Have you been looking forward to quitting your job? If you feel miserable at work, it’s definitely time to take some action. However, you shouldn’t jump to the idea of a resignation without seriously reflecting on it.
Before you start drafting your resignation letter, think about these important questions first to make sure you are making the best decision for yourself and for your future.
- What is it exactly that’s frustrating me?
Pinpointing the problem is the first step to finding out whether quitting your job is the best decision or not. Is the problem your boss, your officemates, the environment or the work itself? After defining the reason of frustration, consider the scope. If you think the work isn’t your niche, see if you can be transferred to another department or assigned to another project. However, if you believe you’re in the wrong company or industry altogether, then it’s probably best to leave.
- Do I have realistic plans for landing my next job?
Know your strengths and figure out how to leverage them. Do not think too much about the job title and the company; focus more on your experiences and skill set. If you discover that you lack on a particular area plan out how you will be able to nurture that part. You may need to pursue higher education, take a volunteer work or start positioning yourself for your next job while you’re on your current job. Additionally, consider the industry you hope to move into. Is your target company achievable or is your dreams of working for Apple or Google too ambitious?
- Do I have enough on my bank account?
People planning to quit their job should have savings for six months’ worth of expenses. If you’re quitting your job, it’s likely you won’t get unemployment benefits, so make sure to plan your expenses ahead of time. Your mortgage, loan payment, credit card, food and transportation costs are just some of the expenses to consider. You may also need a little extra for unexpected expenditures like health emergency and car repairs.
- Am I timing my resignation right?
Since you’re considering of quitting your job, make sure you’re doing it at the right time. First, know whether it’s the best time to leave. Is it the busiest season of the year or are you currently working on a big project? Consider your present commitments so your team won’t be left hanging, and so you’ll be able to leave your current company in good terms. Second, maximize the money matters. If you would like to get your mid-year, quarterly or 13th-month bonus, it might be wise to wait for a few more months.
Quitting a miserable job may seem like the best thing at the moment of frustration. However, you have so much more to gain when you take the time to think about your next steps before tendering your resignation.