Has the thought of quitting your job crossed your mind on more than one occasion? Maybe you had a rough day, you’re tired of being passed over for promotions, or maybe you just don’t like the long hours and short paychecks. Whatever the reason, you think about quitting a lot.
But, what’s stopping you?
There are a number of different answers to this question, with the number one roadblock being FEAR.
Dealing with the fear factor of quitting a job
At any given time there are new reports about job scarcity, companies cutting back and increased unemployment rates that can make you feel stuck in your current job. And there is no denying that these are all factors that will make anyone with financial and family obligations think twice about walking away from a verified source of income. But deciding to quit your job does not mean that it has to happen in 2 weeks.
It does mean that you have to have a plan to quit effectively. So before you flood all the job boards with your re-worked resume, take a minute to map out some dream features for your next job. The best way to do this is to answer a few questions about where you are and where you would like to go.
Question 1: Do you like the atmosphere and culture of the company you work for?
This is a great question that boils down to “Is it the company or the job” that you want to quit. Let’s face it; something is making you want to move on to greener pastures, so you have to take time to identify what that is. Honestly answering this question can help you in your job search so that you don’t find yourself again contemplating the quit in a few years because you changed jobs, but didn’t vet your situation.
Maybe you like what you do and the organization you work for has a structure that causes you stress, or it’s a constant stream of organized chaos and you just don’t operate that way. Whatever the answer is, don’t ignore it because if you decide to find another job, it can really help you ask the right questions in interviews or as you research other prospective employers.
Question 2: Is it the job that you want to quit, or the industry?
It’s possible that you love the company you work for. You look forward to spending time with your co-workers and leadership every day, but work gets in the way. Maybe you have lost the passion for the work due to industry changes and regulations.
If this is the case, then you would likely not benefit from quitting your job to move to another job in the same industry.
So you have to ask follow-up questions like:
Do you have dormant skills or experience that would benefit you in a job change?
Are there other job roles in the company that you have skills to do that are not directly connected to your current point of dissatisfaction? (I.e. you are burned out on sales, but have experience in technology or training)
Have you identified a hole in your area that a new/special kind of position could fill and improve things? Suggest it and offer to transition to that role for the benefit of the group.
Question 3: “It’s not them, it’s me.” But what is it about you that leads you want to quit this job?
There can be any number of reasons that someone will make the decision to quit their job.
Is it money?
One of the most common reasons people decide to quit their jobs is money. In some cases, I have even heard people say they were leaving a job because it cost them to work there.
That is a frightening thought. But as it was explained to me, the commute, childcare, parking, insurance, and other similar expenses were causing more of a deficit and so they decided that it was time to move on.
Whatever the specifics around money, or the lack of it, that makes you want to quit your job, you have some soul searching to do too.
Take the time to pin down the money specifics as they apply to you:
- Do you need a certain dollar amount to meet your financial needs?
- Is it possible to meet this amount through a raise in your current position?
- Is the amount you desire in line with industry salary ranges?
- Is there a way you can supplement your income?
These questions are not meant to deter you from quitting if that is your decision. However, they are designed to help you formulate a plan to move into a more favorable position.
Although I’ve listed a number of possible reasons that could lead to the decision to quit, none of them may fit your situation. And that’s Ok, because whether your goal is finding a new job, changing companies, or even venturing out to start your own business, you must have an escape plan.
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About this posts author:
Tesa Colvin is an Author, Escape Plan Clarity Coach and Business Development Strategist. She coaches passionate solo-prenuers, who desire FREEDOM and SUCCESS in their business and lives.
Through tailored coaching and strategy sessions, she helps entrepreneurs not just set goals, but develop effective plans that help them to be and stay focused and empowered as they build and monetize their business. Tesa’s mission is to FREE entrepreneurs from the self-sabotage of trying to do it like everyone else, by encouraging and empowering these DREAMERS to focus on their own vision and version of success.
And when she’s not helping people find success their way, you can find her tucked away in a quiet space creating words, worlds and characters, or having a Michael Jackson sing off with both her teen daughters while her husband and 2 fur babies watch in horror.