CAREER DEVELOPMENT / MAR. 28, 2015
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5 Things to Reconsider Before You Resign

Are you contemplating on leaving behind your current job for something newer or better? Has that opportunity you’ve been waiting for finally become available? Maybe you’re not even financially prepared to quit, but you’re still on the verge of leaving it all behind?

You may just want to step on the brakes before fully going forth with your decision. Quitting your job could be a step in the right direction – or it could be the wrong move for you.

According to US News’ Money Blog, assessing the situation prior to pursuing a job replacement is the best thing to do. Resigning from your job early could place you in an unemployment bind for months or years to come – especially if you don’t have another alternative to look forward to.

See also: 10 Signs You Should Quit Your Job

Located below are a few things you should consider before moving on to a different job:

1. Your Advantages and Benefits

What are some things that you have gained from your current job that you probably wouldn’t experience anywhere else?

Whether it’s closer traveling distance or salary bonuses, these are some benefits of your job you may be overlooking. However, it may be the complete opposite for you. The job you’re considering may very well have better rewards. The new job could possibly be offering better flexibility, vacation leave or health insurance benefits. Whatever the case may be, you should be completely confident in weighing out the pros and cons before making a decision.

2. Your Longevity on the Job

How long have you been a worker for your employer? What is your overall longevity record since you’ve entered the labor force?

These are some concerns you need to thoroughly bear in mind. If you’re a habitual quitter who tends to stay on a job less than two years before leaving, then staying at your current job may be the best option for you at this time. The worst reputation you could make for yourself is one that portrays you as a job hopper. Even if you wanted to change professions, potential employers are typically wary of candidates who lack long-term staying power. Unless there is a good reason to why you’re resigning – like a breech in contract on the employer’s part or workplace safety issues – you should attempt to stick it out.

3. Your Emotions Towards the Job

Is your consideration driven by workplace frustration, animosity, or boredom?

Don’t immediately react to the first negative emotion you feel about your job, especially if it’s a fresh feeling. Whatever adverse thoughts you have in your head about your job, they should be reevaluated. You may be blowing the circumstances all out of proportion. What you’re experiencing could be temporary feelings and situations that may pass by soon. So, give it some time and see if you can hang in there a little longer. Only move to another job if the problems continue to exist or never improve.

4. Your Transparency with Your Boss

Have you confronted your boss about your concerns and dissatisfaction?

Sometimes it’s helpful to open up to your boss about any discontent you are experiencing on the job. This can work out perfectly for workers who have sympathetic and communicative supervisors. If you have a good relationship with your boss, this mission should come easy to you. Whatever concerns you have, he or she should be willing to make any necessary accommodations. It doesn’t hurt to ask, because you never know what response you’ll receive. For those who are under authority that they despise, this may not be the best route to take. However, if you’re curious to see if your boss will do whatever it takes to keep you on board, then go for it!

5. Your Backup Plan to Find a New Job

Are you prepared for the next step(s)?

If you don’t already have a job to replace your current one, it’s wise to stay where you are until something comes through. As previously stated, job hunting takes time, so it’s not guaranteed that you’ll find a job after quitting. However, if you’re adamant about staying with your employer, make sure you plan out enough time to find a new job.

See also: How To, When and Why You Should Quit Your Dream Job

Quitting a job may seem easy to do, but there are some precautions to take before making a definite career adjustment. Be sure to ask yourself some of these important questions to help guide you in your decision-making.

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