If you’re considering quitting your job, we understand that it can be a stressful and perhaps even emotional time for you. However, before you hand in your resignation, there are a few things we suggest you do first. Here they are.

What are your reasons?

Your reason for wanting to quit your job is important to think about. For example, if you’re having trouble with an unreasonable workload being given to you, think about the steps you’ve taken to address this issue. Have you brought it up with your manager or HR department? If you haven’t, then consider that taking such a step could decrease or eliminate the problem altogether, without you having to quit. On the other hand if you’re sure about your choice, that’s fine- just as long as you’re clear on where you stand, and are taking a level-headed approach despite what you may be feeling.

Look for a new job

It’s generally not recommended to quit before you’ve secured a new job for yourself. Before taking the leap, make sure that you’re all set in your new position. This period can be a bit awkward, especially if you’re trying to make sure that your current employer doesn’t find out you’re on the job hunt. The key is to continue honouring your commitments, complete your work as usual, and look for other opportunities in your free time. Remember that you always have the right to look for a new position or leave a company, so there’s nothing to feel ashamed of. Having said that, it’s definitely in your best interest to be discreet about your job search.

Create a financial plan

Since you probably rely on your current job for financial stability, you’re going to need a financial plan for how you’ll be able to leave your current position without amassing debt or being unable to cover your basic expenses. It’s a good rule of thumb to save three to six months worth of your fixed living expenses before you actually quit. This will ensure that you’re still able to survive, should you face unexpected expenses or be unable to find new employment right away.

Don’t burn your bridges

There’s nothing wrong with having emotions, or getting upset if you feel you’ve been mistreated. However, in moments of anger or stress, we can sometimes be reactive and end up saying or doing things which burn our bridges with co-workers, bosses or even an entire company. As difficult as it may be to keep your composure in certain situations, it’s in your best interest to leave on good terms and remain professional, regardless of how others have conducted themselves. Not only will this save you a lot of regret, but it’ll preserve relationships which may be beneficial in your future.

Quitting a job is rarely ever an easy decision, so we commend you for wanting what’s best for yourself and making it happen. Remember to think this decision through well, have a plan of action and of course, take care of your mental health during this time. For advice on quitting a job or anything else, send us a message on Ask CellCgirl- our private and free way of chatting to you!

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