Do you feel unappreciated, under-utilized or drained from your current job? Are you looking to break into a new industry? The mere fact that you clicked through to read this article means that you are unsatisfied in some way.
In this post, I share 3 simple ways you can quick a job you hate without looking back.
3 Easy Steps To Quit A Job You Hate
STEP ONE: Get Clear On Your Reason
You have to be crystal clear on your why. Why do you want to quit? Is it because you are seeking better career opportunities or because your friend quit recently. Are you living a life you love or are constantly depressed when you think about your job?
You have to take a step back and see where you stand. Why do you want a career change? Remember quitting your job is a risk.
What makes that risk worth taking? Are you constantly burnt out; Underpaid; Or you just don’t find fulfillment in your job?
If you answered yes the question I just asked then you are ready to take the leap.
When you validate your reason, don’t just sit back and worry that it won’t be possible. I know there are no guarantees of how things will turn out. But I’m sure you don’t want to look back and wish you had taken the leap.
STEP TWO: Acknowledge Your Growth And Research
You need to admit that you have outgrown your career. You are not the same person you were when you took the job. Now you deserve more. You need something that excites you and are willing to take a risk to gain the life you want.
Now you know that your job no longer serves you, you need to decide on what to do. A self-assessment is always a good place to start. Take an inventory of your strengths, skills, experiences, qualifications, and other activities that make your heart sing.
What are the things you would still enjoy doing even if nobody paid you? This simple exercise will help you discover your passion and decide on a path to follow.
What careers are you looking at? You want to find people within (and outside) your network that are already in those professions.
Find people who inspire, and motivate you. People who have already taken the part you want to take, think like you do and are open to the sort of life you want to lead. Build a network of these people in person and online. You need these people in your corner as you make this career decision. That’s why I created my group coaching program to help you build this network easily even if you don’t have a lot of time and are an introvert.
STEP THREE: Come Up With An Exit Plan
Now that you have validated your reason and acknowledged your growth you need and exit plan. Recognizing a problem without a clear line of action to take is a waste of time.
First you need to get your money right. Quitting your job means you might not get any income for a why. Make sure you are financially prepared for it. You’re still going to have bills to pay so having a financial plan is a no brainer.
You might need to get a side hustle for a while to augment your income and test the waters before you finally quit your job. Making a few (or a lot of) lifestyle changes might be required to save for the rainy days.
The next thing you need is a time frame. Give yourself a timeline to achieve your aim 30days, 60days, 90days or 120days. It is totally up to you. Timing can be everything but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for all the starts to align before you quit a job you hate. There might never be a perfect time. You just have to trust your gut and take a step.
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If there’s a nagging voice telling you to quit a job you hate, then you should give it a shot. Don’t be afraid to quit a job you hate instead think of how you would feel if you were on your death bed drowning in feelings of “”what ifs”.
Think of all the time, energy and hard work you’re putting into what you hate. Imagine how much better you could be if you found something else you love. You can’t get more with your hands clenching unto something you have to let go to free your hands to receive. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.