Have you ever quit your job without having another one in hand?
How did you handle it? How did it shape you and what happened afterward?
This was me sometime in the past.
Long story cut short
During my post-grad, I was working a part-time job. After completing my program, I kept working at the company and it was such a great team too. But I wasn’t comfortable with the fact that my part-time job required a lot of travel time to and fro from the client’s site, especially with the harsh conditions at the time (winter) and the fact that I don’t drive.
I didn’t have a problem with it, but after a few months, I knew that I hadn’t come this far to give up on my dreams of pursuing a career in HR just yet.
So shortly after my graduation, I knew I would have to quit at some point, find a full-time job that matches my career goals, and ultimately set myself up.
Was it a trying period? Yes, it was. Was it easy? No, it wasn’t. But it was totally worth it in the end.
Quitting a job can be one of the toughest decisions to make. You have to think of finances for a couple of months while you are searching for a new one. Think of how to get a new job and possible strategies. Think of how you’ll survive and constantly deal with avoiding negativity as well as maintaining a stable mind. This takes serious work and patience if you ask me.
Deciding to quit your job requires a lot of planning and determination. Don’t get me wrong, if you have the perfect job and you love your career path, you’d certainly want to remain with your organization. But if like me, you decided to transition career, you’d certainly want to go ahead with that path, and changing your job may just be the right thing to do!
One important question to keep asking yourself is whether you want to remain at your current job until you find another, or whether you want to quit and find a new one with time.
Whatever decision you decide to take may make or break you in one way or another. This is not to sound harsh but these are factors to consider:
- If you remain at your present job while searching for a new one, you’d have to give 100% of your time to your current job. This may negatively impact your chances of getting a new job because you’d be distracted.
- If you choose to quit your job instantly, you may have to battle with financial challenges and struggle with varying emotions. And you know what they say: “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”
The truth is, any decision you decide to make is not wrong in entirety. It all boils down to weighing your options and deciding what soothes your circumstance at the time. It also has to deal with what your top priorities are at the time.
It all has to come back to proper planning, as it can’t be overemphasized.
You need to plan when you intend to quit your job and how much savings you’ll need to come through. You need to plan how you intend to get a new job and map out strategies. You also need to set deadlines for yourself so that you are serious in your job search and set your priorities right. You don’t want to slack at some point.
Quitting a job to get a new one is a goal and should be treated as such.
Read: This is How to Set Goals
Over the course of these coming weeks, I’d be sharing tips, tricks, and hacks to help you land your dream job. I learned a lot of things during my job search and I am willing to share every bit of it to help someone that may need the information.
My job search experience shaped me and helped me improve my job search skills as time went on. You should subscribe to the blog to avoid missing any information. If you are looking to get a new job, the posts on how to get your dream job will be action packed.
Will I do this again if I had to? If I found myself in a similar situation again, I’d definitely want to give myself the go-ahead to try out my options, but presently, I am doing just great!
Now back to you, have you ever quit your job without having another one lined up? What was your experience like? Please share with us, we may learn one or two things.
Also, if you’d like me to discuss anything in particular about a job search, please let me know in the comment section.
P.S. I’ve had this post saved in my drafts folder for a while now and I wasn’t sure about posting it, but here we are. I love sharing with you because that’s what I believe we should stand for!
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