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8 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU QUIT YOUR JOB

SO... I HAVE QUIT MY JOB!

So…. I have quit my job! 

To be honest I have quit my corporate job in September last year, so this post is a long time overdue, as the beginning of this particular blog as well. 

I have been toying and playing around with how this website should look like and what sections should it have and, originally I thought to keep it strictly to showcase my Career Coaching Services, but, to be honest, it was just not me.

The best part of having a website is that you actually get to blog on the topics you love and on the topics that interest you. Or at least that is what it is for me.

So, after thinking about it for a while, I decided to create a Blog page on this website and make it a regular thing.

Anyway, I need to stop talking now and get into the topic 🙂 

 

WHY DID I QUIT?

To be honest, it was a long time coming. About 3 years ago I started my journey of discovering what I want to do in life, what I am passionate about and what is my purpose. Tried a lot of different things until I found what made me happy and fulfilled and until I designed a career and life that I wanted and I absolutely love.

And, I am a big believer that everyone should do what they love, rather than being stuck in the jobs they hate.

It took me some time to get everything set up and get additional qualifications to make the leap, but this is how viktoriagalitsi.com was born – a place for you to get the resources you need to design a career and life that you love.

So if you are guys like me a few years ago – really hating your job and are desperate to get out and hand in that resignation letter, here are 8 things you need to know before you quit your job.

Here is also a YouTube video that you can watch, otherwise, if you prefer the word version – keep on reading.

1. TAKE A DEEP BREATH, TAKE A STEP BACK AND REASSESS

Take a day off, stay at home or go somewhere where you could think and then reassess your situation. Firstly, look at all the areas of your life – you can use A wheel of life if you wish as that works really well for this step.

A wheel of life is a tool that is commonly used to asses each area in persons life. It is normally divided anywhere form 6 to 8 areas and you need to rate each area on the scale form 1 to 10 and then chart a wheel. When you do this, you will have a better visual of how your wheel looks like and if it can actually roll. The aim is to have all the areas as balanced as possible for you to have a smooth journey.
 
So look at each area of your life and assess where you are at.

You might be thinking now – why am I doing this? I am unhappy in my career and I hate my job – why am looking at the wheel of life?

I hear you, but just bear with me for a moment. The reason why I am asking you to do this as a first step, is because your unhappiness and frustration with your career might actually be hiding in other areas of your life, so before you start solving a problem that might not actually there, you need to understand where the problem lies.
 
Quite often I see the dissatisfaction in the career lies in the absence of hobbies or social life. So make sure you work through each areas of your life before moving on.

2. SEE WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE IN YOUR CURRENT JOB

So you have gone through your Wheel of Life, done all the assessing and know for a fact that it is definitely your job that is making you unhappy. 

Don’t start running to hand your notice yet though. 

Take a moment and think what is it specifically that makes you unhappy in your job? 

Is the the type of work that you are doing? 

Or maybe you are getting frustrated and annoyed with specific part of the job or specific tasks? 

Or maybe it’s the manager that you are not getting along with or a particular team member? 

Maybe you don’t like the hours that you are working and would like more flexibility or maybe you would like to work remotely?
 
Whatever it is, try and identify the specific reasons why you are unhappy in your job.

3. TALK TO YOUR MANAGER

Have an honest and open conversation with your manager about what makes you unhappy in your current job. 

I know, it might sound scary, but trust me, any good manager would really appreciate the fact that you have spoken to them about the fact that you are not happy. 

They key to having this conversation though, is also to offer the solution. So you have worked out the specific reasons that make you unhappy in your job or dissatisfied with your career, now you need to come up with the solution how these things can be changes or resolved. 

Remember, you are in the driving wheel of your career – noone else, and noone else is responsible in the way your career goes, so your manager is not responsible for giving you the solutions – you are.

For example If you are not happy with your career progression, ask your manager to help you to put a development plan together, but this has to come from you and your development plan has to take you in the direction that you want to. So you need to have some clarity there.
 
So make sure you come prepared with the solutions that would work for you, but also for the company and suggest to try them out. Generally, if the solutions is reasonable and can work for both parties, companies are willing to adjust and compromise.
They might go for it, they might not, but at least you have given them the option.

4. HAVE A PLAN

So let’s say you have spoken to your manager and the conversation didn’t go the way you hoped and the company decided not to make any adjustments. By this point, I am sure you are ready to walk out of the door. But please just bear with me. In order for you not find yourself in an unpleasant unemployed situation, you need to make a plan.
 
You need to have clear career end goal in place. 

And what I mean by that is imagine that your career is a road leading to that final destination – so what you need to do is to identify what that final destination is and make sure that your next career move will bring you closer to that end destination. 

I call it final destination, but it is never final really, because when you reach that destination, your horizons will expand and you will have a new destination that you will aim for. But for the moment, let’s call it your final destination. When you have your final destination in mind, it will be much easier to identify what your next career move should be.
 
Now, that you have identified your final destination, try and identify what your next step should be. 

For example, let’s say you want to become a Global Head of Marketing and at the moment your role is Marketing Manager. So the logical next step would be to look for an opening for a Senior Marketing Manager in the same type of company and the same size, or, you can also look for a Marketing Manager but in a bigger company with wider scope of responsibilities or a totally different industry to the one that you are working in at the moment.

You don’t necessarily need to move only up to progress in your career, but you can also move sideways to get a wider exposure and a different type of experience that might sometimes benefit you even better than just moving up. It all depends on your final destination and that is why it is so important to have clarity on what that final destination is.
 
And don’t worry, you don’t need to have all the answers now and your goals and objectives will change with time, and that’s ok. But you have to have some sort of point of reference that will guide you in the right direction.

5. IDENTIFY ANY SKILLS THAT YOU ARE MISSING

So you have now identified your your next step and now you need to see if there are any skills or specific qualifications that you might be missing in order for you to get to that next step in your career. 

If you are, then now is the best time to get on it. If you have decided that you want to go on your own and start your own business, then look at what you need in order to do this.

6. START NETWORKING

Start talking to people about what your plans are. 

Start letting your network know that you are looking for a change or that you are starting your own business and these are the services you will be offering. 

Prepare yourself a place where you are going to land, before you leave your current one.

7. GET YOUR FINANCES IN ORDER

Have a realistic look at your finances and think if you have enough to be able to quit your job straight away and have enough savings that can support you for the next 6 months while you are looking for the next role. 

If you are starting your business, this is even more important, so be realistic if you have enough savings to support yourself and also finance your business. 

Regardless of how small or bootstrap you business will be, there will still be expenses, that you will need to be paying somehow if you want to be moving your business forward.

Personally, I would never recommend anyone to quit your their job before having another one to go to, and definitely not if you are starting your own business, but rather build it up on the side while you have the security of your income. 

Not having a stable income while you are looking for the next step in your career, adds stress and often leads to the wrong decisions being made out of the desperation.
 
So make a solid action plan and start executing before you quit.

8. STAY PROFESSIONAL AND DON'T BURN BRIDGES

I can not stress this enough, especially knowing how hard it is to stay at the job that you don’t particularly like for one reason or another. 

But the people you work with at the moment are also part of your network weather you want it or not, and there is nothing worse than having your professional reputation ruined because you were planning to leave and couldn’t stay professional and do your job well until the end. 

Your boss is the person that your next company or the company after that will most likely be asking for references, and you want those references to be good. 

So stay professional, do your job well and work on your action plan that will help you make that next career step or building your side hustle.
 
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I know that being stuck in a job you hate is really exhausting, but please don’t rush to hand in that notice, but instead be strategic, make a plan and follow through – even if it seems like its going to be a very long process – just make sure you make a little step that will bring you closer to your goal every day.

 

You will thank yourself later for that.

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