When is the Right Time to Quit My Job
Last week, I received an email from Andrew Seaman, Senior News Editor at LinkedIn, asking my advice on people making “a career shift right now - whether it’s landing a new job or making a career pivot.”
We literary live in an ever-changing world, and the pandemic has shown us how things can drastically change in our world.
The pandemic has put things into perspective. Many people have realised they don’t want to continue in a job they don’t enjoy, while others have come to see that they are not getting the support/progression/pay they need. This has prompted many to think about whether they want to return at all.
Of course, any life-changing decision should be made with careful thought and consideration.
Whenever I have the opportunity to speak with anyone about a career change, my first question will be to get clear on one thing; “what is the purpose for the change”? Apart from considering other economic factors, with the UK recession on the horizon, jobs are likely to be scarce to come by.
According to London-based Executive Connexions, 51% of job seekers required 4 or more months to locate their new job during the pandemic, and for a while after, both numbers will likely be higher.
Yet, the pandemic has brought a significant change to many in different scope of life; so, it is effortless to focus on the negative attributes only. I have seen many growth opportunities during this period. A few people have secured new jobs after being made redundant, while some have started their dream businesses.
Being a business development coach, at least 4 women launched their businesses during the initial lockdown in 2020 through our business development coaching programme.
There can never be a better time for anyone looking for a career move to embark on a journey that will bring them happiness and fulfilment when carefully planned.
BUT, before throwing in your resignation letter, you might want to ask the following questions.
Why do I need to move my job, or why do I need to resign from my current job?
If I resign from this job, does my next move bring me happiness and fulfilment?
Have I carried out my research on my next move, and I am truly convinced that I am taking the right step at the right time?
Do I have the financial cushion for at least the next 6 months?
The above questions will at least help you in your decision making.
4 things that are good to consider before any career move;
Be true to yourself: Never mix up the feelings about lockdown with your job. It can be very easy to feel unsettled and overwhelm during an uncertain period. And if you are contemplating making a significant decision – such as changing jobs, it is vital not to be irrational when taking such a decision. The decision to changing your job should strictly be on the role you currently have and your career vision or goals. A good way to do this is to think about whether you’ve had any doubts about your job in the past or if they’ve occurred recently.
Look for opportunities: The pandemic has created some opportunities in specific sectors of the economy, and for those who have been in the wrong job, now could be the time to move on to the role they have always desired.
Make changes in your current role: Ask yourself if your values are being fulfilled in your current working environment or if there could be some simple adjustments. Whether you are looking for a new role or a career change, this is the best time to create the opportunity through Personal Development. More than ever, many organisations seek employees who are flexible and able to adapt to the new changes that are happening in our world and still add value. Seeking a new role might require you to display some exceptional IT skills to your potential employers that you have the relevant skills to make the difference. Learning new technologies to perform your work efficiently is very important at this moment in time.
So, if there are specific changes you can make in your current role that will bring fulfilment to your life and career goals, you may not need to change your job. This could mean negotiating a new way of working (like working from home more), a pay rise, different support structures or even going part-time.
Don’t be afraid to make a move if you must: Having considered the above points, don’t allow fear to hold you backwards. Once you have answered the previous questions confidently, trust your guts feeling and follow your heart.
I have met many talented individuals who could have been employers of labour but got stuck in a day job because of fear of the unknown. “How do I pay my bill, how do I pay my mortgage, what if I don’t get another job. They always forget to ask, what if I get sacked from my current job? What if my existing skills become obsolete? What if the organisation I work with go into liquidation”?
Fear is a big enemy to our progress, and we must not allow fear to stop us from accomplishing our life goals. But by all means, before tendering your resignation, ensure you have a job offer that will help you to fulfil your career goals or perhaps, you might be considering starting your own business. Ensure you have started to earn a reasonable income from that business before you resign from your day job.
Lastly, talk to trusted friends about it or speak to a career advisor or a business coach who can guide you without being biased.