Quitting a job too soon—or too late—can profoundly affect your career and well-being.
Here to prevent either rash resignations or decades-long dithering is a handy flowchart created by resume.io. The piece can help determine whether it’s time to move on, or if you just need to tweak tactics to make your workplace more tolerable. Some of the sage guidance is presented below.
If the source of your malaise is a specific person, the piece says to:
- Get an outside perspective; gather advice from a trusted co-worker on how to handle the problematic person.
- Raise these issues with your manager to see if anything can be done to minimize contact.
- Arrange a meeting with HR to discuss possible conflict solutions.
If it’s a matter of mistrust, or a sense that you’re stuck in a toxic environment, be intentional about not getting sucked into workplace drama. Resume.io advises:
- Stay focused on your tasks and on things you can control.
- Ignore and avoid infighting, conflicts and petty rivalries.
- Document any troublesome incidents to capture evidence in case of a dispute.
Now, if you loathe everything about your line of work and dream of a different career, consider:
- Have you received training to qualify for your preferred, alternative career?
- Have you challenged yourself in your current role—or have you just given up?
- If there’s something else you’d like to be doing, have you started building up a portfolio or gained practical experience?
Resume.io offers this helpful reminder: “It’s often easier to change the circumstances of your current job than to find a new one.” So do your due diligence to alter or enhance your role rather than bail out. Try these approaches:
- Establish a framework for career progression.
- Ask to either shed tasks you hate or add duties that interest you.
- See whether you can work a more flexible schedule.
- Establish a set of concrete goals to work toward.
If you do decide to quit, the piece suggests planning a graceful exit. Be prepared to:
- Answer questions about why you’re leaving (hopefully in a nice way, to avoid burning bridges).
- Remove any sensitive personal information from your computer.
- Craft heartfelt thank-you notes for relevant bosses and colleagues.
Consult the rest of resume.io’s flowchart for more guidance on wisely handling crucial career decisions.