We’ve all wanted to quit our jobs at one time or the other.
There are a myriad of reasons why you would want to resign (a bad boss being number one) but leaving work is something to be taken seriously. Assuming you’re serious here’re some things that will do you good to remember:
Avoid leaving during the last quarter of the year
Traditionally, the 4th quarter is an extremely busy time and companies tend to put off hiring (unless it’s a critical vacancy) until the next year so there will be fewer options for you out there. Depending on your industry, the best time to look for work is during the 1st and 2nd quarter of the year.
If at all possible, don’t resign until you’ve signed up with a new employer
There are exceptions to the rule of course but it’s only common sense not to jump ship until you got a new one that’s ready to take you in, so to speak. The world is not going to stop spinning and wait while you go running around giving out your resumes, looking for a new job.
If you really need to leave immediately, make sure you’ve saved up
People vary in opinion on this but six months of your salary in the bank should be a good number in the event that you need to resign ASAP without the benefit of a new employer. If you’re in the mid to senior managerial level however, I’d ramp that number to 12 months or more.
And last, but certainly not the least, never burn bridges
While there are some good reasons (e.g., verbally abusive managers, unethical practices by the company, etc.), burning bridges are generally not encouraged. Remember: new employers take into consideration your relationship with your former workplace so it’s good to maintain positive ties.
Best of luck to you and remember: look before you leap!