Tips for Quitting Your Job Gracefully

Today, finding your dream job and being happy with it is like finding a soul-mate you can spend the rest of your life with. There was a time when people hesitated from changing their jobs too often. But, now these decisions seem to be made in the blink of an eye. There are many reasons why you may be planning to quit your job. May be you don’t get along with your colleagues, you are burnt out by the job pressure, you have decided to re-locate or your boss may be simply making your work life miserable. But, then resigning from your job always gets tricky. You don’t want to annoy your present employer because if your prospective employers were to ever make a background check on you, which they will, your previous employer’s unhappiness towards your behavior while resigning from the job could pretty much send your resume flying into the rejection pile of your new interviewer. And I never support the idea of leaving your company without serving the obligatory notice period or even without giving a prior notification of your intentions to quit your job. If you do that, you will be classified as an absconding employee. Not such a great reputation for your career growth in future.

How to Resign Gracefully from a Job

– The first person at your workplace who should know that you are resigning from your job is THE BOSS! Yes, I typed that in capitals to emphasize. Most of us often make the mistake of not informing the boss FIRST. Do not tell any of your colleagues that you are quitting before you tell your boss, even your closest friend at work. People gossip and your boss hears it all from the office grapevine. It will be very ugly and uncomfortable for you if your boss asks you about it even before you tell him/her on your own. If you don’t leave a great impression, he/she will end up being annoyed. Do not even ask about the things angry bosses can do.
– The worst part about the process of resigning from your job is announcing to your boss about your decision. It will come as a shock to him/her and you need to make it as smooth as you can on both of you. Politely explain why you have decided to quit the job with a believable reason. Don’t end up being aggressive no matter what your grievances may be. Adopt a policy of keeping mum about them now that you have decided to quit.
– Present a formal letter of resignation to your boss. Request their acceptance. It is good to have a legal document as a record for future’s sake. Keep your resignation formal and to the point. You can do the explaining verbally. Do not forget to express your gratitude towards the company and your boss.
– Your last month on the job, how are you expected to behave? It gets a little awkward to serve the last month of your tenure in the company. The entire management is informed that you have planned to leave. People will ask you several questions. Answer them patiently. Be affable. You certainly don’t want to be the new subject of their tea-time gossip.
– Since you are leaving now, friends can turn foes. Well, it is a rare case but someone who has hated you all along but been nice to your face, may just jump with their claws on you now. The tension may just worsen at the end. Never ever be bad even when you are leaving. It is just a matter of few days before you will be gone. But, mostly your colleagues will be nice to you during the end of your term.
– Fulfill the formalities of an exit interview. Most companies have a procedure for processing the resignation of an employee. When you leave, they will formally ask you about the reasons for your resignation. Don’t start with a list of complaints towards your bosses, colleagues and the company’s management. No one takes it that well. Don’t use an exit interview as an opportunity to vent your anger and job frustrations.
– Meet your targets even for the last month of your tenure. Just because you have decided to quit your job, doesn’t mean you can do whatsoever you like. Complete all your work commitments before leaving the job. Doing so, you will also earn the appreciation of your seniors and bosses and they will be more co-operative with you. You will also set an example for other employees in the office.
– If you are amidst a project, I’d recommend you to wait for it to get over before you announce your resignation. However, if it is absolutely necessary for you to leave your job now, make a blueprint of the project, compile all the work done so far, make a list of the future goals along with all your tasks and responsibilities, so that the company is not left to start work from scratch.
– Making an employee referral for filling up your job position will save up recruitment costs for your company. Also, they will thank you for your assistance and co-operation to prevent any inconvenience to the company because of the job vacancy.
– If your employer tries to retain you by offering an improvised salary package or a job promotion, you can decide to stay if the paycheck was a problem and you are interested in the offer. It’s not odd if you decide to stay after previously making a decision to leave the company. But, if you don’t want to stay back still, politely refuse the offer.

If you quit your job gracefully, you will always leave a possibility for yourself to be able to return to the company in future in case a great position opens up. Companies often hire ex-employees to fill up better job positions, it greatly reduces the training costs for them. But, you need to leave scope for that in future when you quit your job now. And, think about it. You are most likely going to take up a job in the same industry. So, you do not know what contacts your bosses may have in their networks. Don’t forget to submit any property given to you by the company as a serving employee. If things go well when you quit your job, you could probably ask for a reference too. Even when the circumstances under which you submit your resignation may have been difficult, always resign gracefully.

Reasons for Leaving Current Job

Earlier, when people completed their education, they took up jobs in companies, and most retired from the same company. They joined at a particular designation and gradually climbed the hierarchy ladder over a number of years. Today’s trend, however, is drastically different. We look for job openings every two or three years. This is also accepted by the corporates nowadays. With this corporate mentality and with the growing restlessness of the younger generation, you will find at least one acceptable reason for leaving your current job, like career planning, development, growth, etc. All of us, more or less, have the same reasons, but they might differ according to priorities.

Better Salary
All of us work to earn money, and we look for the highest paying jobs all the time. This is the first and very genuine reason to leave a current job. If you are offered a chance of earning more money, it is natural that you will accept it.

Career Growth
Career growth is also one of the most important reasons for quitting a job. Each one of us needs better career opportunities to grow in our careers. If you get one, then it makes perfect sense to take it and grow in your chosen career. Career growth is important, and if your current job doesn’t offer it to you, you would naturally look for a change.

Relocation
If you need to relocate closer to your hometown due to some family issues, it makes sense to change your job. You cannot be torn between your family and your job, and so you relocate closer to home. This is a very valid reason for changing a job, as long as you can find something decent around where you live.

Conflicts
If you have continuous conflicts with your manager, and the situation does not seem to improve whatever you do or whoever tries to sort it out, it is necessary that you change your job. Conflicts will make you frustrated, which you invariably vent out on your juniors or at home. This can create unnecessary complications with others as well. So, if your boss really bothers you, this is a good reason to start a job search immediately.

Career Change
If you are not happy with whatever you are doing, or you want to give a different career a shot, then you should chase your dream. You might want to look for a change also because of the high amount of stress in your current job. Nobody will question your decision, since everyone has the right to job satisfaction.

Higher Education
Many of us take up jobs before getting a decent college degree. We work hard and it gets noticed, so we get promoted. After a few years, when we look back, there is a sudden urge to complete our education. Higher education will always help you grow in your life, and is also important from a career point of view. Also, your employer may be proud of you when you quote this reason for leaving a previous employment.

Traveling Time
With the huge number of vehicles on the road and the huge distances to travel, you might consider taking up a job closer to home. Traveling long distances can impact your career development, as you get tired due to the commute, and hence cannot give your best. This is a reasonable and sensible reason for leaving your current job, and your employers shouldn’t have a problem with it.

Children
As far as ladies are concerned, those expecting a child would obviously give family first preference. And most women would want to take care of their newborn for a few years at least, before they get back into the corporate world once again. Unless, you get the desired amount of leave and can join back later, nothing like it!

While changing your job, see that your designation and salary is at least at par, if not higher, than your current job. A reason for change can be anything, so when you interview for a new job, just be truthful about it, because everyone has the right to job satisfaction and better career opportunities.

Things to Consider Before Changing Your Job

It is a dream of every individual to have a high-flying career with a lucrative job and a towering position in an esteemed global organization. Every person is on the lookout for a better opportunity even if he is working with a good company that gives a considerably good pay package. When a prospective employer lures you with an attractive salary package and added perks with a higher position, you are tempted to take the leap. In this situation you may get confused whether you should accept the offer or continue with the current company. Mostly you will end up going with the new enticing offer. But wait! Have you really given it a serious thought? Have you found out what exists beneath the glossy surface of the new offer letter? Have you done SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of both the companies before switching your job?

You should do some research about the new company before changing jobs or else switching to a new job can turn out to be a mistake. This is exactly what happened with Sean. He was working with an MNC at a junior position for almost 2 years. He was about to get a raise and promotion in a matter of few months. Another organization offered him double the wages and benefits. Blinded by the prospects, he switched his job without finding out more about the company. In the new organization, he had to work at uncomfortable timings to meet the unrealistic targets with stringent deadlines. He later found out that the perks were directly related to the performance of achieving targets. He no longer had a work-life balance. He compared his companies and found that he had a comfortable job with a decent salary at the earlier organization and badly regretted changing the job. He could no longer take the work pressure and had to take up a low-paying job in another organization. If you don’t want to end up in a situation like Sean, you will have to take calculated risks.

Evaluate Your Prospects
Confusion regarding changing a job or continuing with the old one is common. Well, this can be a situation with most of us especially when we are planning to change the job for first time in life. In these circumstances, it becomes essential to compare every aspect of the new and the current job. Here are few questions you should consider before you decide in the favor of or against a new job opportunity.
Can you trust the new company for achieving your long-term career goals?
Your first move should be to gather as much information as possible about the new company. Try to find out if the new company will help you in growing financially and technically. Inquire with other employees of the company about the business, expansion plans and market standing of the company. You may also search the Internet for the news, balance sheets, market value and third-party assessment of the organization on different forums. It is essential that the company you are switching to is a growing organization. The organization should also have a deep regard and respect for its human assets. You can also check their website for “Best Practices” or “Best Employer” awards. Try to find out if there is no immediate merger or acquisition from another company planned for your new organization. If there is, then your new job can be at stake in future. In such a situation, it is always better not to switch to a new job.
Does the company have a healthy and conducive work environment?
When you go for an interview just observe the culture of the organization. Contemplate if you will fit in. Check how the hierarchy works. Calculate how your qualification and experience fits in for the job profile. Understand the scope of growth you will have in terms of experience. Assess if the required job is going to be challenging enough for you. If possible, inquire with your friends why the person you are replacing left the job in the first place. This will give you a fair idea about the exact working conditions in that organization. If it has anything to do with the work pressure or the person in-charge, switching your job might land you in a similar situation. Also, check for the terms of employment and if there is any legal bond involved which will not allow you to quit the job even if you want to. Keep an open eye for job protections like Unions and whether they will come to your rescue (new employee) in case of a problem.
What are you going to add to your experience?
A person who works is continuously looking forward to acquiring new knowledge and shouldering bigger responsibilities. If you are really going to learn something good after getting into a new company that you cannot learn while you are in your current company, then you surely should go ahead with the new job! If you are getting learning opportunities in the current company, you need not change the job as it will help you progress in your career.
What is the salary hike and what will be your duties?
Check out what salary package they are offering you and out of which, how much money you will be getting in hand (after the deduction of certain taxes from the salary). Sometimes the figures of salary package are bloated to give a wrong impression. You also need to think if your current salary is better than the one you have been offered. If there is a negative difference (i.e., if your current salary is better than the one offered to you), then you should give a serious thought before making a shift to a new company. Even if the salary is more, you should understand the expectations from the new organization in terms of work thoroughly before signing on the dotted lines.
Will you be eligible for any future increment in salary? When is it scheduled?
Even if your current salary is less than what you are going to get in the new company, just check if a salary increment is going to take place in the near future from the current employer. If yes, then how soon will you get it? Along with this, you also need to check out, how long it will take for the salary to increase in your new company? This will really help you in making sure that after a certain period in future, you will get a proper salary. If your current company is about to give you a salary hike which would be comparable with the salary offered by the new company and promises that you will eventually get more, then it is better to not take up the new opportunity. (But do make sure that you get the salary hike and other perks on time!)
What are the benefits and perks offered by the new company?
It is important that you take up a job with an organization who is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Benefits like training from reputed institutions, bonus pay, travel plans, health and medical plans, retirement plans and insurance should be offered by the new organization. The new organization should also be fair in giving rewards and awards for performance-driven initiatives.
What are your future prospects with the new company?
Try to figure out if you will get a good opportunity in future (in terms of projects to work on) after you work on the initial project in the new company. Compare it with the future prospects that you have in current company and choose the best one.
Will you achieve a good progression in your career?
Every person wants an upward-growing career graph. At an entry-level position, you may like to learn from scratch, but assuming you already have some experience it will be going back to basics and proving your mettle all over again in the new company. Just calculate your total experience in the current organization and find what role you will get in the new company. If the work you will get is going to be of higher level than your current work, then you can surely go ahead with the new job.
Will you be able to maintain a sound work-life balance in the new job?
Like your career, your personal life is equally important. Understand if the new job will not claim the quality time which you like to spend with your family, friends
and for pursuing leisure activities like traveling, reading, sports, etc. Your new job should enable you to multitask your responsibilities in your professional as well as personal life. Check how many leaves you are entitled for, in your new job. In case of women employees, what is the maternity leave structure? Find out if you could work extra as a compensation, whenever you have to leave your office early (in an emergency).
Job Change Checklist

– Understand the job requirement and your role in the new company.
– Calculate the in-hand salary which you will get per month.
– Check for your position in the organizational hierarchy.
– Understand your growth prospects both in terms of salary and position.
– Understand their recognition and reward scheme.
– Do your homework about the new company and new department.
– Understand the work-culture of the organization and contemplate if you fit in well.
– Check out the Employee Policy of the organization.
– Check out the Health and Safety Policy of the organization.
– Check how much cost and time you will spend in commuting.
– Check for special amenities like health club memberships, medical assistance, etc.

Just a piece of advice before signing off – too much of job hopping on your resume will not create a good impression on the prospective employers. Hence, calculate the pros and cons before taking the decision and you will end up with a better employer. If you are confident that you can do better in the new company, just go ahead!

How to Choose a New Career in Your 30s

Choosing a new career in your 30s can be an exciting proposition for people who are passionate about turning their hobby into a career. A decade ago, many traditionalists would have scoffed at someone who thought of changing his career midway, but today, many new avenues have opened up and many people are taking a shot at a second career. There can be a number of reasons why you are contemplating making a career change, but whatever the reason may be, you need to ensure that you have a plan of action in place. There is a certain amount of risk involved, as in most cases, it is not only a single individual but, an entire family that is impacted by this change. So, it is important that you consider important things before changing your job.

Reasons for Making a Career Change

– Many people feel that they have devoted a lot of time and energy to pursue their dreams and now, as they have to support their families, they should try to look for a better paying job, even if it means getting into something which is not as per their aspirations.
– There are a lot of people who want to work for themselves. These entrepreneurial individuals want to put the effort and hard work in their own enterprise, so that they get the maximum reward for their work.
– Many working professionals pursue higher courses in order to boost their resume. This opens new avenues for them, and allows them to find a better paying job.

Choosing a New Career

– Thoroughly research all the opportunities that the new career has to offer. You need to be informed about the future prospects of a particular industry and the qualifications and skills needed to succeed in this field. It is very important that you get all this information before you quit your current job.
– Pen down your expectations and your aspirations so that you clearly know what the new job should ideally offer you. You have to ask yourself why you are making a hop. Is it job-satisfaction, extra-money or better working hours? Once, you have a clear picture in mind, you can then narrow down your search to industries catering to your needs.
– If you are unable to make a complete assessment of your skills, you can take the help of professional career coaches who can help you in planning a new career. There are numerous books on this subject and you can take their help as well. You should be confident on your abilities and aware about any weaknesses so that you can get the right job for yourself.
– While starting a new career, it is important that you are open to working at new places, as it can be the case that the city you are living in, doesn’t offer the desired opportunities.

These were some things to consider before changing your job. Selecting a new career takes a lot of determination and you should be confident that your new career will help you achieve greater heights. We would like to end this article by remembering Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

7 Mistakes People Make When Changing Careers

We pursue certain things for either of the two reasons: (i) because we stumble upon them by accident and develop a liking by chance; or (ii) because we aspire them and work towards attaining them. Choosing and building a line of career is largely based on these two reasons. A career is a cumulative effect of serious choices we make to reach a decided professional milestone. For some people, a career becomes an eventuality of their academic efforts, while for others, it turns out to be an interest they may have picked up. Whatever may be the reason, all these decisions about career goals are subject to change.
A change of career has many supporting reasons. For instance, it is a point of professional burnout for some, a dream to be an employer and not just an employee, a chance to develop different skills, and many more such reasons. However, your rash decision to switch careers and start afresh can prove to be terribly wrong, if not taken wisely. This leap of faith can end up being both, a financial and professional loss. Let’s take a look at some of the mistakes people make when changing careers so that you can use them as a reference while shifting careers.
Biggest Career-change Mistakes

Not Saving Enough
High-paying jobs give us the luxury of several credit cards and access to things we did not have before. Amidst all this, we conveniently forget saving for the rainy day. While career changers are in a transition, having a poor bank balance makes them choose between survival and career growth. Such a challenge can deviate the focus from new projects and create unwanted hurdles.

Forgetting Core Competencies
A lot of people consider career change to be shifting their style of working entirely. Although this can be true, it is also important to remember that your core competency is what got you so far. Sadly, most career changers let go of their previous career strengths and achievements and jump into a completely unknown territory with very little clue of what to do. This makes them feel like fish out of water, and with little knowledge, the new path seems troublesome to begin with.

When the Time is Right
We always give ourselves assurances about starting a project on a Monday or on the first day of a particular month. But these promises seldom come true, because there is no such perfect time to start something. The moment is now! Any time later would only mean delaying what you could have done with your time at this very moment. The sooner you get to work, the faster you will reap the benefits of your hard work.

Too Many Ideas
They say, too many cooks spoil the broth. The same holds true for working with multiple ideas at the same time. Though you may have a creative mind on an imaginative spree, nail one idea which you intend to take forward commercially. The more the number of ideas, greater are the complications of making them work in reality.

Lack of Planning
Making a career switch takes some serious planning. For instance, switching fields of work might require you to get new certifications, a substantial experience, or a validating degree. Taking a leap of faith in such a case would prove to be reckless. Planning plays an important role while changing careers. To build a career, it takes several years of dedication and hard work. Giving it up for a moment of unplanned whimsy may not work in your favor.

Great Expectations
The other big mistake made by career changers is expecting too much from a shift. What they forget is that no dream can be realized overnight. It takes years of efforts and perseverance to accomplish your goals. With great expectations, losing heart is very easy, but keeping the flame of motivation burning with just the slightest ray of hope requires real effort.

Quitting Easily
The last and final biggest mistake most people make while changing careers is giving up too quickly. Making a successful career change requires serious commitment. It is a result of overlooking disappointments and getting up every time you have been let down. Most people give up on their career moves because it becomes a difficult path to tread. However, nothing great comes without making the greatest of efforts.
Scores of professionals find themselves stuck in a place that is intellectually suffocating them. Although most of them want to move out, seldom do they make an effort to get out and grab the dream they’ve always harbored. Shifting careers is about realizing your true potential and calling in life. No matter how often you may have seen this dream, it is true that none of it materializes without undying efforts.

Career Change At 40

Have you been finding your work quite dull and boring lately? Are you contemplating a career change? If yes, then here are a few aspects that you should consider, when thinking about a career change at 40.

Choosing a new career can be exciting but making a change at the age of 40 can be a lot more daunting than when you are young. There can be several reasons for this. Either the current job limits your personal and professional growth and development or you want to pursue your dream job. Whatever be the reason, you need to be very clear about your decision and thoroughly investigate the pros and cons (both professional and personal) before making a transition.

Making a Midlife Career Change
A midlife career change can be quite challenging especially after one has spent several years in a particular industry and have already achieved some success, both professionally and financially. So it is very important that you truly identify the reason behind contemplating a change. Many a time, more than our careers, it is the monotony of our daily life which can give rise to such thoughts.
So I would suggest that before going in for a career change, give yourself enough time. Think long and hard before taking such a decision. For a few days, try to break the monotony in your life, by pursuing a hobby. Spend a little time away from your family and reconnect with yourself. Socialize with your friends and have fun with them.

If after making all these changes, you still feel that you want a career change, then go for it. However, before switching to a new career at this age, ponder upon questions like, ‘Why you are looking for a change?’, ‘Are you not satisfied with your present job?’, ‘Are you missing out on the learning experience and concentrating only on the financial aspect?’ Also, try to assess yourself based on your skills and credentials, acquire any new skills or professional certificates if necessary and choose a career that you would enjoy. Consider your financial status as well, before taking the big leap.

How to Plan a Midlife Career Change
Here’s a list of all the things that a person should take care of, when going in for a midlife career change.
Financial Stability
Most of the people in their forties are married and have children. So one of the things to consider when planning a career change is that one should be financially stable and have enough money, to support them through this period and make the transition smooth. If you have taken any kind of loan such as a house loan or a personal loan, make sure that you have sufficient fund in your bank account to pay for its installments for at least a year.

As a new job can be low-paying, especially in the beginning, you need to plan well in advance so that you can sustain yourself and your family. So arrange for sufficient finances before thinking about a change in your career.

Choose Your Career Carefully
While choosing your new career, it is very important that you understand your skills and qualities. It is also imperative that you know what you lack in your current job, that you are looking for a career change. Find as much information about all the new fields that you are considering to enter and see the kind of jobs they offer that match your expectations. If possible, talk to the professionals that are already in that field for a long time.

Find job options that match your skills, interests and values. Do some research and find out the pay range for the type of job you are seeking, the working hours, what will be required of you in the job, etc.

Upgrade Your Skills
Once you have zeroed in on a particular career and are sure of the kind of job that you want, start working on yourself. If the career that you have chosen, requires a specific skill, take necessary steps to acquire those skills. Attend classes or workshops, or obtain professional certifications to develop the appropriate skills required for the job. Make sure that you are well-equipped by the time you go for an interview for that particular job.

A person needs to possess a strong will, patience and perseverance for a successful career change at the age of 40. Choosing a completely different career in midlife can be quite difficult, as it is like starting all over again. There is a possibility that you may have to start at an entry-level position and thus, have to work with people half your age. So being strong, keeping yourself focused on the new goal that you have set for yourself, consistency and hard work, are some of the things that you will be required to deal with, for a successful and smooth transition.