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Look before you Jump!

Is it good to quit your current job before landing the next role? Or should you secure a new job before leaving?

These are legitimate concerns, because quitting before landing a new job is difficult for these common reasons:
#1. The search gets more difficult if you're unemployed
The time spent on your job search is indefinite, and sometimes global political and economic conditions can impact the prospects of your job search drastically within a short period of time.

Being able to stay optimistic while searching for a new job also depends on your financial commitments and savings.
2. You'll find yourself having to do some explaining
The truth is, many employers see a red flag when they notice you’ve left your previous job. They’ll wonder why you weren’t able to stick it out until the end, and they’ll worry you’ll do the same with their company.

If you’re still employed, some default reasons for leaving could be a search for career advancement opportunities.

But if you have resigned or have been unemployed for a while before your next interview, you’ll have to give legitimate reasons while still sounding like a valuable, committed candidate for the role.
3. You may end up taking a pay drop
Quite unfortunately, some employers may take the opportunity to negotiate a lower starting salary.

Despite having a clear idea of the market rate for your role, prospective employers may try to only match your last drawn salary, or even offer a lower salary, if you have been unemployed for a while.

Employers may see this as accounting for the small gamble they are taking with regards to the true reasons for your leaving your last job. But for the jobseeker, having to go without salary for a while and still take a pay drop – is it worth it?

So should I just stay in a job I absolutely hate?

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to job hunt on stealth mode these days. For most people, by the time they get off work they are drained of any energy to search for that ideal opportunity. If you’re in a niche industry, signs of your leaving also gets around really quick.

If it’s taking a toll on your health and psychology

We’ve got to say this: there’s absolutely no point sticking around if your job poses a real threat to your health, safety or psychology. If you’re putting in insane hours per week, getting harrassed or emotionally abused in any job, take the break.

Nothing is worth more than your health and safety. Take some time off, then afresh in a new environment with newfound optimism.

Don’t let negative feelings get in your way

Some people get so disgruntled with their current jobs that all they say to recruiters or hiring managers are how bad their existing working conditions are. Negative feelings will bring you nowhere in the search for your next opportunity.

If you’re so burnt out that you can’t psyche yourself up with the positivity that your potential employers are looking for, maybe it is time to call it quits.

Build your network

Whether you’ve resigned or not, this is definitely a great way to refresh your outlook and to open your eyes to the vast range of opportunities out there.

It could be getting back in touch with old acquaintances or meeting new people, the idea is to keep yourself relevant to your industry and the roles you have your eyes on, and to build your confidence and esteem.

The Brand New You

One of the most difficult tasks in finding a new job is that our identities are so inseparable from the work that we perform each day.

Spend some time to rethink about who you are, be clear of your strengths and values, and bring this identity into your search and into the new role!