Quitting a job has never been a rosy affair. Whether you’ve just secured a well paying job elsewhere, or you’ve just decided to join a start up, it’s best to put in place a well thought out plan of action. This includes thinking over on your next steps of action once you have resigned as well as striving to clear professionally with your current employers. After all, you never know what the future might hold. Here are the 5 things you should always do before quitting a job.
1. Talk to people who’ve quit their jobs in the past
The best way to learn of what lies ahead after resigning is asking someone who resigned from their jobs in the past. Strive to know why they opted to resign, their first course of actions after resigning, their struggles and success stories. You don’t necessarily have to inform them that you actually intend to resign as well. Asking around will certainly help you make an informed decision that’s not pegged on emotions or wishful thinking but rather on facts and reality.
2. Figure out your next course of action
Nothing could be worse than leaping blindly from your current job hoping all will work out fine. Thanks to shrinking employment opportunities and unfavorable economic times, job vacancies are hard to come by nowadays. As such, the best scenario before handing in the notice is to have a well-considered alternative to your current job. If you’re venturing into business instead, having a plan of action will save you valuable man hours as well minimize wastage of financial resources from unexpected surprises.
3. Create a financial safety net to cushion you as you transition
Whether you’re just changing from your current job to one with a fatter paycheck, or joining a start up, one thing is for sure; your income flow will definitely be disrupted. That’s why it’s important to accumulate some savings from your income months before resigning. The savings can help cater for daily expenses, mortgages and more when your income stream dries up on resigning. As a rule of thumb, savings equivalent to four months of earnings will suffice to cater for your needs during the transition period.
4. Ramp up your visibility to target employers
If you’re mulling on calling it quits on your current job, you’d want to improve on your public profiles to attract the attention of potential employers. Update your LinkedIn profile among others and also participate in LinkedIn groups that can help champion your course.
5. Talk to your boss before handing in the notice
Regardless of how you relate with your current boss, it’s always wise to first notify them of your intentions before any of your colleagues knows of your intentions. Additionally, use the meeting with the boss to state the facts about your intended resignation rather than seeking a platform to air your past grievances and misgivings. You’ll not only establish a lasting impression on your boss this way but also make your resignation as smooth as it can be.
Resigning from your current job can, at times, be a daunting task. Even then, quitting your job in a huff and without a concrete plan of action for the future is a recipe for disaster and struggles. Keep the five tips above in mind even as you prepare to leave your current job.