When you leave your current job in a huff, sometimes you wonder “I quit my job. What was I thinking?” it is only normal to have those feelings because of the insecurity that comes with leaving a job, but hang in there because it does get better.
Although any situation where you have to look for a new job can be incredibly stressful, doing so after you left your previous job in a fury can be even more so because you may be regretting your decision and you most likely cannot expect to get a letter of recommendation from your previous employer if you left on bad terms. That means that you should not focus on something that you consider a mistake; instead look at it as an opportunity.
I have some tips that can help you with the emotional task of job hunting and dealing with quitting your job in a fury.
Don’t Do Anything Important
If you have just quit your job and were experiencing a great deal of emotion during the process, your emotions are probably still running fairly high. I would advise that it can be an exceptionally bad idea to make any important decisions in this emotional state. This includes both life changing financial decisions such as what to do with your savings, relationship decisions and even decisions related to the hunt for a new job.
I recommend waiting on many of the important decisions until your mind has cleared and you have had a chance to reflect. If you are calm, you will be better able to make decisions.
The most important step in beginning to regain emotional control is relaxing. I suggest taking a day off and doing something you enjoy. Go to your favorite restaurant or go see a movie; do whatever will make you feel relaxed. Although it may feel counterproductive, taking a bit of time for yourself right after emotionally quitting a job can be a very important step in getting your life back to normal. Once you’ve calmed down, you can start planning for the future and moving on.
Figure Out Your Goals
I usually suggest waiting a day or so and then to start thinking about your future. Because you have just experienced a great deal of emotion, it is important to start small. First think about your goals. Try to figure out where you want to be in the future.
Ask yourself the following:
- Do you want to find a new job or try to start your own business?
- Do you want to live in the same location?
I recommend working through a budget to follow while unemployed to ensure that you do not eat into your savings.
Think About What Happened
Many people say things like “I quit my job because I wasn’t happy or because I was angry” but can’t explain exactly why those emotions existed in the first place. If you plan on starting the search for a new job, you need to figure out what caused the problem at your old job. If you think the fury that led you to quit was because of something about the work environment, try to avoid a similar work environment in future jobs. If you think it was the type of work, it may be time to consider a new career path. If you left a previous job in a fury, there may be something behind that fury which made you feel unhappy.
Your happiness is the most important thing in your life, so why stay at a job that keeps you stressed all the time, and that was enough to make you quit in a fury? This is a chance to do something that you want, so make sure to see the great opportunity that you now have.