My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “To Stay or to Go.” In it, I discuss how to make the tough decision of staying or leaving your job.
Job seeking can be a long, difficult process. If you’re currently looking for a job, there’s a good chance it’s because something at your current job isn’t right. Whether it’s your boss, the pay, or the job itself, you just aren’t happy. And, you probably haven’t been happy for a while. Most people have to reach a certain breaking point before they are willing to volunteer to experience the discomfort of job searching.
One question I get from job seekers is whether or not to wait until they have a new job to resign from their current position – or whether to quit today. On one hand, traditional wisdom says that it’s easier to find a job when you have a job. On the other, if you leave now, you will have eight hours more each day to search. This feeling is especially relevant for those who want to move to a new city. In theory, it’s easier to visit another city when you’re not working.
This week, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Sam Sanders from the University of Phoenix for my podcast. He recently completed a survey on employment. He found that near half of working adults in the United States have equal or greater feelings of self-worth from their careers as they do from their personal lives. He also found that more than 60 percent of working adults would quit their job if their feelings of self-worth decreased, with the youngest and oldest workers being most likely to quit.
For help deciding if you should stay or go, read my entire Memphis Daily News column here.