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How to quit a job you hate

Are you unhappy in your job? We’d love to say it’s as simple as walking over to your boss, slamming a resignation letter down, and dramatically exiting the building. But if you like being able to afford to eat and having a roof over your head, it’s not that simple. Being stuck in a job you hate can be mentally draining, the feeling of being trapped in a position that brings you no joy can bring you down. So, what do you do? In this blog, we are going to be talking about the steps you should be taking to help you find your career path.

Establish your situation

Firstly, are you actually stuck in your job and financially unable to leave, or have you just become accustomed to the kind of lifestyle your current salary provides? Ultimately it boils down to need over want. For example, having a cushy salary with all the trimmings is nice but it’s definitely a want over a need. A need being having enough money set aside to pay for the necessities, household bills, food, medication etc. This excludes items that are pure want for example travel, luxury items and dining out.

Once you have established the difference, you can start to make an informed decision as to whether you would be able to financially quit your job. Add up the amount you spend on essentials each month and subtract this from your monthly salary. This will give you the exact figures you will need to cover. If this is possible you can start to think about what you want to do next.

Find your path

So, you’ve established that you’re definitely going to be quitting. While finding a new job at the moment can be challenging, it is not completely hopeless. You have to figure out exactly what you want to do, are you looking for a position in the same field? Or are you looking to completely change what it is you want to do? Maybe you’re looking at gaining more qualifications. Whatever it is you decided it is important to focus on how you can instead of why you can’t.

Create a plan

Quitting a job isn’t always a one-day turnaround, it can take weeks and may depend on whether you are having to work your notice period or not. You can utilise this time to create a strategy going forward. Avoid writing down a strict plan of what you want to do and the timeframe in which you want to do it. This will likely lead you to feel very overwhelmed and anxious, instead create a loose outline of what you want and where you see yourself, you want to feel motivated not frightened. An important thing to bear in mind is that you need to focus on transitioning from one career path to another, ideally without having to give up the security of your current position. Think about possible gaining extra skills or qualifications part-time until you are ready to completely quit, this will set you up for success.

Take the plunge

You are as ready as you’ll ever be there is no point fretting over it any longer, what’s the worst that can happen? Stop waiting for whatever it is your scared might happen, take back control of your life. If you are looking to upskill or adapt your CV ready for a new job watch ourMyjobs.Coachexplainer video and get instant access to the resources, training and skills you need to find your next job in 30 days.

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