If you have been feeling the tide of change and considering a new move in your career, you are not alone. A recent Microsoft study found that a staggering 41% of the workforce are considering resigning from their jobs. Texas A&M Business School Professor Anthony Klotz coined the term “The Great Resignation” to describe this unique moment brought about by the pandemic and the rise of the remote and hybrid workforce. The last 18 months have created a shift in prioritizing our time and navigating the work/life balance. As Anthony Klotz put it, “How we spent our time before the pandemic may not be how we want to spend our time after.”
So, if you are feeling unsettled, overworked, burnt out, and in need of something different- what do you do with that feeling? If you think it may be time for your resignation, here are some thoughts to consider along the way.
- Identify what you want from your career– what do you need right now in your work environment that you are not receiving? Are you really feeling unhappy at your job, or would it just feel refreshing to try something new? Are there other ways to scratch that itch- like taking a class or starting a new hobby?
- Make a list of all the reasons you are considering resigning and have an open conversation with your management or supervisor. Maybe your boss is more flexible with your desire to continue working from home than you thought. Perhaps they would grant you an extra vacation if you opened up about how burnt out and tired you feel. Allow the space for collaboration and working together if it feels appropriate.
- Create a financial plan for the worst-case scenario. If you don’t already have your next job lined up, be prepared to support yourself for a few months of job searching financially.
- Set up job alerts for jobs so you can apply as soon as possible. With this surplus of employees leaving, employers are more eager than ever to fill positions. Recruiters are also out there actively screening and evaluating candidates. If you know what companies you want to work for, and what roles you are interested in, start connecting with the recruiters that support that team and organization. Be specific as to why you are reaching out and what roles you are interested in and be respectful with their time. You may find yourself in an interview sooner than you think!
- This job search is no longer just about the job, it’s about the company values and company culture. Get to know people who work where you can see yourself and ask them questions about their work satisfaction.
- Give your resignation in person or over the phone, and put in two weeks if possible. You will most likely need a positive relationship with your previous employer to gain a new role you love- so leave the company in the most respectful, positive way you can.