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Quitting? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Leave

Jeff Hindenach | ManagerLink

Does This Fit into My Long-Term Plan?

If you have a job lined up: Sure, you are frustrated with your job, but does leaving hurt your long-term career plans? Take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Is there a position at your company that you’d be happier in? How can you get from where you are to that position? Is it worth sticking it out? Leaving always seems like the best answer short-term, but with a bit of hard work, you could end up in a better place by staying.

If you have a job: A gap in your employment could definitely have adverse effects on your long-term career. If you are determined to walk away from your job into unemployment, make sure that you are using your extra time to advance your skills and experience in your field. Too much downtime without any experience gained will raise major red flags with future employers.

If you have the answers to all these questions, then you are in a good position to leave. Just make sure you are polite and diplomatic when leaving, and be respectful of your former employer. You never know when one of your old coworkers could be your new boss!

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