When something feels wrong at work, is your first instinct is to hightail it to the boss’ office and resign? Quitting can have a powerful impact on your career—both positively and negatively—and should not be treated as a knee-jerk reaction to an issue.
While you may be experiencing workplace problems at the moment, that doesn’t mean they are unfixable. If you’re on the verge of quitting, take the time to evaluate your situation. Talk to your boss and see if the issues can be resolved, make a pro’s and con’s list weighing these issues against the better aspects of your job, talk to a recruiter about other comparable positions in the local market.
Making a plan to address the issues before quitting your current job will help you transition more quickly into the kind of job you really want, either through changes in your current workplace or in a new opportunity. If the issues can’t be resolved you’ll know what to avoid in future prospects, have open lines of communication with a recruiter and may be able to quit with a job offer in your back pocket, eliminating potential unemployment time.
Don’t quit quitting all together, just start quitting the smart way!