It’s normal to let your mind wander and entertain thoughts of a different career, a high-level position or change in your everyday work life. It’s even more so if you have had a couple rough days (or months) at the office or always dreamed of being a teacher, but now you’re an accountant. But before you make the decision thoroughly to leave your job behind, let’s determine if quitting is the right route for you:
In the past, a resume with only one job on it showed loyalty. Now, employers look for adaptability and growth. A work history of several jobs with different companies shows you are just that — flexible and well-rounded. But keep in mind employers don’t want a job hopper who has a history of switching jobs every two years. Whether you left due to boredom, a better opportunity or unruly behavior, they’ll wonder if you’ll do the same to them. Future employers look at how long you were with each company you’ve worked for and why you left. If you quit today, how will you explain your reasoning to your future boss? If you can confidently say it was for a good reason, then go for it.
Besides money, what else does this particular job provide? Will your commute change and perhaps worsen? Is daily work life mundane, but your current company offers significant benefits? These are all things you might regret saying goodbye to, even if you got your dream job. Weigh the risks and benefits. If you’re ready for a challenge and willing to part with all the perks, go ahead. Update your LinkedIn profile. Go online and print business cards for less. Join a networking group and tell the world you’re ready for a change.
Lastly, you may want to analyze your reasons for wanting to quit. Is there an unresolved issue between you and a co-worker that you’d rather avoid than address? Do you feel underpaid? Like you’re in the wrong position? Unheard? While these are legitimate concerns, quitting isn’t the only way to resolve them. First, talk to your supervisor about your concerns. Don’t think you have to be a team player in one department if you know your strengths are in another. Help your boss help you by making sure he or she is aware of your needs. Instead of looking elsewhere, address the problem at hand. What you truly want is a promotion in the field you are already in? Make it known. If there is no room for growth in your current company, then you have a legitimate reason to start looking elsewhere. Good luck!