I just read that the word literally has an updated definition in the dictionary. So many people were using it incorrectly (as in how they use figuratively) that we’ve literally changed the meaning of the word. Isn’t that crazy?
Another thing we’ve accepted as the norm is that career transition is a part of life. In fact, most people will have anywhere from 7-12 jobs in their lifetime. That’s a lot of change!
Because job transition is totally within my sweet spot having been a former recruiter, hiring manager and boss, I’ve decided to dedicate the next few posts to supporting you in your inevitable job search by providing insider knowledge on the process.
Hopefully if you’re quitting your job it’s for another one and you’ve thought it through. Often we see a higher salary or a dreamy office environment and are quick to decide that it must be a better opportunity.
In order to be sure about that, get clear on what you’re moving toward and away from and why.
Change is inevitable but that doesn’t mean we should take it lightly. Each move should be strategic, slowly writing your career story over time.
Here goes: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Job
1. Will this opportunity provide me with more than short term satisfaction?
Grass always seems greener and change is too difficult even for the most seasoned transition-er to take it lightly. Consider what’s drawing you to this new job- is it something flashy or the excitement of something new?
Think about what you want long term- flexibility, responsibility, challenge, advancement, etc. Ask yourself, will this opportunity take me closer to those things or is this serving my short term desires?
2. Will this take me closer to what I want in the long term?
In addition to money, stability and challenge, often part of what we’re searching for is happiness; to feel happy and impactful at work. How does that work, finding a job that’ll give you all of those things? Ask yourself, what is it that I truly value? What do I need and want out of my job and life?
Sounds heavy, I know. When working 1 on 1 with clients, this is the first step. When we see clearly what’s important to us TODAY (not when we took our current job), our path illuminates. Before jumping ship, take a look within and consider what you need to feel fulfilled. The goal is to avoid one situation for a similar one.
3. Why am I leaving?
I often find that my clients want to change jobs because they’re running from something or are totally bored. That’s fair. Who wouldn’t want to leave those circumstances?
However, some of these feelings could be a result of burnout.
There are 3 main signs of burnout: overload burnout, boredom and lack of development, and the worn-out type. Beware that it’s symptoms manifest in many forms. Mine was a combo of the first and last. Ask yourself if you’re burnt out from your current job and if there’s a way to recover without changing jobs but by changing your current work situation.
What are the true reasons are for your unhappiness? Is it temporary? Can it be fixed? Now this next part is important, have you done what you can and had the proper conversations to change your situation at your current job?
4. Have I gotten everything possible out of this opportunity?
This is a perfect segue from the above questions. Every job, no matter how crappy or no longer stimulating, offers great opportunity. Have you maximized those?
For example, in a small company you may get the chance to get involved in more projects, to interact closely with management and try out different roles. In a large company you may have the chance to get the latest training and to grow your network. Have you done all you could to take advantage of them? You don’t want to leave and wish you had.
5. What’s my plan?
As with the above questions, consider: What do I want to move closer to and further away from? What do I hope to gain from this new opportunity?
Before quitting, get super clear on your values and how you’re hoping to grow professionally. With those in mind, consider if this job change is a step in the right direction or if it’ll provide you with a leg-up down the road.
Next, consider how you’ll have this conversation. Have you had the appropriate conversations with your boss or will she be taken by surprise? Have you sought out every opportunity at this job? If so, you might just be ready to go!
Before leaving, it’s SO important that you know what you want, what’ll make you happy and how you’ll find satisfaction so you’re not running in circles.
Most people suffer from dissatisfaction at work because they haven’t considered what it is they need and want and how to find those opportunities.
Change is inevitable and finding the work you love is a journey. Each step of the way, ask yourself these questions and at the very least it may help you find a bit more connection to your current job.
How do you know when it’s time to leave a job or change a situation? Share your signs and tips in the comments below!
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