It’s a key time of year for people seeking new career opportunities. We see this for ourselves, with Vana Resourcing’s website welcoming the most number of visitors during the Autumn period.
Therefore it might appear strange that our latest blog focuses on departures rather than beginnings. ‘Quitting’ has negative connotations but we’ll suggest that, in the right circumstances, it can be one of the most positive career moves a person makes.
Our starting point was an online article published in July where an experienced Head of Talent & HR, Toni Thompson, shared her insight on knowing when the time is right to leave a job.
There are many reasons why people might seek a new opportunity. Some will have naturally outgrown a role, or aspire to greater seniority and salary. For others a change in personal circumstances create practical reasons to reconsider their career. Realistically however, a common impetus will be frustration. This could be down to anything from career inertia – for example a job starting to feel like Groundhog Day – to disengagement, a mismatch of organisational and personal goals/values, and simple gut instinct.
The key point made by Thompson was that whatever the motivation for quitting (and there are many), an individual should strive to leave a positive impression with the organisation they’re moving on from. It’s a view shared by Alison Doyle writing on personal finance website, The Balance. ‘If you don’t appropriately plan your resignation, you may find yourself at your wit’s end one day and end up quitting on the spot, which will ruin your chances to maintain a positive relationship with your past employer,’ writes Doyle.
Knowing you want to move job, such as for the examples given above, is easy enough. Knowing when to make that move is much harder to judge as emotion has to be balanced with practicality.
Enabling these conversations – and ultimately a successful transition – is something that Vana Resourcing has had first-hand experience of. Two very different cases come to mind:
Of course, we’re not encouraging anyone reading this to hand in their resignation tomorrow and head off to the nearest travel agent! However, we recognise that there are talented people dissatisfied with their current career circumstances but feel unable to take the next step. “We meet a lot of candidates who’ve made a career move that has not turned out as they’d hoped for a variety of reasons,” said Vana co-Director, Debbie Flowers. “That’s not a bad thing in itself – these things happen. But sitting on it for too long, and letting frustration build, is the problem. Recognising this, and then doing something about it leading ultimately to a professional exit reflects an individual’s intelligence, honesty, and integrity – very attractive qualities in the eyes of a future employer!”
In conclusion, it’s about making the transition in the most constructive way possible and carefully choosing, and then managing, the point of leaving – both of which require as much personal skill and judgement as any job search. Change won’t always be straightforward, but using the support available – and having the courage of your convictions to make the break – could pay dividends in the long run.
The online article which formed the starting point for our blog can be seen here.
And if our story resonates with your own career circumstances why not make positive change happen and have a conversation with us?