Take This Job and … Think About It. Are You Really Ready to Quit? – Kansas City Star

August 11th, 2016

Before you give notice that you’re quitting, it’s smart to take clear-eyed stock of why you want to move on.

Credit advice from The Five O’Clock Club, a career advice organization for these suggestions:

Never quit quickly. Steps taken in anger often are regretted. Take a month to assess your work/life situation before walking out the door.

Ask yourself why — exactly — you want to quit. Is it the duties? The boss? Your co-worker(s)? Think through some possible ways to cope or work around the problem before you leap.

Have you honestly explained your dissatisfaction to your supervisor or the human resources department? People in charge can’t fix your issues if they don’t know the real ones. It’s worth a try to offer a valid suggestion for change.

Did you immediately realize the job wasn’t for you? Sometimes it’s better to cut bait early than spend months in an awful match. But regularly jumping ship soon after taking jobs creates an unfavorable work history. Job hopping happens a lot — often at no fault of the employee — but future employers still will wonder why you haven’t stayed at jobs for long. [Read More]

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