7 Reasons it's Time to Quit your Job
There are usually a combination of factors which can push you into considering a career move, and as recruiters we are experts in separating emotion and logic to ensure you make the right decision. We have compiled a list of questions you shuould ask yourself before sending out your CV.
How long have you been in the role, is it less than 1 year?
It can take up to three years to completely get to grips with a new role, so if you are feeling like you don’t fit in or are not getting much job satisfaction, time could be all you need to adjust. Our advice would be to stop doubting the role as this could be holding you back from reaching your full potential and start to immerse yourself.
Do your core values align with the company?
Are you working with your employer towards a common goal? Remember the reasons you chose that company over others, has anything changed? A good culture fit can make or break a role so if you disagree with the company’s core values this can be demotivating and non-productive in the long run.
Have your career aspirations changed?
You could have outgrown the role, or your job needs have simply changed or perhaps you have decided that it is not the type of work you want to be doing anymore. You should assess whether there is any possibility of movement in your current role and if not figure out which direction you want to follow. As recruiters we find many candidates who are too quick to hand in their notice with no real idea of what they want to do, then rushing into another job and finding themselves in a similar position 6 months down the line. Start by pin pointing what has motivated the change.
Are you happy outside of work?
Are you are having doubts about your role at the same time as your personal life has become more stressful? It can be easy to confuse the two, the real question is would a new role change your situation?
Is your company going through some changes?
Job security is a constant worry for many employees so it is no wonder that rumoured redundancies can ignite a job search. Don’t rush into any decisions - make sure you do some research on your company and find out as much information as you can. Try and speak confidentially with a manager.
Are you underpaid and underappreciated for your role?
Unsurprisingly a pay rise is one of the biggest instigators for a career move. Firstly - evaluate your worth, try and find the average wages of your colleagues or google similar roles at similar companies to see what salaries they offer. You could ask for a salary review and then justify why you deserve a pay rise. Try and think like a director when doing this – how do you add value to the company? Figures and facts speak volumes over words so the more you have the better.
Can you afford to quit?
If you are leaving your current company to try and get a higher salary we would usually advise that you secure another role before quitting. There will always be a risk in leaving a job before securing a new one so you should make a financial plan, which should asses the following: How long can you afford to be out of work for? Would you consider temporary contracts until you found the right role?
Moving roles can be a stressful and confusing time, it’s our job to try and make it as un complicated as possible. Remember that we deal with these situations on a daily basis so are well placed to talk you through a move and offer advice. If you want a confidential chat about your career options call 0114 241 8030 to speak to one of our specialist consultants.