Top 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Resign


Work is an essential part of our lives, yet it is not only about getting paid every week or month; money is vital to sustaining a comfortable lifestyle, but not necessarily it will be the gateway to everlasting happiness. There will be a point in your employment where the job itself can be a burden and eventually turn into a career you no longer want. Note this: if your job leaves you exhausted by the end of the day, both mentally and physically, then it’s time for you to resign. However, these are the five things you need to know before handing the resignation letter to your boss.

  1. Think through the decision – look through the upside and downside of the decision. 

Human minds are capable to depict a situation more complexed than it is in reality, so it is important to look at the same situation from a various point of views to ensure that the situation is as critical as it is in your mind. The first thing you should do is to pinpoint the problem; what is it about the current job that you completely dislike; is the work ambience is not up to your standard or you are having a misunderstanding with your colleague,  or you feel that you are not being appreciated enough, or maybe it’s because of frustration with your direct supervisor? We are a human being and we feel emotions, but sometimes we blend in both private and professional life, that results in complication. Hence, assess your emotional state thoroughly; when you are not stable emotionally, everything around you can seem to be unfair or annoying even if in reality, that is not what happens. Pay attention to how you feel when you are at home and how you feel at work; analyze if what you are feeling relates to the job itself.

Now, when you have identified the problem, give your power and energy to find the solutions. Write all the things that can make the current situation improve; 1) If the job is overwhelming all at once, perhaps you can find an alternative way to do the designate the workload into sections and complete it, phase by phase. 2) Do you feel they underpay you for the workload? Try discussing with your superior to see if they can offer a raise? 3) Are you having trouble with your co-workers? Practice your conflict resolution skills and if needed, call in a meeting; try to resolve the issue and not submitting the resignation letter. In most case scenarios, many employees leave their current company because of career stagnation, this is common among small and start-up companies as their career growth opportunities are limited.

2. Before you quit, talk to someone that you trust – a family member or a friend but never a colleague. 

Many people admit that talking to someone about the situation before they quit the current job helped them to see through the current problem a fresh angle; many retracted their resignation letter then after.  You can start by going to either a family member or a friend to discuss it. The reason you shouldn’t be sharing this to a colleague is that their advice could easily be bias depending on how they feel about the company and you as a colleague, and this will leave you even more confused. Now, once you have the person, you start by explaining to them about the situation you are in at the moment, making sure not to miss anything out so they can understand what is happening. The advantage of talking to someone who had never worked in your company or the same working environment as you can provide insights from a non-obstructed view.

They can determine if what you are feeling is the reality and willingly share samples of resignation letters with you or they truly believe that you are overthinking about the situation and you need to retract the resignation idea. However, it is also imperative that the person you are having this discussion with is someone who is a working professional that also possesses an adequate knowledge of both work ethics and management.  This way, even though the person is not directly experiencing your work ambience, they can compare and contrast from their experiences, which is fair. Not only that, BUT apart from being a white-collar employee, this person should also be wise and plain-spoken while also carry the credibility to give the utmost honest feedback on your situation because what you need at this point is a counsellor that can walk you through the process and not a cheerleader to give you moral support.

3. Recognize the options you have or something you would like to do as a replacement for the current job.

One of the most essential things to do is looking for the options you have after quitting the current job. The delightful news is you can always capitalize on the experiences you have gained from the years you have worked, be it in the present job position or any other job that you have done. You can start by listing down things you like and dislike about the current job, then list down your strengths and weaknesses. Based on this list, you can determine the criteria of the job that suit you the best, and this will be the keywords you will look for in job portal sites. You can start looking for the options as early as when leaving the current job cultivates in your mind.

This way you can be sure of the criteria that truly resonates with you rather than doing the same job again in another company with the same mindset; you are just going to relive the same situation all over again. The other thing you need to keep in mind if you would like it to be a full time, part-time or just be a freelancer.  Research for the difference in all these three and select the one you prefer but heads up, not all job offers the same benefit, so you will need to accustom your requirement timely. Update your CV, and begin your journey to find for a replacement job but if you cannot find anything at all, maybe you should think about retracting the resignation letter and instead ask for a raise. Some companies would rather pay you extra than losing an asset, so take this opportunity and discuss what they can do so you can remain an employee in the same company. Your last resort should always give the current job a second chance, even if you have already started searching for resignation letter samples.

4. Consider whether you have applicable experience. 

In the above point, it categorized experience as a capitalizing value, but the question is, do you have the experience you need for the next job? Several experts agree that it is still worth applying for a job if you do not have the required number of years of experience provided you have an interesting reason to do so but the chances of you landing the interview itself are very thin. Some companies accept fresh graduates, and some companies need someone with at least 10 years of experience; hence it very important for you to research on the jobs you are interested in, accumulate the information then check the average years of experience required to get a job in that position. Most employers wouldn’t mind considering someone with one to two years of working experience if they are looking for three years of working experience. You could just be as qualified as the latter.

Most entry-level jobs required no prior experience, but some require at least a one to three years of working experience while mid-level requires at least 5 years of experience and senior-level requires 8 years of experience. This will help you determine the job position you are qualified to help you with your decision if you are ready to leave or work for the same company for another few years, to gain more experience for promising career growth. If your key motivation to leave the current company is to grow your career, then it will be absurd to repeat the cycle in a new company. Keep your resume updated and interesting by adding in all the skills you have learnt because you never know when an opportunity will arise.

5. Ponder on the cost-benefit ratio of resigning from work.

Leaving a job means there are possibilities that you will not be getting a constant salary for some time, and especially with the current economic situation, getting another job immediately will be tough, so please ensure that you have an emergency fund that should cover at least 6 months’ worth of expenses before you quit the job. This calls for you to ponder on the current expenses to ensure you have sufficient fund to cover for the upcoming days or month till you get a job. Look at the whole situation and focus on important aspects, like your family. Are you the sole provider in your home; will the current decision affect any of your family members? Here, the advice will definitely to stay in the current job until you have secured another one to ensure there is a monthly income to support your family. In the case, you are not the only breadwinner, try to discuss with your family if they can take over the expenses until you are back on your feet; having their full support will leave you in a peaceful state of mind while you arrange the transition to an alternative career path.

However, the drawback of not having a permanent job is you will need to make some amendment to certain areas of your lifestyle to ensure the fund that you have right now lasts till the next constant salary phase. First, identify where you are spending your money on the most; consider moving to cheaper housing area if your rent is your highest expenditure, you can try searching for an affordable place via SPEEDHOME, and the best part of going through this platform is no deposit required! The next part is to determine your essential and non-essential spending. If you are not sure, essential should be your car loan (if you have one!), basic food, petrol expenses, utilities etc while new clothing, dining out, watching movies, trips fall under the non-essential category. Now, that you already know what to do, start working on your expenditure and save as much as you can.

6. Create an action plan. 

The anxious feeling after leaving your job will kick in after the first day of being unemployed and that is normal. You would need a proper preparation list to get you ready for the next couple of days or months, and this is something that you will need to do while you are in the current job. The tender period for most permanent jobs in Malaysia is between one to three months, and that is plenty of time for you to get ready. Begin with writing the reasons you left the job, and you can read it again when you are experiencing a moment of doubt. Besides that, you can request your current direct superiors and colleagues to write all positive feedback for you as an employee, likewise you can get your family and friends to share some positive comments on you; this works best for the days you need a confidence boost.

Take the free time that you have to focus on things apart from work; improve your health, both mental and physical, and invest your time on activities that target on self-care. The best way to get this done is to maintain the same timing; wake up early and go to bed early like you would when you are working but this time, insert activities like yoga, meditation, breathing, exercise etc to keep you grounded while you rejuvenate, searching for a job or even considering self-employment. You can also enrol into professional courses or taking up online that can help you improve your skills; learning a new language will be apt for both personal and professional areas.

We cannot deny the fact that having a full-time job requires us to spend at least 40 hours at work, and for many, this has led to tenuous situations within relationships. Take this as an opportunity to plan for activities that you can do with your close ones to strengthen or even amend a relationship; you will need their support to go through this tough phase.

It is not always a bed of roses with working for a company, and you have reached to a point where quitting seems to make sense more than being in the job but that doesn’t mean you have to leave in an inappropriate term. Tender your resignation and fulfil the required days of work before you leave, maintaining your grace and professionalism till your last day at work will serve you well. Complete all the unfinished projects and pass it over to whom you should and ensure all the information is available for others to refer to once you leave. Do not burn bridges but leave with a positive reputation.

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