy to slack off within the punishment-free confines of a two-week notice, but go the other way instead.
Work harder than you have previously so that you can leave everything behind in a neat and organized fashion. This will make it far easier for you if you ever need a reference or a LinkedIn recommendation.
3. Follow the three C’s.
Be calm, courteous, and conscientious in everything that you do in your final weeks at your old job. The last thing you want to do is burn a bridge behind you.
You may need your current boss to give you a reference down the road. Depending on your occupation, you may even need to come back to work for that company again.
The future is hard to predict, so always make sure you leave as many doors open behind you as possible.
Write a resignation letter. Give two weeks’ notice. Thank your boss for all that they’ve taught you. Clean out your desk, office/cubicle, and computer.
If there’s time, offer to train your replacement. Leave your job in a way that leaves no doubt about whether you could get rehired.
Quitting a job is one of the hardest things you can do. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. Talking to your boss about quitting is difficult, whether you get along or not.
Working your way through the days of your final notice can be awkward. Anticipating the next step in your career can be both exciting and stressful. But you’ll get through it.
Follow this advice and I promise that quitting your job will be as painless as possible.