To resign or not to resign is a topic that has plagued many of us at some point in our lives and, believe it or not for some it is one of the most of difficult decisions that we will have to make. Should you take the plunge or not? Here are a few points to consider before you commit to a life-changing decision:
- Take the time to self-reflect. There are some important aspects to consider, such as clearly understanding what it is that you want to do, what will the marketplace allow you to do and understanding your intrinsic motivation.
- Do I have the support of my family and friends? Changing jobs will affect others in your life so you must speak to your family before deciding. Also consider the daily routines such as dropping off kids, attending that after-school event and spending time together. Work-life balance is often an oversight when looking to get out of a difficult job situation.
- Often, I have heard job seekers remark, “I love my job, but I need more money”. My advice here is to speak to your employer. The chances are that your employer values you and does not want to lose you. Often, he/she will agree to an increase or incentive to avoid the tedious task of finding a new employee and having to train that person.
- Thoroughly research the firms in your industry and specific companies you would like to work for. Know the company’s mission and vision and make sure that it is line with your values and career aspirations. Irrespective of the reason you are leaving a current job, you need to make certain of the growth and development opportunities that will be available at the new employer.
Changing jobs is both a stressful and exciting time for job seekers. Your decision must be well thought out and based on critical research and insights. At OPTIVET, we would be pleased to help and guide you through this important decision.
“We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.” —Stephen Covey