Is It Time To Quit Your Job?
“Ugh… I don’t want to go to work.”
How many times do you think you say that in a week? Too many times to count, maybe? Yeah, we all make the same complaint. Usually, though, we just mean that we’d rather sleep in and do nothing. But, there’s a big difference between not wanting to work and legitimately hating your job. Many people don’t realize it until they’re too overwhelmed with stress from their job before they actively do something about it.
What Does Your Job Do For You?
Jobs are supposed to help provide some sort of stability and satisfaction in your life. A job is supposed to provide financial comfort and reliability for a bright future. But when you’re stuck in a job that you seriously loathe, it can effect your life in many different ways.
Sometimes, the stresses from work can transfer over into the magical world of dreamland. Usually, these kind of dreams aren’t too outlandish and simply consist of you going through the motions of a regular work day. The issue with this, though, is that it’ll often leave you feeling like you didn’t even get any sleep! And no sleep equals no happy. Am I right?
Anxiety is caused by all sorts of things. It even shows up out of nowhere sometimes! But, anxiety caused by an unhappy professional life is more common than you might think. 7 out of 10 people claim to have stresses from work follow them home and disrupt their personal lives. Wouldn’t you rather be one of the lucky 3 who are more worry-free?
More commonly, an unsatisfactory professional life often leaves people feeling signs of depression such as hopelessness, constant fatigue, loss of focus and isolation. Your professional life is probably the main factor in your life that affords you many other opportunities in your personal life. When the job isn’t fruitful, neither is your life.
What Do You Want?
Take another moment to weigh the pros and cons of leaving your current positions. If it’s a pretty even toss-up between the two, you may not actually have it as bad as you originally thought. But if the cons outweigh the pros, it’s time to evaluate your priorities.
Step 1: Who Are You?
What drives you? What are your desires, your passions, your goals? Can any of them be turned into a viable career?
Step 2: Do Your Research
Google, my friends! Seek out job listings in the field, area, companies you want to pursue a career in and get to it. Find out what you need to have and do in order to obtain those jobs and take action.
Step 3: Make It Happen!
Interview, interview, interview! Polish those shoes, brush those teeth, iron that shirt and give the best first impression you can! If you want that job, go for it! Nobody can change your life but you!
How Can I Make It An Easy Transition?
The worst part about switching jobs can be the “transition period”. I don’t mean the time that it takes for you to get acclimated with your new work environment. The transition I’m referring to is the gap between jobs. Sometimes, people are so overcome by their stress that they’ll leave their current position before they’ve got another one lined up. It’s much easier and less daunting to search for a new job when you still have an income to back you up for the time being.
Interviews On The Side
In the meantime, set up interviews that will not interfere with your current job schedule. The last thing you want to do is cause tension at work or make them think of you as unreliable. Maintain your professionalism and continue to work to your full potential. Book whatever interviews you can around your schedule.
Worst Case Scenario
If worse comes to worse, you might hate your job enough to leave without having another one on deck. Here’s my advice: save up your last few pay checks, if you’re planning on doing this. Make sure that you’ve got a decent cushion on money in the bank before you leave yourself without an income for a while. Better safe than sorry!