5 Things You Need to Do Before You Quit Your Job

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Your boss despises you, your assignments are piling up, and an evil co-worker is out to get you. At this point you’re ready to take a long lunch and never come back. Unless your job is making you physically ill, it’s rarely a good idea to leave without a plan. Careful planning can help ensure that you have some sort of financial safety net. Think things through before submitting your letter of resignation. Here are tips for tying up loose ends before you leave.

1. Review your employment agreement

Make sure you are not violating any non-compete agreements that you may have signed when you were first hired. For example, some employers ask employees not to work for a competitor for a specific amount of time (usually about six months) after they resign. The last thing you want to do is create a whole new problem when you are trying to start fresh. You’ll want to go over any agreements before you start your job search, as this may affect which jobs you are able to accept.

2. Get another job

This one might seem obvious, but when emotions take over, it’s easy to lose your good sense. Your best bet is to have another source of income before you jump ship. However, if you are in such distress that you’re experiencing negative physical or mental symptoms, you’ll have to depart as soon as possible. Remaining at a job that is making you ill will only worsen the problem. However, if this not the case, take time to secure employment so that you don’t have to blow through your emergency savings in order stay afloat.

3. Locate and remove personal files

Your employer’s computer should not serve as back-up storage for your personal files. However, if you have saved photos or other personal documents on your work computer, remove them as soon as possible (like right after you finish reading this article). Once you resign, you don’t want to be haunted by the fact that you left embarrassing vacation photos on your desktop.

4. Schedule important medical appointments

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Once you start your new job you may not have medical coverage for a few weeks or months. Most insurance companies have a waiting period during which you will not be covered by the plan. If you know you have important appointments coming up, try to get them out of the way while you’re still eligible for your current employer’s plan.

5. Think about how (or if) you can make the situation more tolerable

It’s common to have second thoughts about your decision to leave. In some cases, your hesitance could be an indication that the situation can be resolved with some minor changes. Perhaps you’ve been clashing with a co-worker and despite your efforts, nothing has been resolved. Sometimes the solution could be as simple as getting transferred to another department. See if this is a viable option. Or maybe the issue is that your job has become monotonous. The answer could be that you need to have a chat with your boss about taking on more challenging assignments. Take stock of why you want to leave. If everything else is going well, but it’s just a minor annoyance making you restless, you may want to stay and see if you can work things out.

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