Thinking of Quitting Your Job? Don’t, Until You Follow These 4 Steps

By Robert Half May 20, 2015 at 1:40pm

Nearly three million people quit their jobs in March, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Do you plan on joining them? Here’s what you need to know before writing that resignation letter.

With a strong job market for administrative professionals, it may be tempting to think about finding a new job. However, sometime it’s best to stay put. Be sure you think about these four issues before quitting your job:

1. Whether you can take on the risk

Although you may feel restless after years in the same dependable job, what is really the cause of your current dissatisfaction? Are you and the boss or one of your colleagues not getting along, or do you find the entire job unrewarding? Also look at what’s happening in the rest of your life. For example, if you’ve taken on new debt (a mortgage, a car loan), staying in a secure position may be the better choice. Similarly, if you’re financially responsible for children or other members of your family, stability is a valuable commodity.

2. The reality of hiring conditions in your region

When you’re having a bad day, it’s easy to imagine a better job. But does that dream job really exist? Conduct a reality check by evaluating the opportunities in your job specialty and region. Start by taking a look at resources like the OfficeTeam 2015 Salary Guide and use the Salary Calculator to make sure you understand compensation trends. Are companies hiring administrative professionals with your level of experience and mix of skills? Do the vacant positions described on job boards appeal to you? Do they seem like a better fit than your current position? If the answer to any of these is “no,” you may be better off staying where you are.

3. Possibility of change at your employer

Perhaps you’d like a position with more responsibility and greater compensation. Before you launch a job search, talk with your boss. Mention your desire to take on increased responsibility and why you feel you deserve more pay. You might be pleasantly surprised by what the firm will do to keep you. If the changes you seek can’t be made, however, it may be time to consider quitting your job.

4. Your true potential

Say you spot an enticing job posting by a prestigious company that’s offering a better salary and benefits than your current employer. Your imagination kicks into high gear.

Before you start writing that resignation letter in your mind, try to see yourself objectively, the way a hiring manager would. Will your work history stack up well against those of dozens, perhaps hundreds of other candidates? Do you have cutting-edge technological proficiency? Are your skills portable to other jobs or roles? How will you immediately contribute to your new employer’s business objectives? With the skills you’ve built up over years, it could surprise you how marketable you are. On the other hand, you may need some further training and experience to better compete for top jobs.

The decision to throw in the towel isn’t always an easy one. Consider your unique situation carefully before making the leap this year.

Are you thinking about quitting your job? What factors are driving your decision?

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