And earlier this year I had a CV client who is a shining star but wasn't enjoying their job and quit, without having anything else lined up. They're currently unemployed.
As anyone will tell you, jobs are no longer two-a-penny. So, unless you're extremely lucky and you're in the right place at the right time, it could take you some time to find something else. We all have financial obligations to meet and it would be reckless to make yourself unemployed before you have something better to go to.
Furthermore, being unemployed can often put you in a weaker position when negotiating your salary package for your new role, with employers offering you a lower package than you could normally command.
If you're not happy in your current role, you'll need a career plan.
- Assess your current situation. What is it that's irritating you? Could anything be done to rectify it? If it's a grievance with a colleague or boss, could it be addressed via your employer's grievance procedure? (All UK employers should have one)
- If it can't be sorted, try not to be emotional or to make knee-jerk decisions. Your head must rule your heart. Grit your teeth and continue to do what you're paid to do to the best of your ability. At some stage you'll probably need a reference from your current employer, so bear that in mind.
- Try to stay cheerful. Don't let your mood or negativity come to the fore as it will affect your colleagues, create bad feelings around you and make the workplace unpleasant for everyone.
- Try to engage in pleasurable activities outside of work and perhaps during your lunch breaks. Reflecting on these during working hours will help keep you sane.
- Get your ducks in a row. Decide on the type of role you want to apply for and start searching the market.
- Update your CV and LinkedIn Profile so you're ready to roll when you see the job of your dreams. We'd be happy to help you with this.
- Don't jump out of the frying pan into the fire! In your frustration, you may want to accept any old job just to get out of your current situation. If you do this, you'll be back to square one in the very near future, so take your time and try to hold out for the right role.
- Don't confide your feelings to anyone at work and that includes clients and advisors.
- When it's time to move on, give full notice and stay committed to the job during your notice period.
- Always leave on good terms effecting a full handover to your successor and training them if necessary.
Professional CV Writer and Career Coach