I quit my job a day before my birthday - Yes I realize that was a month ago but it has been a whirlwind of dating/writing/and new opportunities arising so please bear with me.
On the 27th of December I was offered a new job. It was a job I had applied to in November and had that “AHA” moment, that “that’s what I should be doing” gut reaction. Five minutes into my phone interview I had known that my gut was right.
I had known for two months prior that I was ready to leave my job. There was this dull voice ticking away in the back of my head saying “you’ve done all that you can do,” and over the past weeks it had grown to the point where it was constantly screaming at me.
There’s no point in wasting your time or your employers if you’re done. And by September I was done. I stayed because I wasn’t sure what to do; I had been told by so many people to stay for a year (I made it to 11 months) but I hated feeling like my life was paused. So I did something about it, and if you’re feeling that way you should too.
Step 1: Recognize it’s not working - Do a self-check. Are you happy? Are you feeling challenged? Inspired? Do you enjoy coming to work? While we may not all have the luxury in answering these questions they are still important to think about. If you’re considering quitting you need to weigh the pros and cons heavily before applying to any positions.
Step 2: Ask for help - If something’s wrong at work, speak up. If you don’t feel like you’re being challenge, ask for more challenging work. If there is something that can be changed then try to change it.
Step 3: Realize the changes aren’t working – Sometimes you’re just not meant to be in a line of work, or you’ve outgrown the work you’re doing. That’s okay, but the sooner you realize it the better.
Step 4: Apply to jobs - In this economy it’s stupid to quit with no plan. So make a plan. Either start applying to jobs, line up consulting work, or start your own business (while still employed). Do not quit your job until you have a contract in hand.
Step 5: Digest - Quitting isn’t easy. Especially when either party hasn’t done anything wrong. Sometimes, just like in relationships, it isn’t a good fit. And that’s okay, but it’s better to spot it early.
What advice do you have for people considering a job switch?
Please note: I’m in no way bashing my previous employer, part of the reason I stayed for as long as I did was because I like the people and enjoyed the industry.