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Three Ways to Quit Your Job and Not Remain Jobless

Updated on Oct 25, 2017 4704 views
Three Ways to Quit Your Job and Not Remain Jobless


The subject of effective job mobility is becoming very important and quintessential in today’s career world. While jobs may be few in comparison with the number of graduates applying for them, many individuals who are engaged in active employment may still want to leave their current jobs. They are just doing it for the time being or to temporarily make a living. This may be due to so many factors which are often categorized as Job Dissatisfaction. There is a level of job satisfaction for each person and each job performed. Problems start to occur when people are not happy with their jobs. Not everyone can be satisfied with their job. In a survey conducted by Right Management, 65% of individuals that were surveyed were either somewhat or totally unsatisfied with their jobs. This problem is a worldwide problem and you reading this article now may somewhat be unsatisfied with an aspect of your job.  Some of the causes of Job Dissatisfaction are;

1. Low Remuneration

2. Limited Career Growth

3. Lack of Interest

4. Unclear Job Description

5. Proximity of Office (This could be due to change of location)

6. Job Insecurity

7. Poor Management and etc.

All of the above are some of the factors that often time than not trigger the need for an individual to leave his or her current job for another.

Never Quit Without a Plan

While quitting may not be an attitude to be encouraged and practiced frequently, there are however sometimes we must have to quit doing something in order to be able to pursue the next thing ahead.  When you resign from your job, it's important to resign as gracefully and professionally as possible. Generally, if you can, you give adequate notice to your employer, write a formal resignation letter, and be prepared to move on prior to submitting your resignation. However, in doing all of these, never quit a job without a plan. The Nigerian labor market is too dense for one to take his or her current job with levity. A bird at hand would always be worth more than two in the bush. So, before leaving that bird at hand, you must be certain that the two other birds in the bush have been made ready for you or you have devised a plan to capture them without missing. If you are thinking of quitting your existing job and you currently do not have a new one, then you must do the following.

1. Consider what you want to do (Make Intellectual Plans)

Before quitting your existing job, you may want to ask yourself these questions:

  • How long can I support myself without an income?
  • Where do I want to be in 1 month? 6 months? 12 months? Try to be as detailed as possible
  • Do I have the skills and experience to gain the new job I want?
  • Do I have a plan B in case I am unemployed for longer than I anticipate?

Use your free time to consider what you would like to do next. If you want a new job in the same career field, you should already have the skills and experience needed to gain a new job and a short break may be just exactly what you need. Make a list of all the job sites and agencies that advertise the positions you want to go into so you know exactly where to look when you feel the time is right for you to get back the new job. MyJobMag one of the leading job sites in Nigeria could be a perfect job site for you to get that new offer. If you are looking to go into a new career path, consider if there is anything skill you would need to enter into that field. Now is the perfect time to take a short-course, pursue any qualification or work experience that will enable you to make a career change. After all of these get a new professional CV that will accelerate your chances of getting that new job.

The longer you stay out of work, the harder it may be for you to find a job so you should try to keep a small gap between your last position and your prospective new one. Concentrate on finding the right job for you but also try and find it in a timely manner.

2. Have Financial Plans

If you have been considering quitting your job for a while, you may have already done some financial planning and put some money to the side. Having some savings can give you the security and confidence to pursue the right job for you in a relatively comfortable manner. If you don’t have much in the way of savings, don’t panic. It’s easy to live on less money than you think. Budget carefully and consider cutting down on those little luxuries to save money. You may miss them but remember, your situation is temporary and you will soon have a steady income again. Try your best to stay off social support groups as they may not see your vision or understand why you have quit your job. They may also encourage you to take a job which is not suitable to your career ambitions and you could end up back at square one.

3. Make Plans of Being Busy

Now that you are not going to work every day, it’s important to establish some type of routine. Without a routine, you can become lazy and start lacking motivation. Time can then begin to drag and a brief spell of unemployment can seem like a long time. This can also lead to boredom and a touch of depression can set in so it is essential to stay active both physically and mentally.

Try to wake up every morning at a suitable time and dedicate the 9 am – 5 pm time period of your day to doing something productive. If you have ever considered doing some voluntary work but haven’t had the time, now is the perfect opportunity. Look up local volunteering works around you and see if they require any help. Maybe you could get more involved with your church and offer your assistance to any activities or functions they are holding. This will keep you busy, help you to give back to your local community and also give you the opportunity to help those that are less fortunate. This can be a very rewarding experience.

You can use this period to spend more time with your loved ones and become more engaged in their lives. Help your children with their homework; drop them off and pick them up from school etc. You can also take on more housework such as cleaning and cooking and this will take some pressure off of your spouse especially if they are working. Maybe now would be a good time to fix that leaky tap or the crumbling doors that won’t close properly.

Conclusion (Make the transition to your new job)

Now that you have had some time off and considered your future, you can apply to jobs which you would be happy with and are suitable for you. Dedicate particular days of the week to highlighting vacancies and applying to jobs while continuing with your routine and eventually, you will find a job which is right for you. A period of unemployment is not the end of the world and if you apply these methods, time will pass by quickly and you can take pride in the fact that you had the courage to change your situation.

Staff Writer

This article was written and edited by a staff writer.

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