What Do I Do If It Is Time to Change Jobs?

Christina Edwards
Christina Edwards
A hostile work environment is often a good motivator for changing jobs.
A hostile work environment is often a good motivator for changing jobs.

When you realize that it is time to change jobs, you should first revamp your resume. You should also begin to look for a new job, if you don't already have one lined up. Most experts recommend notifying your current company that you will be leaving in person rather than sending a resignation letter. If you are on good terms with your present company, you should also consider asking for a letter of recommendation. Also, never cause a scene or speak ill of an employer, either before or after you leave a job, or while you are leaving.

There may be several reasons why you have decided it's time to change jobs. For example, you simply may not feel that you are being challenged enough, or no longer find the work rewarding. You may also find yourself in a hostile work environment.

Someone should update their resume when they feel that a job change is becoming necessary.
Someone should update their resume when they feel that a job change is becoming necessary.

The first thing that you should do when you realize it's time to change jobs is sit down and look over your resume. Make sure it is updated and includes current information, such as information about your previous employment and education. Be sure to include any career-related skills, accomplishments, and awards as well.

It is usually best to have a new job already lined up before you quit your current job. If you don't already have a new job offer when it's time to change jobs, you should start applying for new jobs. Help wanted ads can be found in the newspaper, online, and on job boards, among many other places. In the event that you are unable to find a new job before leaving your old one, you should make sure that you have enough money in a savings account to cover several months' worth of expenses.

It is important not to cause a scene when leaving a job.
It is important not to cause a scene when leaving a job.

Once you are absolutely certain it is time to change jobs, you should notify your supervisor. This should usually be done privately, such as in his office. During this meeting, you can also ask for a reference or a letter of recommendation. If you do not get along with your boss, you can also get a letter of recommendation from a co-worker or a different supervisor.

Individuals may seek employment opportunities through help-wanted ads.
Individuals may seek employment opportunities through help-wanted ads.

Sending a letter of resignation after you notify your employer that you will be leaving is also usually required in many companies. This letter should usually be short and to the point. Basically it should state that you are leaving, and when you are leaving. You should generally give at least two weeks notice before you leave any job.

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    • A hostile work environment is often a good motivator for changing jobs.
      A hostile work environment is often a good motivator for changing jobs.
    • Someone should update their resume when they feel that a job change is becoming necessary.
      Someone should update their resume when they feel that a job change is becoming necessary.
    • It is important not to cause a scene when leaving a job.
      It is important not to cause a scene when leaving a job.
    • Individuals may seek employment opportunities through help-wanted ads.
      Individuals may seek employment opportunities through help-wanted ads.