Let’s fact it: quitting a job is hard. As human beings, we gravitate towards normalcy and what we know, especially when it comes to something as important as work. A job, no matter what it is, is a job. It can provide stability and if you’ve been there for a long time, the familiarity can be all too comforting.
But being comfortable isn’t always what’s in our best interests, and millions of Americans across the country are realizing that this past year. The number of job openings hit record highs at the end of 2021, and this time period is now being recognized as The Great Resignation.
If you are one of the people who are strongly considering leaving your place of work and finding greener pastures, our recruiting agency is here to help you. We have decades of experience in helping employees in Arkansas and all across the country, and there a few factors to think about when it comes to quitting a job.
Before you make any concrete decision, ask yourself these 5 questions.
1. Did COVID-19 change my priorities? The pandemic forced many of us to reflect on our careers, and reevaluate what’s important. Perhaps you’re tired of long hours in an office and the lure of working from home has grown more enticing, or maybe working from home during COVID with kids and animals running around proved to be nothing but a distraction, and separating the two seems more efficient. The truth is that none of us are completely the same since the start of COVID. And that’s okay. So now is a good time to identify how you enjoy spending your time and what really brings meaning to your work and home life. Examine your current work situation and determine if it fits in with your current life and goals.
2. What am I no longer willing take? After the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans started reexamining their values and limits, because our work life shouldn’t negatively affect our quality of life. If you’re working really long hours, putting up with a boss that does nothing but get under your skin, or giving too much physical and mental energy to a workplace you don’t feel passionate enough about, it’s time to start updating that resume.
3. Was I considering a change before the pandemic? Many employees that our recruiting firm has spoken with over the past 2 years were expressing moving to a new job before COVID-19, and then froze once it all began. Suddenly, security became paramount, and quitting was suddenly no longer an option. This is all reasonable, considering the pandemic was such a surprise, and a tremendously difficult time. Were you contemplating jumping ship pre-COVID? Do you still have those feelings about your current job? Have they grown stronger? These are some questions you should reflect on.
4. How did my boss or leadership team respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? How our leaders respond in the face of tragedy can really change a workplace — for better or for worse. Look back on the course of the pandemic and take note of how your bosses handled it. Did they act with compassion? Did they offer bonuses? Were there flexible hours? Did you feel valued and cared for as a professional, but also as a human being? Did your job security change at all? These are some things to consider.
5. Where do I see myself in 5 years? Your long term goals as a professional need to be taken into strong consideration. The goal is to find a workplace that can not only financially sustain us for the long haul, but also continue stimulate and challenge us day in and day out. Perhaps the pandemic has shifted your focus, and your long-term goals look a little different now. Maybe you’d like to try a completely different career. Or maybe you’d like to stay in the same field, but change it up with a new challenge. Think about your major goals, and ask yourself if your current job is fostering those aspirations.
If you’re not sure about what to do with your job during the Great Resignation, our staffing agency would love to have a conversation with you and see what we can do to help point you in the right direction. Contact us here and get started today.
Carter Recruiting and Associates is one of the largest independent recruiting and outplacement companies in Arkansas. Our headquarters, located in Little Rock and our satellite office in Conway, both service accounts nationwide. We have satisfied clients and references from some of the largest companies in the state. With over 50 collective years of experience in the recruiting business, we have a vast amount of resources and knowledge to ensure a job well done.
Cherie is the owner and president of Carter Recruiting and Associates. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Mississippi and has over 30 years of experience in the recruitment of executive and manufacturing professionals. Cherie’s work has been instrumental for new plant start-ups, as well as building and maintaining relationships throughout the region and state of Arkansas. She is a member of the National Association of Female Executives and the National Association of Women Business Owners.