What To Consider Before Leaving A Job You Hate
Leaving a job is a huge leap. While it could lead to greater opportunities, it isn’t always simple to navigate the challenges it brings.
Your success in finding a new career will depend on having a clear understanding of why your current situation isn’t working for you. This requires self-examination, and an understanding of what brought you to this point
Here are the 6 most important aspects to consider before making that leap:
1) Take a good look at why you’re unhappy. Is your entire job making you unhappy or just aspects of it? Is it the position itself? The industry? The dysfunctionality of the company? Not using your innate talents and skills? Clarifying these distinctions is essential in shaping your future goals in what you want and don’t want in a position.
2) Do you have a back-up plan? Most people leave one unhappy situation just to end up in another. Or worse, no job at all. Later you may decide to leave, but do your research and strategize a career plan first. An unhappy job becomes far less unhappy if you know you’re working on a plan for the future.
3) Practice a little patience. Don’t leave too soon. Try waiting it out for a while. Situations frequently change. Bosses leave and new ones are hired. Companies get restructured, sold. The workplace is very fluid and dynamic. Make yourself known for doing a good job and the boss down the hall might request you get moved into her division.
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4) Consider the marketplace. Get familiar with what jobs are available out there. Figure out what your transferable skills are, and see if there are job openings where those skills apply. It’s not always the best time to make a move. Try to gauge the marketplace before doing anything rash.
5) Take a realistic look at your financial situation. You may want to save up several months living expenses before leaving your paying job and jumping into a situation. Not having enough funds to live on could just force you into another bad job situation.
6) Most important, don’t do anything until you think about and determine your true career goals. What is it that you really want? Define your priorities. If you don’t get clear on your priorities, you’ll just end up sending out resumes without a strategy or a plan. Rather than running away from something bad, you want to make sure you’re moving towards something good.
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Once you’ve taken these steps and prepared yourself for the transition, then you’ll be ready and able to move into the satisfying and rewarding work-life you’ve always wanted.
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I am a recognized authority on career development and employment trends. As a career counselor, psychologist and educator, I help people choose, change and advance their careers. Having both a psychological and business background, I'm able to provide a unique perspective into navigating today's complex career issues. I am also an advanced Myers Briggs practitioner specializing in career transition and self-assessment.Continue Reading
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