One of the first questions I get asked when I deal with career changers who are in job search mode is: How do I know when it’s a time to quit?
Giving up a job is a big choice and it needs innovative and cautious consideration. There are however certain conditions that you need to deal with”pronto” to get a new job if you don’t want to de-rail your lifestyle, de-stabilise your profession, harm your psychological or wellness or reduce good connections and buddies.
The likelihood of getting fired is the most alarming situation. Redundancies and getting fired is progressively common in underperforming sectors such as the Print, Automobile or Retail store industry here in Australia or New Zealand to name just a few. Most experts have tacitly agreed to the idea that being fired is expensive and troublesome to workers, their family members, particularly in Australia (i.e Mortgage stress), and should therefore be prevented at any means. For this reason, many of us will agree to untenable circumstances at work and go to outstanding measures to keep our jobs.
The factors people get fired are often not due to the employee’s own errors or behavior.
If you are fired for one of the following factors, you have been unfortunate, but planning for contingencies can help you progress.
Understanding and accepting methods and culture within an organisation isn’t always as simple as it sounds, and neither is staying. In reality, most mistakes come from staying and so there are periods when it’s better to go. Here are some warning signals to think about in making that challenging decision.
Do you dream about your every day task at work? Have you been in the same role with no new responsibilities or opportunities to move up? Especially with the current economy where most industries are transforming their technology, it is essential to keep yourself on or close to the innovation and to keep your mind engaged on the job.
Here are a few examples:
Be informed and mindful to how your industry and your competitors are doing. News that other companies in the same industry are “tightening the belt” may be a sign that your company is a little unstable. If you work in the Australian Automotive, Print or Retail Industry you most likely know what I am talking about. . Don’t be shocked all the time, but be aware and keep your eyes and ears open.
What’s happening to your work environment: do the good people stay or go? If key-players are leaving a competitor or your own company, know why. (Usually, the best people leave first) Without a quick turn-around, brain drain spells the beginning of the end. It might be time to consider a career change. My tip : Don’t try to fix it; get on the job hunt right away!
This should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many experienced clients I work with who tolerate abusive behaviour from a boss on daily basis. If your boss yells at you, throws things, insult and humiliates you in front of others, or threatens your job security repeatedly, and being harassed in any way, you are working for an abusive boss.
No one deserves to be treated like this. Sadly, many companies tolerate this sort of behaviour for the sake of profitability or rainmaking by the offending party. You don’t have to accept this environment- Always remember, that you live and work in a healthy country and you have options. The number one way to repair your self-esteem is to start taking action to get out. Revise your resume, prepare your interview suit, and start sending out applications. Do it now.
Watch out for your firm’s situation and finances; the strategic importance of the division or department you work in; and be alert and aware of the internal standing of your boss.
With the right skills, attitude, dedication and perseverance, a job you love can and will be yours. Go get it and remember to hunt wisely!