Quitting Your Job in Post-Pandemic Times
If you’re thinking about moving on from your current role, there’s never been a better time than now to be looking for jobs. The good news that the economy is finally showing signs of recovery has resulted in charity recruiters starting to hire again. At CharityJob, the number of jobs being posted has risen by almost 30% from January to April 2021.
But, as Bloomberg reports, a new normal is also likely to herald a wave of resignations, with people reassessing their priorities, passions, work-life balance and a whole lot more. Are you thinking about quitting your job? We walk you through things to consider before quitting, and offer some tips on preparing for your next career move.
Things to think about before quitting
Consider whether you really want to leave
Sometimes, we have the urge to leave a workplace when we see that our friends and long-term colleagues are moving on. And all that time at home during the pandemic might have given you time to visualise your ideal job. But before you quit your current one, ask yourself what your specific motivation for leaving is.
If you have a clear career path set out and you’ve done some research into the type of job that you’d like to move onto, that’s great. Equally, if you’re feeling miserable and demotivated in your current role, it’s a good enough reason to leave. But if your desire to quit is more vague, or driven by the resignation trend you’re seeing, it’s worth speaking to your line manager first.
Talk to your employer about post-pandemic work patterns
Many charities are still trying to figure out what their work set-up will be, with most considering hybrid working. Are you concerned that you’ll have to resume a lengthy commute and give up valuable time with your family? If so, find out whether there is any flexibility around the time you spend in the office. Ask yourself, would you be happy to remain in your role if you could continue working from home for the majority of the week? Chances are that your employer would much rather offer flexibility and keep you, rather than see you leave.
Consider future development possibilities
Now that we’re slowly emerging out of the pandemic, many charities will be looking into new team structures and assessing their skills gap. In many ways, it’s actually the perfect time to speak about possible career progression in your current role. Before you quit, take the time to speak to your line manager about the vacancies that they’ll be looking to fill, both in your own team and in others. There might well be something that is just up your street, and which will give you fresh motivation in your job.
So you’ve decided to quit. What next?
If you’re convinced that quitting is the right decision, you’ll probably feel a sense of relief, and also excitement about a new beginning. Already have a new job lined up? Amazing. If you don’t, or if you’re giving yourself a slight career break, here are some tips to stand you in good stead for your next charity role.
Take some time out for volunteering
If you haven’t had a chance to do any volunteering recently, why not consider it now? Find something you can do while you’re applying for work, and make the most of it in every way. The ideal volunteering opportunity enables you to support a cause that you feel passionate about, and improve your own skills at the same time. If you can’t find one particular volunteering setup that suits your skills and preferences, try an assortment of temporary opportunities. It’s the dedication that matters.
Consider your own charitable operation
Whether you’re partnering with a neighbour to distribute supplies in your area or running an online store with all profits going to charity, you can go the extra mile to set yourself apart from the pack. Focus on the issues that are most important to you and do your best to make a difference. This will show your future employer how committed you are to changing things.
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Update your CV and find out what you need to prepare for a remote interview
Take a fresh look at your CV. Aside from adding any new skills or experiences, take an overall look at the structure and decide whether it might need a revamp. If you’re looking to move into a new field or sector, you’ll need to change your personal statement to reflect this. Has it been a while since you were last interviewed for a role? If this is the case, take the time to brush up on techniques.
Figure out what you learned from lockdown life
When looking for your next role, be ready to speak about your recent life experiences as well as your skills and work history. Consider what the past year or so has taught you about the importance of community, patience and empathy. How have others impressed you in recent times? What challenges have you seen people face, and how do you hope to help those in similar situations? Employers are keen to learn more about you as a person, and such honest reflection is likely to help you stand out from the competition when you’re applying to your dream role.
Embrace the change
Whatever you end up deciding about your career future, be sure that you embrace the opportunities that come your way and ask the right questions before making any big decisions.
And if you’re ready to start the job search, take a look at which charities are currently hiring.
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