Feeling dissatisfied and praying for a change? These are some questions to keep in mind before you take the plunge and submit your resignation.
1. Has it been a year?
Before you are ready to take the plunge, you may want to ascertain how long you have been at your company. Leaving within a year comes with negative connotations and may hurt your chances of re-employment in the long run. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and stay on a little longer. Give your employer (and yourself!) a fair chance to see if things improve.
That being said, if you are acutely aware that this job is not right for you, you can make plans to leave as soon as possible. Rather than getting fired by continually putting in sub-par effort, it is sometimes better to just nip things in the bud and leave early.
2. What is my backup plan?
The most important issue to address is your backup plan. You will be ready and willing to quit once you have a firm backup plan. Otherwise, you will forever be in limbo and complaining to everyone you meet about how you absolutely hate your job. Spare everyone the misery and complaining, and just TAKE ACTION.
If you find yourself hesitating to take action, this may actually be a sign that you are not ready to go and that perhaps your job isn’t as bad as you think.
Start by updating your LinkedIn, speaking to recruiters and looking for job postings in your field online. Get your feelers out there and the response will be the best indicator of whether you are ready and willing to take the plunge.
3. Is this the best time?
Generally, most people like to resign after bonus season. Reasons being self-explanatory ($).
Another reason to consider when resigning is your workload. Be very careful if you decide to resign in the middle of a big project or if leave your colleagues and bosses stranded in peak season. Such a move often burns bridges and may cost you in the long-term.
Former employers are your best references and as far as possible, you should try to leave on good terms. Being open to staying until your team finishes the big project or at least formulating a good transition plan will help you leave a great impression, secure referees for your future employment and can be great leverage to negotiate other aspects of your departure. For instance, use of employee benefits or cashing out remaining leave days.
4. Is this the best date?
Friday afternoons are a good time to submit your resignation. It’s a prelude to the weekend and people are in good moods. At the same time, check your boss’s schedule to make sure he/she is in the office. Also make sure to inform HR on the same day or at least the next working day so they can start processing your resignation.
It is also important to consider your final day in the office (i.e., date of resignation plus notice period minus any set-off days). If you have a job immediately lined-up, you may have to resign as soon as possible. It is important to have this final date in estimation when you negotiate future employment, so that ideally you have 1 – 2 weeks of buffer rest time before you start your new job.
Finally, we recommend starting to bring things home a week before your final day so that you don’t have an insane amount of stuff to carry home on your last day.
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