Feeling overwhelmed, unsatisfied, or just plain annoyed by your job isn’t rare, it happens to everyone. But there’s a difference between knowing when to leave a job and when to try to change the problems you’re facing at work. We’ve rounded up five things to consider before deciding to leave your workplace, to make sure you avoid making the wrong move by pulling the plug.
1. In a huff
So you hate your boss. Or you really got angry today. Never quit your job in a huff. Don’t take actions that will burn bridges with your current employer or the people you work with. Know they are your references for future jobs and these people will appreciate, respect, and remember mature and professional exits.
2. From a sinking ship
So your company is sinking or is headed for a shutdown. This is not the right time to resign. Quit only when you have a plan/new job. Until then dig deep and help your team and employer while you still have a job. Here you build outstanding relationships, learnings, and stories for future job interviews.
3. After failing
Your project bombed. For future employers, resignation in the face of failure will seem like you were fired. Do the right thing instead. Get back to work, stand up to the challenge, take the criticism, and hit and focus on bouncing back. Remain responsible for outcomes and accountable for your happiness.
4. With no job in hand
The job market follows a simple rule—you are perceived to be as good as your present employment. So, unless something is terribly wrong, never quit until you have another job in hand. When you are out of a job, your negotiation power is much lower and the job search becomes emotionally challenging.
5. Without money
Before quitting, ask yourself— can I afford it? Check your financial health and measure your wealth in terms of the number of days you can survive without a new source of income. Remind yourself why you need the salary, be grateful for your income, and chin up while you create financial leverage.