Things To Ask Yourself Before You Quit Your Job

30 August 2016 Megan Swan

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There comes a point in everyone’s career where you question where you are headed and what you are doing. You toy with the idea of quitting your job and taking on something new but it is a big decision and there are a lot of opinions from colleagues, family and friends or even your recruiter on what they think you should do. Below are some questions you should ask yourself before quitting your job.

Dollars and sense: If you are leaving a secure role just for money I would suggest thinking twice about this, money should never be the sole reason you change roles and as the old saying goes “money doesn’t buy happiness”

Who else will this affect: Will this make changes to your family, ability to get to and from work, travel times? This decision needs to be about you but you also need to look at the impact I might have on those around you and consult them in the decision making process.

Why: Why are you quitting? Have you simply had a bad day or is there more to it? Write a list of the reasons why you want out and then look at how you might be able to change any of those things and is there anything on that list that will follow you to the next role. Having a clear idea of ‘why’ will make sure you make an informed decision about quitting or staying and then it will also help you get clear on what it is you need to get out of your next role.

Have a plan: You should never quit your job without another role to go into, study to start or something else in place. It doesn’t look favourable to future employers that you simply quit and hoped for the best, finding a new role can take time and you don’t want to be in a position where you are forced into having to accept anything that comes your way because you need a job.

If you do decide to quit your role the decisions needs to be something you are 100% comfortable with. Be sure you go about things in a professional manner, you just never know when you will need to call on your previous boss or colleagues for a reference.