What to do when preparing to quit your job

April 29 2014

By Richard Aaron Wright – When preparing to quit your job, it’s best to get your chickens lined up in a row. There are a few simple, but important steps. Start with a checklist.

Similar to bad relationships, most people who look back on those horrible experiences at work will come to the same conclusion: “I should have been preparing to quit my job for a long time?”

For this reason, friends and family should be engaged early and often for advice on quitting. But we’re not encouraging complaining; instead, what you need is someone to help you action your plan. Here’s what to do before you quit your job:

  • Checklist – Begin a diary of things to do
  • Create your story – Quitting your job is not the best story to tell future employees, so you should already be working with your friends and family to develop that tale to transform your career. Instead of telling them you hated your boss, tell them you love your career potential. Instead of telling them you hated delivering pizzas, tell them what you learned from delivering pizzas. Transformation make a good employee prospect!
  • Start your job hunt before you quit – It takes just a few minutes to quit your job, but finding another one can take years. Instead of complaining about your job, spend time on Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com and Craigslist.org where there are thousands of listings.
  • Plan your finances – There’s going to be a small or large amount of time between quitting your job and going to the next one. Find out if your friends and family are willing to lend money to you during the transition. Give them specific numbers you have to reach based on your own savings accounts, and don’t be wishy-washy by saying, “I’m going to need a lone.” Instead, tell them that you will need to borrow 25% of your monthly mortgage or rent from each of your friends and family members willing to contribute. Be organized with a spreadsheet and a plan, and you’ll be more likely to get support.
  • Practice a graceful exit – There’s no need to go out with a bang. Instead, you should ALWAYS be graceful when exiting. Immaturity would have you “tell off” those at work you don’t get along with, but maturity has you saying “thank you” and wishing everyone good luck.

With a solid plan comes an easier transition once you do quit your job. When preparing to quit your job you should ask yourself questions every day about what could better prepare you emotionally and financially with the separation that comes after quitting. It really is like a break-up from a relationship. Whether it’s the right thing or not, it can still be painful and difficult to accept the reality that comes with a new lifestyle, a change of identity and a loss of co-workers who you may not have considered friends but who have been supporting you along the way. Without a proper checklist and daily preparations, you could find your transition to be very difficult, and regretting your decision could put you in jeopardy for moving on to the next job.

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