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It’s okay to quit your job—but you need to have a plan

First things first: start looking for a job now, while you’re still employed. Traditional wisdom dictates that it’s easier to find a job when you’re already employed, and research backs it up. As noted by Quartz, Columbia University economists studied the job-seeking activities of 2,900 people, aged 18 to 64, and discovered that:

—Employed individuals were both more likely to get contacted by potential employers and receive referrals from their contacts.

—Employer response rate to people with jobs was four times higher than that of unemployed applicants.

—Employed people received two times the amount of interviews and three times as many offers per application.

Now that you’re looking for a job, it’s important to make a list of the pros and cons of your current position. What do you like and dislike? Both in terms of responsibilities, company culture, and any benefits your employer offers (or lacks). Feel free to be candid with everything you dislike about your job, too. Once your list is done, you’ll have a much better idea of the type of job you want to accept moving forward.

Now for the most important part of having a quitting plan—setting your “exit by” date. If you don’t set a date in advance, you might end up staying at the company for months or even years. Ask yourself how long you can stay at this job without sacrificing your mental health and work backwards from that date to set mini-goals and deadlines. For instance, number of applications filled per day, networking events attended, etc.

And there you have it! Now that you’ve planned everything out, you’re ready to quit. Ideally, you’ll know what you want and have plenty of job offers by your quit date.

Bruce Hein is the franchise owner of the Sarnia office of Express Employment Professionals, located at 347 Christina St. North. Visit www.expresspros.com/sarniaon or call (519) 336-7962.

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