Should You Quit Your Job?
March 8, 2022
During COVID there has been a big shift in what marketers want from their careers. This led to the “Great Resignation” as many people are taking a step back to figure out how to find a career that brings them joy and aligns with their values, strengths, and passions.
According to a recent study from The Portfolio Collective, 54% of survey respondents are tired of feeling burnt out and 39% want to be their authentic selves at work. In addition, the study shows that 40% of the global workforce is ready to quit.
In The New York Times article, Public Displays of Resignation: Saying ‘I Quit’ Loud and Proud, Emma Goldberg discusses that people are not only quitting their jobs, but also screaming it from the rooftops and announcing it on social media. “People are frustrated, exhausted, triggered,” as said by J.T. O’Donnell, founder of the career coaching platform Work It Daily, “When people are triggered, you see fight or flight responses. This is a fight response.”
Are You Tempted To Join The Movement?
While the thought of joining the “Great Resignation” crusade and posting your big announcement on social media may seem exciting, here are three questions to ask yourself before you decide to start looking for another opportunity.
- Have you thought strategically about your current job? It is important to think through if quitting your job is a knee-jerk reaction or a strategic move toward fulfilling your long-term career plan. The big sign for me to change jobs was when I knew that I did not want to have my boss’s job in the future. If you can’t see a clear long term plan in your department or company and don’t want to be your boss someday, then it’s probably time to leave.
- Do you feel like your authentic self at work? If your values, strengths, passions and skills align with your career, you’re more likely to feel happy and comfortable. In past jobs, there were times where I felt like I was forcing myself to try to get excited about my work and I was “faking it” because I wanted to be a “good employee”. I was really doing myself a disservice as I wasn’t passionate about my work and became burned out and less productive over time. I worked with a career coach to figure out what my values, strengths, passions and skills are and how to align them with a career I love and now feel like I can be myself again both at home and at work. I’m launching a pilot group coaching program this spring for marketers over 40+ who want to navigate the next step in their career journey. The group will be small and there are limited spots available. If you'd like to find out more information, please reply to this e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Are you interested in a full time job, starting a business or developing a portfolio career? There are many factors that you should weigh when making this decision including the need for financial stability, if there is anyone in your household you need to support, and if you prefer to work on your own or as part of a team.
Asking yourself these questions is a great start to help you determine if it’s time to quit your job.
It may feel like it’s harder to move to another company when you’re in a senior role as other organizations might perceive you as being too old, your experience isn’t transferable or you might need to take a pay cut. However, there’s always an opportunity to develop an exit strategy through networking, increasing your social media presence, updating your skills, and working with a coach.
What To Do When You Hate Your Senior-Level Job (Fast Company)
Put People First
Employees are more likely to stay at their companies when leadership is driving a corporate culture where people are trusted and treated with dignity and respect. Showing compassion and empathy can go a long way to retaining your employees. Through my own experience, I always found that if you like your boss, you will love your job.
Conduct "Stay Interviews"
A great way to engage your current employees is to schedule “stay interviews” to invest time in those who have chosen not to leave. According to Forbes, “Stay interviews” are 1-to-1 meetings between managers and their employees to discuss what’s going well, what’s not going well and which changes the employee, manager or organization could make to strengthen the relationship.” These meetings should be recurring and also focus on the employee’s goals.
Career Chat with ..... Mary Kate Demberger
Each issue, I’m going to chat with someone in our marketing community to learn from their career journey. This week I spoke with Mary Kate Demberger, Associate Brand Manager - IcyHot from Sanofi to learn more about her perspective on when it’s time to quit your job.
Q: How did you start your career in marketing?
A: I started my career in marketing at a small IT firm, working to start up the company’s social media accounts, create content for its blog and support the sales team with marketing collateral like promotional flyers, emails and trade show signage. This was a traditional firm who relied heavily on word-of-mouth referrals for its new business, so the marketing function was limited, and I eventually transitioned into an account management role. After a few years, I wanted to refocus on marketing and establish a career in consumer goods and services. I decided to return to school and earn an MBA to support this transition. After graduating in 2020, I was hired by a CPG company as an associate brand manager.
Q: How did you know it was time to leave your job?
A: For several years, I was able to develop a variety of skills and experience within the IT firm by working in several different roles. However, since it was a smaller company, there was not much room for long-term advancement. I was also interested in moving out of B2B technology and into a consumer product/service company. After some time delaying the decision, I realized it was time to leave, when I found myself uninterested in learning new aspects of the business. I’d always enjoyed learning, and it was disturbing to realize I had lost interest in my work. Rather than make an immediate change, I decided to return to school to build up a knowledge base and develop my network for when I ultimately decided to change careers.
Q: What advice can you share on ways to figure out your next career move?
A: I believe that the perfect job is a blend of your interests and skills. While your interests might be easy to list out, identifying your skills – the tasks you excel at in your current job, school, personal life, etc. – can be less obvious. I would recommend thinking about all aspects of your life and identifying the responsibilities that you do well and enjoy completing. Once you have your core skills, try searching for role that highlight these in the job descriptions.
Networking is a great first step in making a career move. Informational interviews are an opportunity to learn about different roles and companies in a low stake setting. You can connect with people working at companies or in positions that interest you through several ways, but LinkedIn is probably the easiest way to connect with specific individuals in your area of interest. Send a brief, polite note explaining that you are considering a career change and interested in learning more about their field and experience. Not everyone will respond, and that’s OK. Eventually, you’ll connect with someone, who is happy to share his or her story and maybe even put you in touch with their network.
Q: What are the top lessons learned that other marketers can take away from your career journey?
A: Don’t be afraid to change course. Throughout my career, I made several industry and function changes. Before some career changes, I feared I wasn’t experienced enough in the new role or industry. But since, I found that in each change, I was able to lean on my previous experience to help me learn and develop in my new role. I wasn’t as inexperienced or behind the curve as I’d feared. As long as you are willing to take the time and work on learning a new role, changing careers and moving toward your goals will ultimately lead to success.