In this day and age, it is increasingly normal to move jobs on a regular basis.  In fact it’s estimated that the average school leaver will work for over 30 employers during their career. 

That’s a staggering statistic when compared with the average Baby Boomer who may only have 3-4 employers during their time in the workforce.

Whilst there are less expectations these days upon people to remain with their employer for decades at a time, there are still a few key things to consider before giving your notice.

Have something to go to.  Quitting before you have a job to go to is a bad idea.  If you’re currently employed you are a much more attractive candidate than if you are out of work.  There are two main reasons for this:

  • It looks better on your resume to be currently working.  This disparity increases the longer you are out of work.
  • You interview more confidently if you still have a job to go back to if things don’t work out.  Unemployed candidates are more desperate for work and this can often show up negatively under the pressure of an interview situation.

With this in mind, don’t quit and then look for a job, if you want to make a change, do it while you are still employed.

Sometimes it’s not them, it’s you.  You may be looking to leave your job because you’re not happy in your current situation.  However, I’ve seen a lot of people who go from one unhappy situation to another and it’s not always the employer’s fault. 

It reminds me of a great old saying.  If you go into one room and it smells, then go into another room and it smells and then go into a third room and it still smells, perhaps it’s time to take a bath.

Hopping from job to job because you’re unable to find the ideal situation is a futile exercise.  Working on yourself and finding a way to take responsibility for your own satisfaction levels will prove to be a more beneficial long-term career strategy than just resigning and moving somewhere else for another short-term role.

Always leave on good terms.  Sometimes it may be tempting to go out in a blaze of glory and let everyone know what you really think of them.  However, it’s never a good idea to burn your bridges and leave on bad terms.  Whenever possible, keep to your current company’s leave notice policy and make sure that you’re courteous and respectful when you inform your boss of your intentions to move on.

It’s better for your reputation, it’s the classier thing to do and in this small digital world, you never know what the long-term implications of a rude, abrupt ending to your tenure at a particular company can be.

These are my three factors to think about before resigning.  If you get these right, then your career will be more successful in the long-term.

Is there anything missing from the list?

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