Time to Quit? Here’s the Right Way to Do It

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Have you ever been in a job where you’ve really just hit the wall and feel like it’s time to quit? You’ve talked to supervisors about your options, done coaching, thought about internal job opportunities (if any are available) and parting ways is still the best option. We’ve all been there at some point. Now, what really separates amateurs from professionals is how you handle the next steps–giving notice. Let’s ensure you remain on the path of the professional!

Before you quit, accept a job that’s a match

This part is really important. Sometimes, it can be tempting to just take whatever you can get for the sake of getting out of your current position. It can seem like a good idea at the time because it accomplishes your goals. But but we want to make sure you stay happy in your new job for a long, long time. Some self-reflection can save the day!

Why do you want to quit?

First, really understand why it is that you’re looking for something new. Let’s say you’re feeling micromanaged at work and would like to find something that gives you more independence. In that case, applying to a call center may not be the best choice since those environments are often very structured. Or maybe you’re finding that there isn’t room to advance because the company is too small. In that case, applying to a mom-and-pop shop may be something to avoid. Making the job change may seem great for 6 months or so. But sadly, you likely will end up back in the same predicament because the new job and old job share similar characteristics.

Also, know your limitations when it comes to pay, commute, etc. Being in an unhappy job situation is definitely stressful. But what’s even worse is taking a job that doesn’t pay enough. This brings a new kind of stress into your life. No one wants that! And with commute, an extra 20 or 30 minutes each way can extend your daily work routine by 45-60 minutes. For anyone leasing a car, adding an extra 25 miles per day to your commute could jeopardize your plan to stay within the miles on your contract.

Ultimately, what we want to help you avoid is early burnout in a job and the consequent desire to leave the new job within 6 months or a year. It’s tough on you because of the stress, and it can be a real hindrance to your career.

Give notice

When the time does come, it’s always important to give notice. Two weeks is the standard. But with that said, I’ve certainly had times where I’ve given more, depending on what my role was. Giving notice allows your current employer the chance to get the ball rolling on their staffing needs. It also ensures that you’re leaving on good terms. When you’ve invested years of your life and career with a company and people, it’s always a shame to burn that bridge and lose out on positive references.

Written by Adam Lafield, Recruiter & Marketing Specialist