People quit their jobs for many reasons, but the most common are because they don’t like the work, they don’t like the boss and/or co-workers, or they don’t like the salary.
Conventional wisdom states that it’s better for people to quit a mind-numbing job and find work they love, than live a life of mediocrity. For people who are in this stage of life, there are a few things they can do after they quit their job before they start another career.
There will be a time after quitting that the person feels disoriented and insecure. Feelings of fear and panic may rise up and push the person into the next mind-numbing job. This is not the time to make a long-term decision. The best advice is to take some time off. For one thing, if the person takes a new job too quickly, they will get the desire to quit too soon because they haven’t satisfied the reason they quit in the first place. It’s important to take a break for a few weeks or a month or two but not to get used to doing nothing.
There is also a chance that the person will glorify his or her newfound freedom and burn all of their bridges. This is extremely reckless and could cause a lot of trouble later when they start looking for a job or a job reference. People who quit their jobs to get a new lease on life will be more successful if they keep their feet on the ground and assess their new situation clearly and reasonably.
The person may or may not have financial constraints. Since they no longer have a salary, hopefully they have some other financial resources such as family, friends or a savings account that will support them. Some things to do during their time off are:
• Travel – this could mean spending some time at the local beach or mountain resort or travelling the world. Whichever it is, the person should take the opportunity to get a different perspective on their life. They can go alone or with someone else, but they should go. As that famous person, Anonymous, said, we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. This is the right philosophy for a person to have the first few weeks or months after he or she quits.
• Experiment – the person should consider a limited commitment. He or she can take a paid part-time job or a short-term contract in some industry or area where they have never worked before. After broadening their mind through travel, they can broaden their experience with different kinds of work. This gives the added advantage of establishing a routine without tying the person down and will add to his or her income.
• Inspiration – before selecting another long-term job or even before starting a new business, the person should take some time to get inspired. Enthusiasm is essential for any new endeavor. In fact, some people say it’s the most important ingredient in any job because it lets the person take things to a whole new level.
Each person gains inspiration differently. It may come from beautiful natural environments, inspirational talks from Tony Robbins or other masters of self-confidence, or it may come from movies or music. The source doesn’t matter. What matters is that the person gains confidence to progress in life. During these moments of contemplation, the person can take note of his or her thoughts and feelings. This will give a clue as to where his or her interests lie.
• Reality – Even after taking time off, relaxing and getting inspired, it’s possible that there will be challenges ahead. Challenges are a normal part of life and should be overcome or used to advantage. This is not the time to give-up. If the person thinks that just because he or she has confidence and enthusiasm, the road will be smooth ahead, they may be living in a fantasy world. The point is to use their new-found confidence and enthusiasm to overcome challenges too.
• Not to do – there are a few things the person should not do immediately after quitting a job. These include finding any job available to alleviate the feeling of a vacuum, printing 100 resumes and send them to every employer they can think of and taking the first job that is offered. The main reason not to do these things is because it will put the person right back where they started without the opportunity to take time to think about their future and what they really want.
Quitting a job is not the end of certainty but the beginning of opportunity. If a person knows his or her passions, feels confident and has enthusiasm, whatever the next step is, it will be successful.
By Andre Bradley