Why job hunting should never be a rash decision
We’re all familiar with the scene at the end of the movie when the main character finally cracks, shouts “I QUIT” and storms out. And when you’re unhappy at work, it’s easy to start daydreaming about reenacting that exact situation.
But let’s leave it to the movie stars to make these rash decisions on a whim.
As real people, we have commitments, references and potentially having to explain this to a future employer to worry about.
The less dramatic response, in our experience, is what most people turn to – getting home and frantically start applying for everything and anything! And although less extreme, this is not the right thing to do either. Panic applying for jobs you have not thought through will only end up wasting everyone’s time, being unprepared, and worse case, taking another job that is not right for you!
So what should you do?
Take time to reflect
Take time to reflect on the aspects of your current role you do not like, why you want to move on, and what more a new role could offer you. After taking this time to reflect you will either; be ready to calm down and reconsider your current role, or be determined to seek a new opportunity – but at least you’ll know what you’re looking for!
If you’re still convinced you need to leave your current role, then spend your time well. Make sure you’re organising your efforts by applying for the right roles, tailoring your applications for each job and making note of key information for each vacancy you apply for.
Take a look at our blog post What you should be doing now to prepare for your job hunt for advice on how to move forward with your search for a new job!
However, if you calm down and start to reconsider the decision to leave, you’ll be grateful for not giving into the moment and shouting at your boss.
Now it’s time to think about what’s making you so unhappy, what needs to change and how this might happen.
We suggest you start by talking to your Line Manager, and having taken the time to reflect and calm down, you’ll be better able to explain yourself and how you’re feeling in a constructive and professional way.
Victoria is the Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as Recruitment Consultant for 5 years, she moved into Office Management over 11 years ago now. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn