Quitting a job is a life altering decision and one that you should never take in haste. Before you take the leap and put in the two weeks’ notice, it is time to ask yourselves some questions. This ensures that you are making a well thought out decision about quitting your job. Never take the decision to quit on a whim.
- Why do I want to quit?
This is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself. Most of us tend to reach a point in our jobs where we feel burnt out. If you are having one of these fleeting moments and had decided to quit, you need to rethink your decision. If you don’t have a single logical explanation or valid reason, take time to think about it. Don’t act in haste and regret later.
- What about your current work environment is frustrating you? Have you tried to remedy the issues?
Pinpointing the issues that you have in your current work environment is important, as this can help you resolve them. Is the work environment abusive and unbearable? Is the problem with people or work itself? After you have identified the problems, it is advisable to make efforts to resolve them. If in spite of your best efforts to remedy the issues, you still feel that quitting is the most suitable decision, then it is time to quit.
- What do I like and dislike about this position?
Decide what you like and dislike about your current position as this can help you plan your future career goals.
- What’s next? What do you intend to do?
Even though this is an obvious question, you will be surprised to know that most people don’t think about it. Before you quit you need to have a plan about what you intend to do next.
- Did I save enough to cover expenses?
If you have saved enough for a rainy day then quitting the job will not be an immediate issue. If you don’t have enough money to pay the bills, things can become difficult within a few days or weeks.
- How do I cut expenses and earn some income before landing my next job?
Good jobs don’t come easy and it may be sometime before you land the next one. You need to have a plan to cut expenses and earn some income, so that you are able to survive financially.
- Do I have the support of my family and friends?
Quitting a job not just affects you but your family too. It is best to have an honest conversation with your family about the reasons for quitting.
- What are my long-term career goals?
Think about what your long-term career goals are before you decide to quit.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Ask yourself what you are best at and what you need to improve.
- Is this the right time?
It is advisable to look at the overall job market before you decide to quit.
Do your homework before you quit and ask yourself questions that can impact your future.