10 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Job
The Great Resignation continues to make its presence felt across the global workforce. According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2022 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey, 44% of surveyed employees consider themselves as “job seekers”. Based on Earthweb’s statistics, only 20% of the world’s workforce feel engaged in their work and 41% are thinking of resigning. In Vietnam, an online survey reported that six out of 10 people are looking for new work.
Quitting your job is a major career move that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before you turn in your resignation, here are some points to help you make an informed decision and to guide you through the process.
1. Exhaust all internal options
Have you fully explored all possible means that would help you stay with your current employer? You may want to discuss with your manager if it’s possible to request for a raise (assuming the salary increase will be commensurate to your accomplishments), a new work schedule, or a shift to a different role that might give you more job satisfaction. Evaluate all your available options first. Doing so will also give you more reassurance if you finally decide to stay or quit.
2. Assess your professional needs
Identify what is it that you really need that can only be found if you leave your current job. Do you need a more flexible work schedule? Do you want to hone your skills in another industry? Knowing what will motivate you to resign will also help you to determine what you are aspiring for in your career.
3. Establish your post-resignation plan
If you’re resigning because you received a better job offer, good for you. But if there’s none, you’d better make sure you’re well-prepared. So before you resign, plan ahead on how you’ll get by financially whilst you’re looking for work. Create a more focussed job search plan with a clear idea on what your preferences are for the kind of job you want.
4. Keep a record of your accomplishments
Whether you have plans of resigning or not, make sure you document your noteworthy achievements whilst you’re still employed. This will provide an accurate record of your work experience. By the time you decide to resign, you’re ready with your list of accomplishments that you can include in your CV when you start applying again.
5. Ask for recommendations
Some employers request for references when they assess your application. Before you resign, ask for an endorsement from colleagues and supervisors that you’ve actively worked with. Make sure the ones you’ve chosen can provide an accurate perspective of your work experience.
6. Review your company’s resignation protocol
To ensure a smooth exit, take note of the company’s policy on employee resignations. Your employer might require a particular timeframe where you will tender your resignation to give them ample time to find your replacement. You might also be asked to do a proper turnover of office equipment and other official documents. In any case, be compliant with the protocols and don’t hesitate to ask HR or your manager for any clarification.
7. Assist with the seamless transition
After you’ve informed the relevant stakeholders about your resignation, find ways to help ensure a seamless transition of responsibilities without causing major disruptions in the day-to-day operations. Recommend candidates who can take on your role. Organise your files, documents, and other work-related materials for a smoother turnover. Do this out of respect for your manager and colleagues to save them time and effort as they adjust to your future replacement.
8. Gather your work samples
When you leave the company, you will no longer have access to any file-sharing platforms where you may have stored your work. So make sure you download and save on your personal storage all your samples of work, personal information, or other non-proprietary files whist you’re still with the company. This will enable you to build a portfolio that you can use to present to hiring managers during your application.
9. Be thankful and keep the connection
Take the time to thank your colleagues and your manager for their significant roles in your work life. Let them know that you’d like to stay connected and send them your contact details. Don’t burn bridges. It shows your professionalism and how much you value and respect your work relationships. You’ll never know when you might work with them again but in a different capacity.
10. Stay in contact with HR on your resignation process
Make sure that you meet up with an HR representative to help facilitate your resignation. Update them on your status, your compliance to the company’s resignation policies, and let them know if there’s any problem along the way. You can also enquire about any benefits that you can receive as an ex-employee. This includes your final pay, limited health or insurance coverage benefits, and other forms of compensation that may be due to you.
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