Should you resign?

Everyone has bad work days but how do you know the difference between ordinary, occasional dissatisfaction and genuine misery? How do you know when you’re truly ready to move on? And how do you then get out gracefully?

Leaving your job can have a negative impact on your career and disrupt your personal life, but staying in a job you hate can be even worse. Often people think its easier to stay where they are but in the long term this is unsustainable and will affect your health, your personal life and your self confidence….

Don’t let yourself get stuck, think about whether it’s really time to quit, and if so, how to do it responsibly:

Watch out for the warning signs

  1. When people ask me what I do, I am so excited to tell them because I love what we have created at Pathfinder.  However in some of my previous roles I often felt very unenthusiastic telling people about my job.  If you keep talking about how miserable you are and that you are going to quit but you don’t do anything proactive about it, you may have a motivation problem. This may not be fixed by a new job…
  2. If you don’t aspire to being promoted into your boss’s job then you may not really want to succeed within your current company and more motivated colleagues will move up the food chain faster than you.
  3. If you are consistently under-performing even though you are trying to improve, you could be in the wrong job; or maybe the politics or workload are beyond you.

Do Something About It

  1. Pay attention and ask yourself whether the costs of staying in the job are reasonable and acceptable to you. It may just no longer be worth it.
  2. Try talking to your boss; In this economy,  companies hate losing good employees, ask your manager if you are in the right role or if you can get more training to improve. Perhaps an internal transfer is an option?
  3. Try to avoid damaging existing relationships, compromising your income or having gaps in your resume.
  4. Even if you really hate what you’re doing, don’t quit until you have found something you think you are really going to enjoy doing next.  At least have a plan of what you are going to do in the future.
  5. Leave on good terms with your current employer, no matter how dissatisfied you are — it could ruin your professional reputation.  Keep it dignified and professional.
  6. Have some sense of what you want to do next before you resign, know your marketability, what kind of roles you can expect to get and who is interested in hiring you. Also consider the economy. How many people do you know who aren’t working at the moment? Do they have similar skills to you?

Everyone is allowed one ‘poor choice‘ on their resume and if the role has been oversold to you or the business is non-existent despite your market research before joining, you still might need to leave in the first six months. But you can only get away with doing this once….Don’t become a serial job hopper. It will make you less marketable however legitimate you think your excuses are.

Good Luck!

Career Change, Job Search