How to quit your job: 10 questions for a career consultant

In what situations do you need to think about changing jobs? What are the advantages for those who are looking for a new place in the summer? How to inform the boss and colleagues about the dismissal? What payments can I claim? We asked these and other questions to career counselor Anna Chukseeva.

In general, you need to think about it regularly. Or at least once every six months: before the holidays and the New Year. It is useful to conduct an internal audit and ask yourself: Does work suit me or not, whether I am happy or not, whether I want to come to the office tomorrow or not. Often people go with the flow.

And the more problems there are at work, the more difficult it is to understand that something is wrong in the professional life (the psyche is trying to fence itself off). A conscious approach helps to notice these problems in time.

Of course, external factors can influence the decision: the boss yells at you, you haven’t been paid a salary for three months already. But everyone treats this differently, someone is quite happy with such situations. But with an internal feeling of satisfaction from work will have to reckon in any case.

None. This is not necessary. Even if your boss screams and does not give out a salary. Often, employees quit without finding a new job, on emotions: I’ll write a statement and it’s the end. And then you can sit idle for a long time and even fall into despair and depression.

The correct option is to look for a new job without quitting the old one. In addition, this way you will have more time to realize: do you really want to leave or the decision was thoughtless.

How to quit your job: 10 questions for a career consultant

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Every second employee searches for a new place without leaving the old one. This is normal.

Other things are inappropriate: to go for interviews and speak negatively about the employer, to set colleagues against bosses, send resumes from the office and negotiate during working hours. Given this, you can avoid unpleasant situations, not to offend the boss and colleagues.

Some go for interviews out of sports interest to learn more about the market, salary levels, and check how much they are in demand as specialists. But as practice shows, such people are potentially ready to consider proposals, even if they deny it. Knowingly or not, they have already decided to change jobs.

The main thing is not to be afraid to enter into dialogue. It is better if you inform your boss about your doubts before making a final decision. Talk with the leader, explain what does not suit you. Often people do not want to communicate, they fear immediate dismissal no longer on their initiative. But you need to understand that about a third of the issues that may be associated with a desire to change jobs can be resolved through negotiations.

And by the way, the probability of getting an increase in wages and career advancement is much higher in the old place, and not in the new one.

After meeting with the boss, the situation can develop in different ways. Perhaps you will be able to agree, you will work in the company for several more years, and this will suit you.

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It happens that an employee agrees with the boss about dismissal in three months: during this time he brings the projects to the end, transfers the affairs to a new person, seeks work .

But some people, even with such a delicate approach by the employer, become toxic towards their colleagues: they talk about the fact that the current job is unpromising, they convince colleagues that it’s time to change the office too. This is not necessary. This approach can negatively affect your reputation, relations with the leader and colleagues.

It’s better to report leaving after the final decision has been made, and only to those who need to transfer the case. It is not necessary to tell everyone, since the departure of any of the employees is associated with increasing anxiety of the rest: there are omissions, speculation, someone will necessarily come up with their own version of your dismissal.

This is bad for the atmosphere in the team. If the leadership came to meet you, go to meet you too.

All of them are registered in

The Labor Code of the Russian Federation

(among them, for example, compensation for unused vacation). If there are contentious issues, you can consult with a lawyer in advance and discuss the amount of payments with the employer.

Keep in mind: upon dismissal there may be payments outside the scope of labor law, often monetary compensation directly depends on your ability to negotiate.

Therefore, it is important to work for your reputation. I know examples when people received five or six salaries (although they occupied managerial positions).

Try to agree on some bonuses: for example, sometimes companies allow employees to redeem corporate transport upon dismissal - by installments, at a residual value. You can agree on the preservation of insurance, anyway, it has already been paid by the company, as well as a corporate phone number.

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The market is narrow. And the higher your position, the stronger it is felt. Therefore, when leaving, it is better not to spoil relations with the boss and colleagues - it is highly likely that you will still meet. Your colleagues will also change jobs, it is not known who will get into which companies, maybe someone will get ahead of you on the career ladder and you will be subordinate to your former colleague. Even if not, it is sometimes convenient to get the personnel department mail through old acquaintances and discuss vacancies.

Networking (communications) is a good job search tool.

And also your new employer can request recommendations not only from the personnel department and bosses, but also from your colleagues. What will they tell about you?

It is believed it’s better to look for work in March-April, as well as in the second half of September and October. This is due to market cycles: active work begins at this time, everyone wants to have time to complete projects before long holidays and vacations, and they are recruiting new employees.

But you should not strictly follow the classic recommendations.

At other times, companies also live. I think the best option is to look for work in the summer. Many on vacation, someone too lazy to do business matters - try to swim against the tide. At low competition you can shoot well.

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You can postpone your dismissal for personal reasons - for example, if you do not have an economic pillow (a cash reserve for the first time after leaving). Consciously think over the decision and weigh whether it was made on emotions. Urgently looking for a job for the reason that you needed money is not the best option.

There is no reason to leave before long holidays - New Year's or May. You can lose money if you do not have time to get to a new place before the holidays.

You need to arrange a meeting and understand that the leader is not happy with your work. If care cannot be avoided, your task is to gain time for the transfer of affairs and the search for a new job.

By the way, there are categories of protected employees, they cannot be fired (among them are pregnant and are on maternity leave). In general, it’s difficult for anyone to lose their job, this is a long procedure, they must warn employees in advance, provide options for resolving the issue, and pay several salaries. Therefore, the option of leaving by agreement of the parties is popular in Russia.

In this situation, you can discuss the conditions of dismissal and the amount of compensation with the employer.



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