Should you change jobs? Here’s how to decide

Are you starting to draft out a resignation letter and wanting desperately to change jobs? Are you already tweaking your resume for the next offer of employment? There’s probably something about your current job that’s grating on every nerve in existence, and you’re ready to burst through the front doors and scream the words, “I quit!” Once you were able to wake up at 7AM without a hitch, and now you’re dragging yourself around from Monday to Friday. #RIP.

We feel you. Really. But before you hit the panic button and jump out an open window, let’s think things through! We’ll take you through the following:

  • 3 reasons to take the nearest exit now and change jobs
  • 3 reasons to hold your horses and not change jobs
  • Plot your path and decide with our job framework

3 reasons to take the nearest exit now and change jobs

Leaving a job can be borne out of negative circumstances or simply changes you can’t help. Some of the most compelling reasons to leave a job include:

A new job offer is waiting

One of the easiest ways to decide if you should quit a job is if you have another one already confirmed and waiting for you. We know, we know – you want to leave right now. But self-control will pay off more than instant gratification. It will also mean that you won’t suffer a financial deficit after resigning. Money can’t buy you happiness, but money will prevent empty stomachs and pockets with holes.

Schedule changes and conflicts

If your life is going through a big change, such as acceptance into university or having to care for a family member who is very ill, then stepping back and admitting that your current job won’t accommodate for your new schedule is perfectly reasonable. Life is not static. It’s super fluid, and always changing. If your current job can’t provide enough space for you to move forward in life, then perhaps it’s best you bow out.

The environment is too difficult to work in

And lastly, if your work environment isn’t conducive and you’re going haywire, maybe leaving is the best option. But this is only a viable reason if you’ve put in your best effort to try and change your circumstances. Sure, we didn’t sign up for these jobs to have to become problem solvers, years down the line, but it’s better than never trying at all. Give it your best shot, and if it still falls through, then it’s time to say goodbye.

3 reasons to hold your horses and not change jobs

Before you hit CTRL + ALT + DEL, let’s take a step back and look at some good reasons why you shouldn’t change jobs just yet. 

Don’t change jobs yet if…

Your bank account is drying up

Money will always be a factor in our major decisions. Before you jump ship, get some money in the bank first! You’ll need at least 1-2 months’ savings as you take on grueling job hunts. The job market is competitive; it’s unlikely you’ll get hired two weeks after resignation. You’ll need to fall back on something and quit the next H&M sale/Carousell spree. If not, look forward to days filled with super cheap cai png until you sign your next contract.

What you suffer from is burn-out

Burn-out happens to energetic millennials and even seasoned baby boomers. If you’ve been itching to quit lately and showing up to work later than ever, consider booking a quick getaway. It’s good to recharge and reset, so whip out your notebook and plan out a short, relaxing itinerary somewhere nearby. Your burn-out and stress will evaporate once you put some distance between yourself and the office. It’s totally normal!

You’re simply miserable

Ugh! The staycation didn’t work. You’re still a reluctant office drone, and you feel your motivation dying more and more each day. It’s time to think deeply: is there something about your workplace that’s bothering you? Are you seeking change? It could be that your role has become too much of a routine. You might have lost your zest. List down what’s affecting your mood at work. Then take a step back and figure out what you can fix. Don’t give in to feelings and make emotionally-charged decisions; they’re frequent yet temporary. Grab some Kinder Bueno and your notebook before you call it quits.

Plot your path and decide with our job framework

Still with us? Great! It’s perfectly OK if you’ve finally decided that to change jobs is to save your soul. The next part is weighing your options and deciding between prospective employers.

It’s important to fully who your next employer is. You don’t want to make a hasty decision only to come back to square freaking one. We’ve come up with a framework for you to utilise as you search for a job. Click here to download the framework template now!

Consider a company carefully, in terms of:

👴🏼👶🏼 Maturity and size: Be prepared for young startups to give you lots to deal with. Energetic millennials reign here, so expect a fast and furious work life. Older, larger companies offer you more certainty and structure (and maybe larger pantries). There are many types of employers out there, so think carefully about how you might fit into different organisations!

🗣 Your future boss: Would you follow your boss if they decided to jump off a cliff? Do you want a leader who inspires you to be better or a leader that makes life harder than it has to be? Just look at Glassdoor to figure out if this company’s leadership is reliable and nurturing instead of neglectful. It will make a difference to your work experience.

👩🏼‍🏫 Values alignment: What’s at the heart of a company? Do they test products on animals and violate work ethics? Is this company putting its foot down on environmental protection, or is it on its way to tearing another hole in the ozone layer? How important are values to you, and how much are you willing to compromise?

📲 Work process: Be sure of your job roles and responsibilities. What kind of a worker are you? Do you like traditional, analogous workflows or are you a digital geek dying to blaze a trail into the next level of technology? Are you comfortable with the duties that you’ll be given? If it’s gonna bore you to death, then maybe you should keep looking.

👥 Culture: What’s the social landscape like? Culture can make or break a person. Is a company diverse and fair towards everyone regardless of skin colour, gender, age, and orientation? Can you occasionally hurl paper airplanes at your co-worker or play pranks without being yelled at for it? Or is this company full of dull Jacks and Janes? Figure out what will set you at ease.

📈 Growth opportunities: A job that offers opportunities to grow is a job worth taking up. Does your company believe in you, and will it help you to level up as you go along? Are you hungry for more opportunities to learn and move up the ladder? Bombard your interviewer with questions and uncover whether this company is in the business of nurturing its people or leave them stagnant.

🏙 Location: If a prospective job takes you an hour to get to and you find yourself switching MRT lines more times than you can bear, you might wanna think twice. Transport costs might tear a hole in your savings, even if you’re totally unbothered by the thought of waking up at 6.30AM everyday (which is terrifying).

💵 Compensation: Some companies offer really big bucks, while others only have a modest compensation package. It’s up to you to decide and negotiate after figuring out your lifestyle needs and the size of your wallet. With this company, do you foresee yourself with a full belly or dying of starvation? And do you really need that gym membership?

To effectively use this framework, we’ve created a Google Sheet for you as a downloadable template. It helps to be detailed and thorough, and this table will go a long way in helping you make your next career decision.

Click here to download the template now and get to plotting!

People change jobs all the time. But they’re not lighthearted decisions. It’s not like telling the ice cream uncle what flavour you want. Career decisions affect you dramatically – and whether it’s for better or for worse is entirely up to you. Think things through and use the framework as best as you can. Don’t let fleeting emotions trick you into making impulsive decisions.

Sophia Lee

I used to freelance exclusively for Glints - now I'm a content marketing intern working furiously in the backdrop. Talk to me about writing any time! (Or we could have a serious discussion about video games and e-sports... that's cool too.) Find me on Instagram (@pxtrx)!

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