Your resignation letter is ready.
This was by no means an easy decision to make. Perhaps you hated your job and couldn’t stand to go to work any longer, or perhaps you felt that it was the end of the road and time to pursue something different. Maybe you lost sight of your goals and need some time off to reflect, or maybe your time as an employee has come to an end and it is time to start your own business.
Before you click the send button to email your boss the letter, consider these points:
Do you have enough money to survive at least a 6-month dry income dry spell? 6 months is considered as the reasonable savings safety net that will ensure that you can afford to have food on your plate and clothes on your back. Will you be able to cover your monthly expenses and have money for emergencies without having to get a loan? If you’re happy with the state of your finances, then by all means, go for it.
It’s a good idea to have the backing of your loved ones, especially if you’re in a relationship and have responsibilities such as mortgage repayments and children. Resigning will change your individual and your family’s finance structure, so all checks and balances need to be put in place. If you’re single, let your loved ones know just to keep them in the loop of important things happening in your life.
Are you really unhappy at work or do you just need a time out to detach from it? It could be that you’re worn out from the daily requirements and stress that comes with your job, and a long holiday could suffice. Or maybe you are genuinely unhappy and have tried all you could to make it work, but it’s not bearing fruit. If you’re completely unhappy with you job, then it’s best to resign for the sake of your well-being. However, if you need some space away from work, consider taking sabbatical leave and pursue those interests that have been long overdue.
So now that you’re nearing the send button on your resignation email, do you have a clear plan on what you’re going to do next? Have you even decided on a precise career plan with achievable goals in place? You don’t want to find yourself in a position where you’re job hopping and not building a solid and meaningful career.
Are you skilled enough to go out there and start a business or work at a new job? Having a good track record of your work is vital for any future prospects, so if you feel like you’ve done and learned enough at your current job, then perhaps it’s time to take the plunge into new territory.
Make use of the network you’ve built over time to find new opportunities. People are more comfortable with working with those they know because they have a better understanding of what to expect in terms of personality and professional ability.
I’d recommend that you don’t leave your current job before you find a new one, but if you can afford to live off your savings while taking a break from the working world, then go for it. Make sure that your time-out has a clearly defined time-frame, and use the time think about what you want out of your career and to get in touch with your contacts about possible opportunities.
*image from Mashable.