10 questions you should ask before giving notice.

Simply cancel the job or still stay? A difficult decision for those who long for a career change. These ten questions should be faced with a termination. 

After a couple of years with an employer, you are plagued by boredom or have you been feeling a sense of chronic dissatisfaction for a long time? You are looking for a new environment, would like to develop professionally and personally or to identify with a sector or the products of your employer? You may even wonder if you should just quit without having a new employment contract in your pocket. Or would you rather stay and hope that everything will get better someday? Here are 10 questions that you should face before termination and answer with “YES”, so that stress, boredom or frustration in the job is not a hasty escape, but a well-considered decision to change.

10 questions you should ask before giving notice.

1. Are you ready to give up your current job with colleagues?

Any change means giving up something old for something new. The daily contact with beloved colleagues, certain tasks that have been fun so far or the special advantages that the current profession or your employer brings with it. So what exactly do you give up when you quit and are you ready to say goodbye? 

2. Is there nothing else that could stop you from dismissing?

Even if your frustration is high, would your boss or colleagues still have a chance to stop you from quitting and if so, what? What would have to happen to keep you? – More money? A promotion? New tasks? An open debate? Is it worthwhile to discuss such topics with your boss or colleagues and see if there is still a common future? And if there is something, how likely is it that what would keep you from denouncing will actually happen in the future?

3. Do you know what you expect from a job change?

Most of the employees sitting in coaching and thinking of dismissal are frustrated on the run. The main thing is their motto. But away from the old employer says nothing about a good goal for the future. Have you thought about what should be after the termination and what do you think, why you will feel better after a change of employer? What exactly is your real motivation to change and are you sure that these opportunities for change do not exist with your current employer? Because …

4. Have you checked all the options with your employer?

Many workers think that their position with an employer is set in stone. They usually do not come up with the idea of ​​proactively looking for alternative development opportunities within the company. Once the termination has been pronounced, it is too late to think about internal switching options. So, what is your view might be unrealistic but attractive internal change ideas would be worth talking to your boss, other executives, or HR staff before you finally say goodbye?

5. Are you in shape to think about your future?

In coaching, I notice that some people who are willing to change things find it extremely difficult to think about their future career and to talk about goals. Even the fleeting thought of everything that they suffered in the last weeks or months, tears them in the eyes. Today and yesterday are so determined by their thought-trivialities that their minds have no room for tomorrow. Again, the termination would be more hasty flight than a good start of something new. How do you feel when you think about your goals for the coming years and your future career? Are you currently in good shape to work on your future or what can you do first good for yourself to recharge your batteries? 

6. Do you know which positions and employers you are looking for?

How should it continue after the termination? The same, only elsewhere? A new job with an employer in the same industry? Or even a major re-orientation? With your notice, you should have a plan in your pocket where to take the next step. Tasks in which you can bring in your technical and experiential knowledge and your strengths can be used. Companies whose products or services you can identify with. Chefs and colleagues who match your personal ideas of good cooperation. A working environment in which you can feel good and develop. 

7. Do you understand how others rate your decision?

“You do not just quit your job!” This thinking is still present in many parts of our society. Especially if your current situation is rated by other people in your environment as a luxury issue. They will tell you that you are already well and that many other employees are so much worse off. So, how strong are you to decide and what will you answer to such objectors and know-it-alls?

8. Would you like to receive applications and job interviews?

Well, you probably will not want to talk about pleasure. In any case, I have not met a job changer looking forward to a job interview. But one thing is clear: if you are not a programmer or a nurse and are expected by the labor market with open arms, you will probably have to write some applications and have to do some job interviews until the signing of the next employment contract. Honestly, are you ready and curious about what the job market has to offer you?

9. Will you be able to bridge three months without an income?

If you cancel the employment contract yourself, you are usually threatened with a 3-month block of unemployment benefits. Are your reserves sufficient to cover the costs and the livelihood during this time? If you do not have a job to offer at the time of termination, application processes can quickly drag on for more than half a year or more. Financial pressure is an extremely bad advisor when changing jobs. So, will you be financially supported between the termination and the start of a new job?

10. Does the job change suit your private life planning?

Work has long since become an integral part of life. What are your private plans for the next few years and would your termination and change of employer affect them? Are they currently spatially bound? What does a job change mean for your family and your social environment? What would you possibly have to do without in your private life and how important is that to you? Or is there something that should improve privately by the termination and what does this mean for your search for a new employer?

Announce: Plan your farewell and the change

If your decision is that you will leave your current employer, then clarify the separation process. What notice periods are to be observed and what is a good termination date for you? Are there any tasks or projects that you would like to bring to a successful conclusion before you leave? Perhaps it is also important to hand over your open topics to a successor in peace. Many employees want to leave their employer in good and leave no battlefield. If this is important to you, then clarify what you can do to help in the remaining time.

There may also be workforce reduction programs at your employer, and you may benefit from severance pay or outplacement counseling to help you find and find new jobs. Perhaps it may also make sense to talk openly with your employer about which side will pronounce the legally effective termination. With all the consequences that are connected with it – from the calculation of the unemployment benefit to the wording in your employment certificate.

Stay: redesign your old work

If you have decided against the termination at the present time, you will probably not be satisfied with a “keep it up!” In the long run. Even if you have become more aware of the benefits of working for a current employer and are outweighing a job change, there is likely to be something that bothers you and will continue to burden you in the future.

Do not go into a prescriptive attitude now and do not simply go back to routine business routine, but work as the boss of your own life on the important issues that you have identified in your answers to my ten questions. Because your job is not a prison and even as an employee, you have greater freedom of action than you think.

I wish you a lot of clarity and a good decision – whether you stay or change. 

amardeep kaushal

Blogger, Marketer & Data Analyst.

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