In today’s tough economy, many people will tell you that even thinking about quitting is stupid. However, if your intent is to get a better job, do it with all the right moves. From an old guy who spent more than 40 years in the business rat race, consider some scenarios to ponder when your time to quit may be near:
1. The company is downsizing: Though assured by higher management that your job is safe, you’re aware employees are being axed. You could be next, so start work on an updated resumé and compose application letters. Keep all plans for quitting totally confidential. Be sure no employment agency nor potential new employer contacts you at work.
2. Career change: You’re restless in the current job and want to move on. There may be a choice job elsewhere in the world or you’re thinking of a total career direction. Most important, you have or will be able to earn enough to meet your new lifestyle and family responsibilities.
3. You need to relocate: Your mate is moving far away with a new job, and you must go along. If your current job isn’t that critical in career plans, give it serious consideration. If you can relocate and easily get another job within your vocation, such as nursing or teaching, the move shouldn’t be too disruptive. Resign on friendly terms, so you’ll be sure to get positive reference letters from management.
4. You have an legit offer for a better job: Of course, this is the best reason to leave a job. As soon as you’re absolutely certain you have that new job and an official starting date, tell your current management you’re leaving. Be fair and give at least two weeks’ notice.
5. You can’t stand your current job: Whether because of a lousy boss, knife-stabbing co-workers, romance gone bad or other bothersome reason, you need to flee. First try to solve the problem peacefully and stay on.
New jobs aren’t that easy to find. Be patient and maybe save your job through arbitration or transfer to a new division. If impossible, don’t just get mad and slam the door behind you. While still in the old job, start a serious search and leave on your terms, hopefully without a loss of steady income.
6. You deserve better: You believe discrimination, harassment or other bad deal has kept you from getting a higher salary or promotion. When you get a firm, written offer and starting date, be nice when leaving and not flip anyone off. Well, maybe that back-stabbing s.o.b. who got the promotion that should have been yours.
7. You need higher ed: You decide to quit the current job because you can earn an advanced degree or tech qualification. Returning to the job market with a master’s or more tech skills makes you a better candidate for management and/or higher pay.
Before quitting, check with company’s policy on education, and you may find you can keep your job while working on advanced qualifications. In some cases, the company pays for it.
Summary: Quitting a job voluntarily is not always an easy nor simple decision. The very best reason, of course, is if you’ve been offered a job with better compensation, benefits and opportunities for advancement. Give appropriate notice and move out and on up.