Ever get up in the morning and dread going to work? Ask yourself the question, “Is it the job, the situation, or is it me?” The cause may be temporary like a speed bump. You should see a potential solution just over the horizon. If not, the issue needs to be objectively reviewed. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Is it me, or is it something or someone else that’s the issue?
- Are the solutions within or outside of my control? Can I influence the solution?
If you’re thinking of moving on, here are the usual reasons why people leave their jobs:
- You’re stagnating or bored, with no professional or personal growth
- You’re not being paid for performance or your overworked and underpaid
- You lack the resources, support, training or time to do the best job possible
- The “fit” is incompatible: Organization, management style or attitude/relationships
- The Covid-19 Pandemic has knocked a hole in your career plan.
If it’s just one of the above, try to work it out. If it’s two or more, get your plan together.
Before you think about taking action:
- Define your ultimate career goal and the next step toward that objective
- Research the skills and competencies you need, then make a plan to get them
- Research the trends, market opportunities and industries needing someone like you
- Put a job search strategy together to “test the market” before committing
- Assess your plans and strategy with a mentor, friend or coach who can help you
Some of the ways to increase your internal/external opportunities:
- Get an additional degree, certification, training, or responsibilities
- Ask your boss what you need to do to move to the next level
- Ask for special projects, be a mentor, or volunteer in the community
- Join an association, alumni group, or society in your function
- Talk to H.R. about developmental programs, conferences or on-line courses
If all else fails and you have to move to a new organization, once you have obtained an offer after an extensive search, leave the current organization in a positive way:
- Tell your boss first – You don’t want your boss to find out through others. You may need your boss as a positive reference in the future
- Write a positive resignation letter – Give as much notice as possible, as your boss will appreciate it. Provide a “roadmap” for your replacement with a project plan, or status report
- Offer to train your replacement or be available to answer questions later on
- Prepare for a short stay after resigning – The organization (not your boss) may want you gone early
- Don’t burn any bridges nor slack off your performance. Be a team player right to the end.
When you leave an organization, you’re leaving your reputation and achievements behind. Make sure you do it the professional way.
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