The Great Resignation. The Big Quit. The Extraordinary Exodus.
Across America, workers are deciding they’ve had enough of their current job and are seeking new employment. Some are taking advantage of the current hiring crisis to find better positions. Others are discovering the benefits of self-employment. Many are taking the opportunity to shift into new careers or industries that better align with their values or lifestyles.
But even during a job market where candidates have their pick of positions, it pays to consider whether quitting is the best option. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you walk out the door:
1. What do I want to do?
It’s a simple question, but it can be incredibly tough to answer. Try this: imagine a perfect workday for yourself. What are you doing? Where are you? Are you alone? Do you have colleagues? What skills are you using? Do you enjoy learning new things, or do you want to develop an existing skillset? Ask yourself these questions over days or weeks and see if a clear picture emerges.
2. What do I love about my current job?
Making a list of the things you love doing at work can help you decide:
- If they are worth giving up
- If you can maximize them in a different role
If your list of things you enjoy doing at work is small, that can also provide valuable insight.
3. What do I hate about my job?
This is often an easier question to answer. Many workers can quickly whip out a gripe list, but make sure you dig deeper. Are any of the things you hate likely to travel with you? It’s important to be sure that it’s your job and not your tendency toward perfectionism, overwork, or poor time management that is causing your distress. Is something in your personal life causing problems? Make sure you are addressing the right issue, so you can find the best solution.
4. Will my friends and family support this move?
Change can be difficult, and changing jobs or careers tends to be particularly stressful. Trusted friends and loved ones can provide valuable support and feedback when you are considering a professional upheaval, especially if those people have a financial stake in the move.
5. Have I explored every option with my current employer?
Use your perfect-day plan and the things you love about your job as a negotiation guide with your current employer. Is there a way to get closer to your ideal role without scrapping your current employment? Maybe more flexibility, higher pay, or a different schedule would increase your job satisfaction. It never hurts to ask. During this tough hiring time, your employer might be more flexible than you think.
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