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Do You You Know When It’s Time To Quit?

Posted on Jun 19, 2017 by Ulrich Schild

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 Likely Scenario of Being Fired vs Giving up a job.

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.

  • Character mismatch – is amongst the most typical factors. Clinging on, because of the money, but actually you were not satisfied with the environment.  Repetitious and tedious workplace, detrimental – disappointed employees lifestyle or the whole atmosphere was just uncomfortable. Being fired in these situations is probably an advantage, as it liberates you to look for a career that is a more compatible to your expertise and personality.
  • Skills mismatch – When you employed for the job, you were not absolutely conscious of what’s expected in the job. This might be because the hiring manager did not properly look at the skills and expertise against the job specifications or he/she was a bit” relaxed” in creating factors apparently. Another probability is where the job accountabilities were turned on you after you were employed. If that has happened to you, move on! Be optimistic as you will have better luck elsewhere.
  • Declining to go along – Holding on to your values, refusing to be unethical or to ignore bad company methods and being fired for it is not a slur on you; you should be extremely proud for being bold and standing up for what is right. It’s known as having integrity.
  • Downsizing – Teams are reduced every day / in almost every sector. It’s not their mistake. It’s a cold business practise by organisations who are trying to increase the value of their inventory, reduce failures, modify employees following a takeover or merging, etc.etc. The Organization itself may be downsizing items and or shifting to different countries or locations to reduce costs.
  • Irrational – If you became pregnant or required to take time off to attend to your sick child or partner, and if you put in a request for a short leave and were fired, it had nothing to do with you. Don’t blame yourself. You might handle this a as job discrimination or unjust termination.
  • Whats next – When Should You Make The next Move?

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.

# 1 Your job has become a tiring routine.

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.

# 2 Your work environment is covered with bad boundaries.

Here are a few examples:

  • You’re never able to complete a task continuous because others invade your workspace.
  • Your colleagues or managers consistently take credit for your work.
  • You are regularly asked to manage other people’s difficulties without any assistance.
  • Your workplace is driven by rumors, back-stabbing or nepotism.
  • Your colleagues routinely get drunk after work, and force you to do the same. Or maybe your peers or your boss is engaged in an office affair, and it’s affecting everyone in the workplace.

# 3 Your business is in chaos.

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!

# 4 Your boss is abusive.

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.

# 5 Company profits are down (or non-existent).

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.

  • Is your employer able to pay the salaries or is ‘cutting labor cost‘ a regular vocabulary in conversations around you?
  • Is your service or product well positioned to face future challenges?
  • Does your boss help you grow? Analyse your employer and management, just as they evaluate you in an annual review. Leave a company that doesn’t improve.
  • Words to the wise: if you decide it’s time to move on, don’t quit a position until you find a replacement. Be subtle in your job search,  and don’t check out until you turn off the lights for the last time. Your reputation and job experience go with you. People will remember the colleague who stayed loyal and committed until the very last day of work.

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!

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