Are you unhappy with your current job? Decided to quit it? But, do you know that quitting the job at a wrong time can affect your future career? The grass on the other side always looks greener, but, is it actually green? New job means new adjustments and still, there is no guarantee that things will go as per your expectations. So, don’t make any decision in haste. You must take some time to consider this crucial matter.
Here are 8 things you should mull over before quitting the job.
1. Avoid Impulse
If you are resigning your job in frustration, think once again. Don’t react instantly to a temporary problem and review the situation before arriving at any decision. A few days later, when your heart changes, you can’t do anything, except be repenting. Your employer won’t welcome you back, once you have left this way.
2. Job Stability
Do you have a sound and stable track record with the current company? Along with your qualifications, skills and experience, recruiters also consider your job stability before hiring you. Employers are unwilling to hire job-jumpers. Before quitting the job, you should have a long term and dynamic career with the company or industry.
3. Financial Contemplation
It’s really demoralizing, when the pay checks stop coming. If you have another job offer in hand, it’s good. In case, you are not having any job after quitting the current job, it may affect your finances. So, before resigning, check your bank account and ensure that you have enough savings to afford your unemployment period.
4. Is there any chance to save this relationship?
Sometimes, employees resign the job over a small issue that can be resolved by mutual conversation with the management. Always keep the communication open with your boss. Clarify the issues as and when they arise. Instead of quitting, you can urge the employer to transfer you somewhere else within the company.
5. Be Acquainted with the Job Market
Survey the current job market to find out the job opportunities in your field of interest. Try to get in touch with your working friends. They will let you know the current trends in their industry. Also, ask your unemployed friends about the difficulties they are facing in finding the job. It’s not a wise decision to quit the job if the job market is weak.
6. Do Research
Before accepting an offer from another company, do research, and make sure that you will not fire from the frying pan. If the similar job conditions (due to which you are resigning from the current job) prevail in the new company, it’s good to continue with current company.
7. Serve the Notice
Submit a formal resignation letter 15 or 30 days (or as per company’s HR policies) prior quitting, explaining the valid reason of leaving. Serving the notice is a professional courtesy. Don’t forget to thank your boss for his support (even if he/she lacks in this area).
8. Mastering the Countdown
During the time of serving the notice period, most of the employees tend to arrive late, leave early and take long lunches. If you are also sailing on the same boat, it’s completely unprofessional. Keep your enthusiasm fly high as before. Maintain the positive attitude and work with the similar pace.
First impression is the last impression. But, you should always try to make your last impression the best.
Your judgement will affect not only you but also your family. So, look at the entire situation from several viewpoints.