Close some doors today. Not Because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.
So you’re unhappy at work and dreaming of saying goodbye to your job…
Just like with a broken relationship, the first step is to try to repair the situation. Something as simple as speaking to your supervisor and asking for what you need can do the trick. Or even bringing more zen into your day by changing up your office space and taking more breaks.
But what if this isn’t enough? Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we can’t always fix things. Some things simply aren’t “fixable.” So, then what?
This, my friends, is when it’s time to consider saying goodbye…
The dreaded “G Word” is not one that people enjoy using. In fact, they will often do just about ANYTHING to delay saying it. Why? Because we, as humans, are extremely afraid of facing transition. “Change is hard,” people say, “Goodbyes make me sad.”
Although there’s no denying that change can be scary, starting a new chapter in life is also very exciting.
Instead of focusing on the negatives that keep you stuck from taking action, think of the possibilities that will give you the confidence to move forward. You’ll finally have a chance to find a career that brings you joy. You’ll be able to prioritize writing that book on your bucket list. Will there be a transition period? Of course. But having a good goodbye from your current job will certainly make the transition much smoother.
To put your desire to resign into motion, you’ll need to create some tangible steps to hold yourself accountable and not let the fear of change hold you back. Create those steps with the intention of making your transition a positive one.
Here are 3 actions for you to get started:
1. Have a talk with your supervisor, and not just 2 weeks before you plan on leaving.
This is where I’ve seen so many people get stuck. They say “there’s no way I can tell my boss I’m resigning that early. They’ll fire me!” Well, my friend, you’re leaving anyway, so the outcome is the same. Why you benefit from telling your boss far in advance is that it gives you both the chance to create a smooth transition. You want to leave on good terms. You want to leave with integrity. Maturely approaching your boss at least a month in advance gives you, and the organization, time to prepare for your departure and ultimately, send you off on a positive note.
2. Create a job description of your position that accurately reflects all the responsibilities you had.
Let’s be honest here. The job you got hired to do is not likely the job you ended up doing. You probably had a lot more projects and responsibilities added to your plate over the years. When you take time to reflect on what you have actually done for the organization, you’re doing two things at once: preparing an update for your resume and giving your company a good heads-up on hiring the right person to fill your shoes.
3. Update your LinkedIn profile to make it clear you’re in the market for a new position.
This is another scary one because it lets the world know you’re leaving your job. And if you haven’t told your company yet, that can put you in an awkward position. The reality is, you want to start putting yourself out there as soon as possible to find your new job. In order to avoid anyone at work surprisingly finding out from your LinkedIn status, it means you’ll have to tell them first. This goes back to Action #1…tell them much sooner than 2 weeks before you’re leaving. It gives you more lead time to look for a new job, time for your company to prepare, and a chance for your professional network to be on the lookout for new opportunities for you.
Thinking of leaving your job is one thing, but taking steps to put it into motion requires another level of commitment and focused action.
Regardless of the circumstances that have led you to decide to resign, you can leave in a way that honors the good in your time there and allows you to exit with integrity, grace, and compassion. Give yourself and everyone who you’ve worked with a chance for a Good Goodbye.
You’ve got one life to do what your heart desires. Make this life work for, not against, you. Take the steps you need to close the chapter on a career that’s no longer filling you up. When you do, you’ll make room for exactly what will help you create a life you love.