You may or may not realise it but right now might be the time you should quit your job. Finding the right time to leave your job and seek pastures new can be a difficult decision, quite likely one of the most difficult decisions in your life.
You may work for a company where you have some of your best friends, alternatively you may work in a job you can do with your eyes closed. Both these may be reasons to stay in a job but equally they may be reasons to seek a new challenge.
Weighing up the pro’s and con’s of your current job is difficult. Do I stay where I have it easy or do I seek a challenge to progress?
Personally I have made job changes around four times in my career and every time there has been a different reason. People need to look beyond their own role and look at the whole picture of the organisation when making this tough decision. This guide is here to open your eyes to reasons why it may make sense for you to move on and how you can do it.
Business direction and organisational focus is something many don’t look at but everyone should. Is the business investing in every area of the organisation other than yours? Maybe that’s a sign. Organisational direction plays a huge part in whether you should stay with a company ot move roles.
I have seen ex colleagues persist with an organisation where the business is going away from their skills set. Unfortunately this leads to problems long term. Redundancies, change of job roles or a reduction of funding. Assess the organisation and where they are investing, it’s a sign of the direction the company are taking, with or without you.
Another key sign of why you should quit your job is business performance. How is a business is operating financially is imperative as to whether you should stick or twist with a job role. Now i’m not saying you should desert a sinking ship however if a business is performing poorly then changes will be made and that can result in redundancies, cutting of budgets and reduction in business perks.
This will make the business an unpleasant place to be. Keep an eye on the business performance and seek assurances regularly from your management team. Individuals who have been with a company longer are less aware of the risks involved with business performance as they are comfortable in their job role. Business performance impacts everyone. If it looks as though it may be a problem for you then make the decision on your own terms not when it’s unexpected and you are underprepared.
Lack of development:
It can be very easy to sit on a comfortable, straight forward job role. You know what’s required of you and the job can be performed with your hands tied behind your back. Unfortunately the role has no development opportunity.
A lack of development opportunity irrespective of how comfortable it is at the moment is a sign you should look for alternative opportunities. Development and the chance to progress your career is a must in all job roles. There needs to be a development path. A lack of development is a worry in any job role. See the sign and look for alternatives.
An uninspiring manager:
Having a manager who does nothing for your career is a sure sign that you should maybe look for a new job. I’ve spoke at length throughout the site that managers are one of the most important parts of developing a member of staff. If a manager is inspiring and encourages his team to develop then you are in an extremely fortunate position.
An uninspiring manager is someone who just wants to get the job done. ‘Have you got me those statistics?’, ‘Can you run me this report’ and so forth. Everything is micromanaged through the manager and instead of developing personally you are just a cog in his management machine.
If you’re manager is preventing you from developing then that’s a sure sign that you need to look for alternative employment.
Growing External opportunities:
Only leave one job when you have an opportunity already in place. Sounds obvious? You would be surprised. A tip I have is to always keep an eye on the external opportunities within your specific field to keep abreast of the demands required from someone within your area. By doing this you also get to see external opportunities as they arrive. By becoming complacent or not looking at life outside of a company you are unaware of what is happening around you.
What if your role commands a much higher salary than you are on now or what if there is a huge demand in your specific location for the technical role you do. Furthermore by monitoring external opportunities you are then aware of what’s available. A PERECT job may arise which is a sure sign you should quit your current job. Without looking you will never know.
This is not to say you aren’t loyal to your current employer however a career is about seizing opportunities as they arise. There is never a right or wrong time so make sure you are ready if an opportunity was to arise.
Take your time
Never rush or make hasty decisions when quitting your job. It sounds pretty self explantory but people rush into the wrong roles. Make sure when you leave one role and have the correct role lined up.
Make sure you are making the right decision for you, your family, your career aspirations and your financial commitments. Everything has to stack up which is why people find it so hard to change roles.
Honour your contract
Not only is it a legal requirement but honouring your contract is exactly the right way to quit your job. Work your full notice period, work to the same standard as you did before you handed your notice in and maintain respect for everyone involved within the organisation. Business is a small place and you never know when you may bump into a senior manager again.
Making a difficult situation out of a notice period is not cool and will do you no favours. Honour what you have originally signed up for and stick to your word and your legal obligations.
Gracefully – Never Burn Bridges
Always quit your job gracefully and never burn bridges. Even if the management react poorly to your exit make sure you maintain your dignity throughout. I have seen so many people burn their bridges and it’s not wise. You never know in life and you never know in business. I actually returned to one company twice and was happily provided a second opportunity down to the way I left previously. If I’d have left under a cloud like many do then I may not have had the opportunity to return. Thankfully I left respectfully and it therefore afforded me another opportunity.
You may have some real issues with the organisation you are leaving. You may disagree with the management, have a problem with the direction they are taking or feel like your career was held back. Whatever the real reason make sure if you are asked to provide feedback then do so constructively.
Not only does constructive criticism allow you to leave in a positive light it also gives the business something to implement and potentially make changes. The main reason for this is to leave with your character fully intact.
Leaving is tough but is part of life. Companies grow, roles change and members of staff seek pastures new. Be aware of what is happening around you and always leave gracefully. There is absolutely nothing wrong with changing roles, the problems arise when one of either parties conducts themselves inappropriately. Be the bigger guy/girl and you will leave with your reputation intact. It’s not personal…..it’s just business.
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