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(left to right - Helen Purbrick & Steve Gray)

Whilst quitting a job tomorrow may seem a bold move to make, it is better to take stock of where the future lies.

Let’s take some time out, consider some next steps to make and recognise that from talking to someone else, or just having a plan in place can help shape a brighter horizon.

This is something that Helen Purbrick, TeamJobs Senior Commercial Consultant and Steve Gray, TeamJobs Technical & Engineering Recruitment Partner, recognise and do see from candidates looking to make that move, in some cases, by any means necessary.

The Day When People Say ‘That’s It’

January 31st is the day where Britain’s workforce are most likely to hand in their notice, according to research from accountancy firm Crunch. They recognised that hanging onto January’s payday and then making that move from where they are to a place more fulfilling.

Let’s share with you a recruitment consultants perspective on what you can do and be aware of. Steve highlights, “We always want to find out the reason why someone wants to leave. The biggest risk anyone can make is to leave a permanent role when you have nothing to go to. The financial strain can be huge.”

“When we send a CV to an employer, we write a brief for why a candidate is leaving. It is our job to make sure that when someone makes their next move, they are happy and feels connected to their next challenge.”

“It is safe to say that time in a role is something that employers will look at first. A CV that shows two to three years is something of a norm that employers have accepted over the years. What is important is to recognise that everyone is different. For instance, there may be a genuine reason why someone is a job hopper (someone who works for a brief amount of time in one position). It is down to us to present people in their best light and justify the reason for leaving to an employer.

Looking At Things Differently

The most Googled job question in 2018 was ‘how to quit a job.’ Let’s just say that people are working on how to leave. When things may turn tough, the reality is that you need to remain steadfast and keep your cool.

Helen states, “Whilst I run the temp desk, the idea of getting a job tomorrow, does not exist. The interview process takes time and when there are financial and family commitments it can become very strained. No one can walk into a job because they are excellent at what they do. For instance, a recruitment consultant will always look to send three or four of the best CVs that are suited to a potential employer.”

Let’s Share Some Advice

If you are teetering on the brink of handing in your notice, there are always places to start.

Helen suggests, “You can’t take everything on board yourself. Talk to friends and family, if you are looking for professional advice, then having a conversation with a recruitment consultant can also be a good place to start. A CV always needs to be prepared and ready. It doesn’t need to be six pages long, we have templates available and advice to give.”

“I would also say that reframing a mindset is an area to consider. For instance, how about considering a temporary role to progress? It all comes down to looking at the world differently and recognising options. A temporary role for 12 weeks may become permanent after a period of time. This reframing provides flexibility for employers and candidates.”

Whilst making that bold move to quit may give a short term sense of relief, the grass may not always be greener. Steve suggests, “I have seen this where someone has an issue with a process or a person. If someone can’t talk to their HR department or line manager, then we can provide guidance in terms of how the job market looks and steps to make.”

An important aspect to realise is that no matter how challenging it gets, having that conversation with a recruitment consultant provides a means for an open discussion. It can provide some form of reassurance that someone is here to listen and recognise that the career paths we are all on do not represent a straight line. Steve highlights, “A good consultant treats candidates the same as they do with employers. You cannot dismiss someone if there are no current roles that are suited to them from the outset. Making others feel valued and that they know a consultant has their best interests, even if the perfect role is a few months away, it can always put someone at ease.”

“The roles people have and the careers we build, should not be an isolating journey.”

Time To Bring To A Close

An emotionally charged decision to leave your workplace can affect you financially and professionally.

The best place to start is to take some time out and recognise why you are making that step. Can things be approached more tactfully? Are there people to talk to first?

If you are looking to make that move, of course, TeamJobs are here for you, but always have a plan in place. It can become the wisest move you make.


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