began to notice a pattern related to her bouts of anxiety.
Every Sunday evening, while reviewing her work schedule for
Monday, she would feel frustrated, and had difficulty concentrating
on the simplest task. These symptoms also appeared during
the week, both on and off the job. She just thought it was
stress, but it was when she started loosing 2-4 hours sleep
each night that she decided something was seriously wrong.
with unnecessary pressure from her boss and co-workers, she
felt awful when they were together. Susan decided after multiple
run-ins with resistance and feeling a lack of satisfaction
on the job that it was time for her to make a change. She
felt it was time to pursue her idea of starting a home gourmet
are ten things she considered before she chose to quit her
Take the time to journey inward and evaluate your likes and
dislikes, hobbies, types of environments you enjoy and personalities
you work well with and try to link these up with careers that
match. Easier said than done, right? Formal evaluations, such
as Holland’s Self-Directed Search or the Campbell Interest
and Skill Survey are great tools, but beware. You may discover
something surprising. Carefully consider the results. If you’ve
never picked up a musical instrument and your results show
a high aptitude for musical ability don’t make that
appointment with Sony Records just yet!
Take a look at why you want to leave your current
Factors such as stress, salary, status and respect are common
reasons why employees decide to take their talents elsewhere.
Decide why you want to jump ship and be true to yourself about
how to improve yourself. Workshops and self-help books are
great motivators for change. Don’t be embarrassed by
collecting books of this nature. The average adult owns 10-20
books from How to Quit Smoking to Dealing Effectively with
Figure out what you are driven by
What’s important to you now? Our priorities change constantly,
so whether it’s money, title, location, vacation time,
flexibility or the ability to work at home, six months from
now you may have other motives for living a happy work life.
By concentrating on the present, you’ll be able to accomplish
goals that may lead you to something even better.
Create a support system
Family, friends, former co-workers and acquaintances are assets
in your quest for a better situation. Treat them nicely. They
provide inspiration and comfort during the difficult times.
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Debra A. Bacon, M.Ed. is a freelance writer of various
topics including career development,education,technical writing,
nature and travel. She has writen for FabJob.com and will
soon begin her Personal Strategies consulting business. Contact
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