Thinking of Quitting Your Job? 3 Things To Do Before

Imagine you’re on a sinking ship: chaos around, water flooding in, and you’re desperate for a lifeboat. But even if you get a lifeboat, then what? You’re stuck in the middle of nowhere.

This scenario evokes the suffocating feeling of being stuck in an unsatisfying job—and the short-term relief walking out the door might offer.

Now, envision yourself calmly initiating a well-thought-out escape plan that gets you off the sinking ship with food, water, and a plan for reaching safety. You’re equipped, ready, and able to face the future.

Quitting a job can provide profound relief and exhilaration—but quitting strategically can be a stepping stone to a better future.

Here are 3 essential steps to take before you walk out the door for good: 

Identify Your “Why”

Before drafting that resignation letter, take a moment for self-reflection, and do a deep dive into your reasons for wanting to leave. Are you seeking growth opportunities, better work-life balance, or escaping a toxic workplace culture? Understanding your ‘why’ ensures you’re making a thoughtful decision, not a reactive one. Use tools like the SWOT analysis to evaluate your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats regarding your current job and potential new roles.

Secure Your Lifeboat

Leaving a job without the next one lined up can be risky. It’s crucial to assess your financial situation. Can you afford several months without a paycheck? Prepare a financial safety net that covers 6-12 months of expenses. This financial buffer can give you the peace needed to search for a job that truly fits rather than jumping at the first offer out of necessity.

Explore In-House Horizons

Before setting sail towards a new job, it’s worth exploring other options within your current situation. Could a different role or department rekindle your enthusiasm and align better with your career aspirations? Consider an open and honest dialogue with your manager or HR department about potential internal opportunities. Maybe a shift in projects, a flexible working arrangement, or professional development support could transform your current role into the ideal one. Delving into these alternatives shows your commitment to your employer and might provide a refreshed perspective without the need to navigate the turbulent waters of a job change.

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