WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU WANT TO QUIT
Culturally speaking, engineers tend to be passive jobs seekers. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), there are 3 engineers to every 1 job opportunity versus 93 marketers to every 1 opening in their field, and tech professionals understand that they are in a position of power.
Nonetheless, when you want to quit your job, there are times when being proactive about your career is a must. That’s when tens of thousands of job seekers to date have contacted Connections of New York to inquire about our current opportunities. They know that Connections has been helping engineers and other tech professionals to take their careers and departments to the next level for over 26 years.
There are dozens of good reasons to leave a job, including but not limited to (1) experiencing verbal abuse or any other illegal activity at work, (2) noticing company is tanking financially, (3) seeing that your job is taking a toll on your physical health, (4) having ethical or moral differences with company management (5) receiving significantly more work for less or similar pay, (6) being ignored and/or shut out of decision making, (7) plateauing learning and development (8) being under the pressure of constant restructuring, (9) having your boss consistently undermine your work, (10) going after more money, responsibility, respect and meaningful work, (11) pursuing a passion, (12) being overlooked for promotions or advancement year after year.
At Connections, we are most interested in learning why a candidate is interested quitting. Once we find out, we may suggest a few of these tips (some of them quite obvious) for dealing with career cabin fever:
Brush up your resume.
Are you on LinkedIn? CareerBuilder? ConnectionsNY.com? If you are, go back to your profile and update your work history, skills, and objectives. Doing so sends out an alert to all registered recruiters who will begin to contact you about new opportunities.
Clean up your social media.
More and more, hiring managers are turning to social media to assess whether or not a potential employee is a culture fit or socially responsible. Make sure that your profiles represent you as a positive person with varied interests and insightful commentary.
Seriously, set up your voicemail.
It’s not hard. Do yourself a favor. Despite all of the amazing technology at our disposal, many recruiters and hiring managers prefer to reach out to potential candidates via phone. They leave messages. They want to see if you are accessible via many different forms of communication. As they age, some of them are still using traditional methods to reach the young professionals who will bring their companies into the digital age.
You know you’re good. So, it may be a bit daunting to receive a ton of cold calls about new opportunities. However, if you don’t list your contact information anywhere, you may be excluding yourself from amazing opportunities.
Use a recruiter.
Yes, we are in the business of connecting candidates with hiring managers. However, this is not just a shameless plug. Looking for a job can be a full-time job. Recruiters make your job search much more efficient by spending several hours a day looking for work for you. Just make sure you’ve understand how to find a good one.
Take the time to assess what you want in your next job.
It can be easy to leave one job just to find the same frustrations in another. Make sure that you really understand your reasons for leaving your current jobs, and have evaluated your deal breakers for your next role.
Research what the employer is actually looking for.
Most of the time executives hire based on much more (or less depending on how you look at it) than the skills on a job seekers resume. They want to make sure that you understand their vision and are equipped to get them there. If the job ad seeks a Data Developer for example, try to get an understanding of how the data is used and why a developer may be needed. Then, consider how you might be able to use your skills and experience to achieve that end.
Take the high road.
Even if your coworkers and managers were awful, understand that it’s a small world. Put your emotions in check when you leave. Even if the job was something you didn’t enjoy, you probably learned a valuable lesson while there. Additionally, the members of your extended team may also be watching. And if they can empathize with what you dealt with, they may have the opportunity to bring you in on a project elsewhere.
No matter what you decide, it is important to heed a little conventional wisdom: it’s easier to get a job with a job.
Beyond keeping your skills fresh, staying in your current job prevents your cash flow from drying out. Whenever you give your resignation, the clock starts to tick. With your back against the wall, you may be pressured to take a job that is not worth your while.
If you or someone you know is thinking of making a career move in tech, reach out to Connections of New York for career advice and to hear about some of our openings.
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