I’m Scared to Leave My Job: The Scary, Exciting Process
Leaving your job can be a scary process. You may be scared of the unknown, or you may be worried about what will happen once you leave. But, if you are unhappy with your current job, it is time to take the plunge and make a change! In this blog post, we will discuss some of the things you need to do before quitting your job, as well as some of the steps you can take to make the transition easier. Check out our other blogs such as, “Can I quit a job before finding a new one?“, the answer may surprise you!
Why do people get scared to leave a job?
Finding a new job sucks and when you quit a company it can be a scary thing. We spend so much time on our employment we forget what we have to lose. Here are some things you could be giving up:
-Your current salary and potential for raises
-Vacation days and other time off
-Health insurance (usually)
-A retirement plan
-Commuting costs and time
Sometimes being content feels safer because it’s familiar
We also get used to our daily routines, the people we work with, and the company culture, and feel a lot better when we’re in our comfort zones. It can be really scary to think about leaving all of that behind, but sometimes it’s necessary. Here are some signs that it might be time for you to leave the job you fear:
-You dread going to work every day
-You’re not being challenged or learning anything new
-Your workload is unmanageable for less money than you’re worth
-You don’t have a good work/life balance
-You’re constantly stressed out
-You’re not being appreciated or recognized for your hard work
-Your values don’t align with your company’s values
Fear can keep us from finding the positive aspects of change, but it’s important to remember that a new job could be exactly what we need. It might be scary at first, but it could also be the best decision we ever make.
If you can relate to any of these points, it might be time to start looking for a new job, even if you feel scared to leave your current employer, co-workers, and overall comfort zone, it’s better than if you feel stuck with a career that isn’t fulfilling work.
Don’t give in to fear: Fear can keep you stuck and make it harder to quit
The process of leaving your job can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to make the process a little less daunting and not give in to fear:
-Create a list of pros and cons to help you decide if leaving is the right decision for you
-Start by updating your resume and LinkedIn profile
-Reach out to everybody like family and employees you talk to and tell them you’re looking for a new job
-Check out job postings online and see if any of them match your skillset before you quit
-Prepare for interviews by researching the company and practicing your answers to common interview questions
If you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to finding a new job that’s better suited for your career change and can say goodbye to that bad job.
What are the benefits of staying in your current job
If you are not sure what losing your job entails, staying at your current job may be the best decision for you. There are many benefits of staying put:
-You have a guaranteed income coming in each month
-You have stability and know what to expect each day
-You can leave work at work and not bring your job stress home with you
-You have time to look for another job while still employed
-You can use your current job as a stepping stone to something better
The decision to leave your job is a scary one, but it doesn’t have to be. If you do your research and plan ahead, you can make the transition smoother and less stressful. So don’t be afraid to leap into other things even if you hate doing a career change, you never know what the future has to offer to those that seek it.
Some advice on identifying if it’s time to move on from your job: More money
A new job may offer more money but you can use that to negotiate may be a better position with better pay. Talk to human resources and see what your options are before you start looking for new work.
If you’ve been with your company for a while and are good at your job, your boss may not be aware that you’re looking for a change. Talk to him or her about your goals and see if there’s room for advancement within the company.
Don’t let fear keep you from speaking up!
You might be surprised at how helpful they can be. Most companies appreciate it when a person gives them a chance to listen to their concerns and try to improve the situation before leaving. Employers will usually hear you out because they want to figure out how to get you to stay.
When you’ve decided that it’s time to move on, don’t just quit. Give your employer two weeks’ notice so they have time to find a replacement. This is standard practice and it’s the professional thing to do.
Five reasons to take the plunge and own a business as a side hustle or find a new job!
Don’t let fear keep you from the job or life that you want. Here are five reasons why you should start your own business or find a new job:
-You’ll learn new things: When you’re constantly doing the same thing, day in and day out, you stop learning. You become complacent and set in your ways. When you make a change, whether it’s starting your own business or finding a new job, you’re forced to step out of your comfort zone and learn new things. And, learning new things is what keeps your brain young and sharp!
-You’ll meet new people: One of the best things about starting your own business or finding a new job is that you’ll meet new people. When you’re in the same job or career for a long time, you tend to get comfortable with the people you work with and stop socializing as much. When you make a change, you’re exposed to new people and new ideas, which can open your mind in ways you never thought possible.
-You’ll get a fresh perspective: It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day grind and forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. When you leave your job, whether it’s by choice or not, you’ll have a chance to step back and look at the big picture. This can be a great opportunity to reassess your goals and figure out what’s really important to you.
-You’ll have more positive energy: It’s human nature to resist change, but once you leap, you’ll be surprised at how good it feels. Leaving your job will give you a boost of confidence and a renewed sense of purpose. You’ll be able to approach your new situation with a positive attitude and an open mind.
-You’ll have the rest of your life to work: It’s easy to imagine a better career out there and forget that there’s more to life than work. When you leave your job, you’ll be reminded that there are other things out there worth your time and energy. You can use this opportunity to explore your hobbies and interests, and spend time with family but be careful what you sign up for!
Encourage others who might be feeling scared to leave their jobs to do the same
Do you know how many people worry that if they quit their career they will never have the chance to come back? They stay in their jobs for years, even decades longer than they want to out of fear of the same or less pay.
I get it. I do. I’ve been there myself. But what if I told you that quitting your job is one of the best things you can do and the moment you leave, you open up a world of possibilities.
Finding a new job can also be exciting. It can feel like a new beginning. You get to learn new things, meet new people, and have new experiences. When you start over you can be anyone you want to be.
Life is but an illusion
Joe Walsh wrote a song about how he felt like life sometimes feels like an illusion. I think this is what our education system should be teaching us. How to make the most of our lives and not just get by.
The day you graduate from college is one of the biggest days of your life. It’s a day full of possibilities. You can be anything you want to be. And nothing is stopping you from doing anything you want to do.
But the day you graduate from college is also a day that can be filled with fear and anxiety. What if you can’t find a job? What if you don’t like your new job? What if you’re not good enough?
These are all valid concerns. But they’re also concerns that keep you from experiencing your full potential.
Remember job security?
The security that comes with a job is an illusion. It’s not real. If your job disappeared tomorrow, could you survive? Would you be able to find another one quickly? I’m not saying that quitting your job is easy. It’s scary. But it is possible and it is an idea that you should be excited to happen!
Take the skills you learned throughout the jobs you’ve done and create a future! You could go to school or write a novel. There is no wrong way to live our lives except by waiting or talking about it.
Share with the world your talents and gifts!
Don’t let the fear of the unknown control you. You are in charge of your life and you have the skills to make anything happen! So go out there with those skills, a clear head, and do it! Don’t be afraid, after all the only thing worse is letting fear be the answer.
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