Category: Career Advice
Created on Sunday, 03 April 2011 00:00
Written by Winnie Tan
Has this question been popping up in your mind frequently? Or worse, it has been in your mind for the past year?
It takes much courage for one to quit a job you are comfortable in. And for those in jobs that they loathe, you may have some reservations about whether this is an impulsive move or a misguided thought in a moment of anger or frustration.
Nonetheless, this is a bugging thought to be dealt with and here are some objective questions that may help guide you towards your next course of action, be it to leave or to change your attitude towards your job. Are there very strong, valid reasons you should quit?
Are there any compelling reasons that you should leave? Some examples are that a family member or child needs special attention or care at home, or a new health ailment puts your life in danger as you work. For the former, you could speak to your boss about flexible work arrangements and, for the latter, you have good solid reasons to leave – health is priceless wealth while alternative jobs could be found.
If you do not have such strong reasons to leave (and that is why you are reading this), move on to the next question… Have you given your current job enough time?
It takes some time – usually a year or two – before you get a clear feel of a job and what it entails and it would be unfair to you or your employer to quit before you even get to fully understand your job. Besides, brief periods of employment doesn't look good on your resume regardless of how impressive the establishments are.
However, if you have been on board for more than a year and your work is completely different from what you were told you will be doing or you are unsatisfied that that is all there is to your job, it is time to speak to your boss about it. Have you given your boss a chance?
Speak to your boss about your job. What is the problem? If the job is completely out of what you expected, could you transfer out to another department that is more relevant? If it is not challenging enough, could you propose projects or improvements to the product or service? Or could you let him know you are seeking greater personal and/or career development and you are willing to take up more responsibilities?
You might just have learnt things so quickly that you are yearning for greater development, or you are feeling there is a lack of resources to carry out your job well. Regardless, your current company or boss could be able to do something about it. But not if you do not tell them what you want. So give them a chance, and give yourself a chance too. More troubleshooting...
Here are the top few reasons resignations happen, and what could be done.
1. Lack of passion
Is reigniting the passion possible? Read more about Reignite the Passion for your Job here
2. Underappreciated, underpaid
Feeling underappreciated or underpaid? Check out our article Am I Underpaid?
, and find get some tips from The Art of Negotiation
And if you are feeling lost and directionless, perhaps it is high time you reassess your career options. Check out the 4 Myths of Choosing a Career
as well as The VISE Way of Picking your Career
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If you have answered all the questions above honestly, eventually found yourself convinced that it is time to leave this job and you can afford to do so, here's how to Resign with Grace
!You might also like: Reignite the Passion for your Job
, The Art of Negotiation
, 4 Myths of Choosing a Career
, Am I Underpaid?
, Resign with Grace
, The VISE Way of Picking your Career