Are You Thinking of Quitting Your Job After the Pandemic?

Are you considering quitting your job after the Pandemic?  People are quitting jobs at an alarming rate these days and for a variety of reasons. In fact, there are so many people leaving their jobs after the pandemic that this period in time has been coined “The Great Resignation.” According to an article on Bloomberg Businessweek, “The numbers are multiplied by the many pandemic-related epiphanies—about family time, remote work, commuting, passion projects, life and death, and what it all means—that can make people turn their back on the 9-to-5 office grind.”

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Employees are quitting because some want better hours, a better work environment, or better benefits. Others want to continue working from home or reduce the number of hours they work. Whatever the reason, opportunities are opening up all over the country as employees are making the decision to leave their job. 

Things to Consider Before You Quit

If you’ve been thinking of quitting your job after the pandemic, there are some things to consider.

Why do you want to quit?

If you’re looking for better benefits, you want to continue working from home, or you want to reduce your hours, think about talking to your employer before handing in your resignation. Companies are losing too many employees, and they want to hold on to the good ones they have so they’re more willing to make compromises. Talk to your employer about changes you’d like to see in how you do your job. You may find that they’re more willing than you think to agree to your requests.

Will you be able to find another job?

Many companies are reducing their staff and postponing hiring because they’re still unable to function as they did before the pandemic or aren’t bringing in as much business. They don’t have the need for as many people as they did before. Quitting your job before you have another one lined up may mean a longer time of being unemployed. Many experts predict higher unemployment rates later this year, and the market is becoming oversaturated with highly qualified job candidates. This may mean it will become much harder to find work.

Will you lose valuable experience?

As companies shift to new ways of doing business, many employees are learning new skills they didn’t know they needed. You may be learning how to hold better client meetings virtually or rethinking how you do business. If this is the case, leaving your job means you won’t have the opportunity to learn these skills that will serve you later.

What will potential employers think? 

Quitting your job during or immediately after the pandemic can be viewed by potential employers as a lack of loyalty or commitment to your job. This can work against you when being considered for another job. Companies want to hire employees they can count on, not ones who’ll walk out when they’re needed the most.

What if you already have a new job offer?

There are two things you need to consider when thinking about accepting a new job offer. One is the new company in a position to offer you a long-term position. They may be acting in good faith when presenting you an offer only to find that the company is not coming back as they had hoped. You may find yourself laid off shortly after taking the new job. And two, are you up for starting something new. With a new job comes learning new software programs, picking up new skills, working with a new team of people, a different commute, different hours, and different expectations. Sometimes, what you’re already comfortable with is better and easier than starting all over again.

If you’ve been thinking of quitting your job after the pandemic, think long and hard about your options before jumping ship. You may find it’s better to stay where you are.

Do You Need Help?

If you need help updating your resume, practicing for an interview, or organizing your job search information during these challenging times, consider reaching out to Rachel Schneider, CPC at Career Find to assist you.

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Non-Traditional Exit Strategies

Feeling really squeezed and underappreciated in your current role? Does the thought of staying in your current job one more second make you want to jump out the window?  

You are not alone.  A recent What’s Working study indicates  32 percent of employees are actively looking for other work.

Non-Traditional Exit Strategies

Consider These Strategies

If the traditional exit strategy,  Top 10 Things to Do When Leaving a Job,  doesn’t work for you, consider the following:

Leave of absence

Instead of giving your notice, ask to go on a brief leave of absence. Use the time to decompress, get your resume together and start an active job search.

Change in Position Within Company

Leverage your company contacts and connections to try to move to a different position within your current company.  This preserves seniority, vacation time, etc.

Become an Entrepreneur

Work for yourself and set your own schedule.  While this may sound great, you are totally dependent on making a profit with your new business.  So think long and hard before jumping into this. While a perfect fit for some people, it isn’t for everyone.

If you need ideas or help:

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create an exit strategy that will accomplish your goals while leaving your professional integrity intact.

 

By |2019-05-06T10:12:24-05:00March 21st, 2017|How to Quit Your Job|Comments Off on Non-Traditional Exit Strategies

Top 10 Things to Do When Leaving a Job

At some point, most people will quit a job and move on to other employment.

A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that almost 3 million workers voluntarily left their positions this past August.

If you are planning to join the ranks of those leaving their current position there are a few things you need to do to make sure you have preserved relationships and have a smooth transition to your next job.

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Top 10 Things to Do

These items apply to most employees, there are exceptions.  Review the list and make sure you’ve got it covered ahead of time.

1. Wait till new job is confirmed.

If going to other employment, make sure you have the job.   Don’t rush into a resignation before the other job is a done deal and you have official confirmation.

 

2. Don’t quit without a plan.

If you are thinking of quitting without a new job, assess your alternatives and explore some options first. It is easier to find another job when you are employed.

 

3. Make a budget. 

Estimate how long your savings will last if you will be out of work for a while. If going to another job it may be a lapse until you start receiving a paycheck from the new company.  Planning for these expenses makes things less stressful.

 

4. Make a list of what you do on the job. 

Create a running list of your accomplishments so you can document them as concretely as possible.

 

5. Update your resume and LinkedIn. 

Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date.  This will be helpful if you are searching for a job or if your new employer checks out the information when considering what tasks to assign to you.

 

6. Save work samples.

Transfer some non-proprietary samples of your work and documents that may be helpful in future jobs to your home computer or personal email.  Some organizations will escort you to your office to box up personal items and cut off your computer access when you tell them you’re leaving.

 

7. Remove any personal files from your work computer. 

Delete them from your computer prior to turning in your resignation.  This includes personal emails etc.

 

8. Write your resignation letter. 

Be kind and gracious.  The way you handle your resignation will have an impact on how your manager feels about you after you’re gone (and when giving references in the future). Don’t burn bridges.

 

9. Provide recommendations. 

Compose LinkedIn and/or written recommendations for supervisors, colleagues, and any employees who worked for you. Do this without being asked.

 

10. Say Thank You.

A thank you for all the experiences and opportunities you have had in your current position goes a long way. Be kind and polite.  Now is not the time to badmouth anyone.  It is also not the time to gloat about moving on to greener pastures.

 

Bonus:   Help make the transition go well. 

Meet with your supervisor and offer to do anything possible to help fill the void created by your departure.  Ask for input from your supervisor regarding the priorities for your final days.  Your professionalism during your final days of employment will be remembered.

These steps will help you prepare to leave and preserve relationships.  You never know when your paths may cross again.  Good luck as you transition to your next career steps.

Contact Me

If you or someone you know wants to create a solid, reliable resume and plan that differentiates you from the competition and helps you rise to the top of the stack, please contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for a consultation.  Working with her will help you yield job opportunities and get to where you strive to professionally be.

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How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

So you’ve decided to quit your job, what’s the best way to resign with class?

Ending your job can be stressful, but there are a few best practices to follow when you don’t want to burn any bridges. Courtesy, etiquette and professionalism go a long way. Create an exit strategy starting with these three tips…

  • Start your active job search well before giving your notice. It is always best to have your next position lined up prior to quitting you current job.
  • Next give enough notice. The standard notice has traditionally been two weeks, but we recommend consulting your employee handbook in case your employer expects more or less of a warning.
  • Lastly, write a polite resignation letter thanking your employer for the opportunities you had during your tenure. This gives you a better chance of getting a good reference if needed.

 

Are you feeling fed up and underappreciated? Does the thought of staying in your current role one more second make you want to jump out of the window? If you don’t feel like you have the patience for a traditional exit strategy, consider these three options first before storming out and possibly burning bridges…

  • Ask for a brief leave of absence. Use this time to decompress, get your resume together and start an active job search.
  • Is an inner company move the right for you? Consider leveraging your company connections to try to move to a different position within your current company.
  • Call your Career Coach Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create an exit strategy that will accomplish your goals while leaving your professional integrity in tact.

 

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