Don’t quit your job! (Without having a safety net)
Are you depressed? Can’t stand your job for yet another day? Do you feel like today is the perfect day to quit? It may or may not be.
Most people quit their jobs when really depressed, unhappy or angry, and while these feelings might be caused because of their current jobs, these moods are not the best for making life-changing decisions.
Before quitting your job, you need to have a safety net, a backup plan, especially if you have a family that relies on your income (even partially). If you are in your 30s and you don’t have savings for at least four months of living expenses in your bank account, let me tell you- DON’T QUIT YOUR JOB!
Prepare your way out
I’m not telling you to stay in your job forever,; just take one step at a time to figure a better way to live. These are some things you should do first:
- Start saving money. Unemployment is high and probably you will be looking for a new job for a while. It might take you up to four months to find a new suitable, rewarding job.
- Put your resume in order! Here are some tips to improve your resume.
- Start looking for a new job. Visit all the websites available, send resumes, and goon interviews before quitting your job. Most people who regret quitting, or are struggling financially, quit their job before finding another one.
- If you have a family to support, check your budget and see if maybe you can cut something out to help you save some money.
Got a job interview?
If you have a job interview, check the new company to find out if it’s a stable company, how many years they have been in business, how their workers or former workers talk about their experience (easy to do in Google) and, more importantly:
- Try to clearly understand what this new job is (responsibilities, tasks, skills needed).
- Keep in mind your budget versus your new income. This seems obvious, but when you are desperate to get out of your job, sometimes you think even a lower paying job is better than suffering in your current job, until you realize you can’t afford everything you are accustomed.
- Commute times, transportation issues and the impact your new job is going to have on your family.
All set? Then it’s time to quit your job!
Go ahead and quit your job. Be happy and stay happy. If you did everything right, I can assure you the job change will be okay. Don’t play with your luck and don’t made decisions while being upset. Be smart about this and you will find a better way to live.