Most people on regular jobs have considered leaving at some point in their careers. But before you think about quitting your job, you have to ask yourself a lot of grave questions if you want to avoid taking a rash decision that you will regret for life.
Here are a few things that you should consider before quitting your present job.
The two-year rule
What exactly is this two-year rule that should be considered? Look at it this way. After a company has recruited you, it will take a few months to be trained so that you are comfortable in that job. But, most people do not automatically become proficient on their jobs, they go through the grind for some time before they fine-tune their skill sets and start to provide value to the company. This takes about a couple of years and hence, it is advisable to stick on for two years on a job at least before thinking of quitting.
Have you acquired the right experience?
When you quit your present job, you should be in a position to market your skills effectively for another role. If you are not sure about yourself, it is advisable to stay on a little longer. This way, you stand a better chance of getting the job you really want after quitting from the present one. For example, if you are in a domestic cleaning company, you should pick up every skill like carpet cleaning, spring cleaning, upholstery cleaning and the like before thinking of moving on.
Are you feeling overworked?
High levels of stress at the workplace are widespread today. If that is the case with you, are you quitting because you are feeling overworked and burned out? In that case, there are many alternatives that you can try before taking the plunge and quitting. You can talk to your colleagues, seek assistance or use some tools and resources to cope with the workload. Taking a break often does the trick of restoring sanity and will make you relaxed on the job. As J.T. O’Donnell, founder and CEO of CAREEREALISM.com puts it, “Sometimes, we get bored. We know the job like the back of our hand, it’s easy, and we’re looking for more of a challenge. So, you should be stepping up to the plate and ASKING for those responsibilities. Instead of quitting your job, it might be a good time to leverage the skills you’ve learned.”
Is there an external issue that is affecting you?
Are you blaming your job for stress when actually it is something else? Things like a relationship issue or financial matters can cause immense worries for a person that can spill over to the workplace. If you are quitting and blaming your job for that extra stress, it is definitely not a good idea as the same stress will be carried over to the next job. You should take a long hard look as to the source of your stress and then decide to quit.
These are some of the things to consider before quitting your job.