Compensation. Commute. Internal issues. Career advancement. There are a number of signs you should quit your job. It’s important to find a position that highlights your strengths and abilities while also being in line with your personal demands and financial goals. With more than two decades of recruiting experience, I have worked with hundreds of candidates to find positions that better suit their needs. While there may be a number of signs you should leave your job, I highly recommend having a plan in place before making any important decisions about your career.

Strategize a Plan

Before you turn in your resignation, have a strategy for what you will do next. Unless you’re able to afford to not work for a period of time, I urge candidates to remain in their current position until you find a new one. It’s always easier to find a position while you’re currently employed, rather than unemployed. The first step when considering a career move is to compile a list of references. Know who you can call on to be a valuable source of information on your character, professional experience, personality and work ethic. From there, get your resume in order. Thoughtfully outline your experience, skills and accomplishments and have your resume ready to send to a potential employer. You also need to be able to honestly and concisely explain why you left or are leaving your current role and why you’re seeking a new one.

Leave on Good Terms

From peers to managers and even the executive team, consider each of them a potential new colleague or reference for your new endeavor. Give adequate notice, whether verbal or written, and leave your work in a transferrable form so that your predecessor can pick up where you left off with minimal issues. Being able to leave on amicable terms and call on previous coworkers in the future is a critical part of leaving a position.

As a recruiter, a crucial part of finding a better position for my candidates is understanding why he or she is looking to leave. With this knowledge, I am able to cautiously provide opportunities that make sense for them personally, financially and professionally. Successful recruiters find positions that match candidates’ needs and are able to source the best fits for what you’re looking for in a career.

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