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Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Useful advice for making a tough decision.

 

You’ve had “quit job” on your agenda for a while, and now it’s time to decide.  Should you leave your company for greener pastures?  Or are they only greener because they’re on the other side?  If you take some time to work things out logically, you’ll be able to figure out if a career change is right for you.

 

Job Satisfaction – Is there any such thing?  Well, there can be.  Even if your job satisfaction isn’t through the roof, that doesn’t mean it will be at another office.  If you are unhappy at work, a new job may be the fix you need to turn things around.  But before you rush to quit your job on a whim, be honest with yourself about how you feel at your current job, and whether or not that is likely to change somewhere else. Plus don’t forget to address if you’re putting in what you want to get out from your job.

 

Weigh Your OptionsMake a ‘Pros and Cons’ list.  It’s an old trick that really helps.  Be aware of your “job reality,” – ie. Pro: I’ve got a job, Con: I might be temporarily unemployed if I quit.  Especially in today’s economy, ditching out on a job is not the smartest thing to do without some prior thinking. 

 

Think of a few things you’d be leaving behind.  Colleagues (is anyone a mentor? did you promise your participation to someone?), current projects (you’d leave before seeing the fruits of your labor?), future opportunities (leave before the annual company ski conference in Aspen?), pay raises (there’s often a Christmas bonus, right?), and experience (do I have that 1-2 years “experience” most new employers require?).

 

If you find more reasons to stay, that may be the right choice.  Plus, of course, the biggest weigh in of all, do you have that new job ready and waiting?  If not, and you don’t have any savings, that’s a big ‘Con’.

 

Make A Decision – This may be both the hardest and most important part.  Once you’ve considered your options, you need to decide whether to change your job or not.  If you decide to stay, work hard to improve things you don’t like.  How do you expect to enjoy something you only do with half effort or half heart? If you decide to go, focus on that new job.  And if you don’t have that new job, focus on finding a new job ASAP. 

 

You can’t change the world, but you can make yours a little easier to handle.  So if you can manage enough to keep your current paycheck, then do so.  But if you can’t be true to yourself and make the decision. And whether you go before or after you find a new job, never forget the final formalities – two weeks notice, letter of resignation, ask for references, and cordial company goodbyes.  Good luck!

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By davidporter

Before Leaving, Pt. 1

Finally, you’ve made the decision.  You’re leaving your job behind.  Congratulations.  Hopefully to move on to bigger and better things no doubt. You have a list of things to take care of now.


First Steps – What to take care of immediately after your big decision.
  • When breaking the news, discuss it in a private meeting with your boss first and foremost.  Having your boss find out first through word of mouth, will greatly injure your reputation.  Besides, it’s just a respectful, professional courtesy that is due your employer. 
  • Writing up a nice, simple to the point Letter of Resignation is always a good policy.
  • DO NOT leave your employer and colleagues high and dry.  Imagine how you felt when that co-worker just disappeared and you were left picking up the slack.  Two weeks notice is the normal policy, but the more notice you can give, the better.  And it's always helpful to review your company's policy on the proper notice time.
Doing these things will save you some headache, and will keep your reputation in tact as you move on to the next chapter of your life.


Read On:


Before Leaving, Pt. 2
Before Leaving, Pt. 3

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By aprile

Before Leaving, Pt. 2

Finally, you’ve made the decision.  You’re leaving your job behind.  Congratulations.  Hopefully to move on to bigger and better things no doubt. You have a list of things to take care of now.


As the clock starts clicking down to your last day, it’s almost guaranteed that you are completely, 100% going to lose interest in your job.  But do NOT let that ruin your professionalism. 

Stay Professional – What to take care of as the days go by. 
  • Don’t extend your breaks, and don’t start arriving to work late and leaving early.  Bad form, good person, bad form.
  • Work your last hours with gusto, getting things done and making things happen. 
  • If you are unable to complete an assignment, task or project, transfer it to the correct person successfully, helping them along the way with specific instructions, documents and direction. 
  • Don’t burn any bridges!  Hold your tongue to that co-worker who got under your skin or ate your marked lunch in the company fridge.  It’s so not worth it.  And be extra nice.  A bit cheesy, I know, but it helps keep work relationships in tact.  Much more important than letting off steam.
  • Schedule a final closing meeting with your boss or supervisor to go over any last details of any project, etc in order to cross your t's and dot your i's before you leave.
  • If there is a closing interview with HR, keep it cordial and respectful when answering questions.  This is not the time or place to vent either.
Doing these things will save your sanity during your last days.

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By aprile

Before Leaving, Pt. 3

Finally, you’ve made the decision.  You’re leaving your job behind.  Congratulations.  Hopefully to move on to bigger and better things no doubt. You have a list of things to take care of now.


Final Days
  • Start saying good bye to co-workers.  It’s always good to have a mental script ready for the inevitable questions of your next job venture. 
  • You could even exercise the last day “goodbye email” to your teams with your personal message and further contact info.
  • Also, do not leave a mess of your workspace.  Clean up your stuff, and especially remember to take all personal items.  When you give notice, you can start doing this a day at a time in order to avoid a mess of work and a “big box” move on your last day. 
  • And then on the last day, put back company materials, and clean company equipment like the computer and keyboard. 

Doing these things will save you some headache, and will keep your reputation in tact as you move on to the next chapter of your life.


Read On:

Before Leaving, Pt. 1
Before Leaving, Pt. 2

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By aprile

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