Resigning? Here are some tips to help you plan the next phase in your career

The Great Resignation is still going strong. According to a survey from career site Monster,  95 percent of workers are currently considering changing jobs and 92 percent are willing to switch industries to secure a new position. 

“So many people are taking this opportunity to reflect on their lives and realizing their job isn’t what they want,” Brian Bloom, Korn Ferry’s vice president of Global Benefits, says in a recent Korn Ferry article. The article states that some people are quitting without having next steps lined up, and experts suggest that people create strategies to recalibrate their careers.

If you’re one of the many who are ready to move on too, here are some things to consider when you resign. 

Make self-care a priority

Bloom suggests spending time taking care of yourself. “Look at the four pillars of well-being: physical, emotional, social, and financial,” says Bloom. “Check up on your physical and mental health, and work toward any changes you may need to make.” The article suggests evaluating your health, finances, retirement plans, and social wellness. “Within a month or two of doing self care, your mind will be in a better frame to think about the next career move,” Bloom says.

FIgure out what you really want out of your career

In an article from CNBC, Vicki Salemi, career expert at Monster, advises that the most important thing to figure out is what type of work you want to be doing, who you want to be doing it for and what pay you’ll consider. 

“Now is an excellent time for people thinking of making a career change,” Salemi says in the article. “So many companies are hiring and looking for transferable skills, so you don’t necessarily need experience in that specific job.” 

Val Olson, a career coach at Korn Ferry Advance, suggests in a recent article to reflect on your life and career to figure out where you want to be. “Consider going on a career-related retreat where you can think, dream, and plan your future,” says Olson. 

The CNBC article suggests that once you can identify your wants, make a list of target companies and include the type of company, job, size and revenue to help keep you on track as you search.

Look at your network of connections

Olson suggests avoiding applying for jobs online and focus instead on identifying people on LinkedIn or in your own network. Look into setting up informational interviews through those who work at companies you’re interested in. Olson also suggests reaching out and building relationships with recruiters. 

Salemi has similar advice, suggesting to get in touch with people you know that may be in the industry or company you’d like to join.“You are looking for the right fit, not just actual job but company values, what they stand for, what their benefits are like,” Salemi says in the CNBC article. 

Don’t lose hope

Olson acknowledges that the job hunt can be exhausting, but encourages job seekers to keep an open mind, stay focused, and find a support system. “A support network will help you maintain your emotional equilibrium and weather the challenges of job search,” Olson says. “Bonus tip: Update your resume, and while doing so appreciate your talents, accomplishments, and skills.” 



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