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30+ Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving a Job

Source | ArtOfManliness : By Bett and Kate

Make Your Job Pay Off For You

If your job doesn’t give you pleasure, if your heart sinks on Sunday night at the thought of going to work the next morning, do something about it. Consider the questions: Is it the job itself? The hours? The pay? The circumstances? Incompatibility of aims? Lack of prospects or scope for development? Or personality clash with your employer?

Make a list of every task you tackle during the normal day. If your workload varies, keep the list for a week. You may find that you’re working too hard, or that you are doing too little, or that you have insufficient activity and responsibility — and you’re probably bored. Sort out the tasks you enjoy and the ones you dislike. You may be giving inadequate attention to work you don’t care for. Perhaps someone better equipped than you would do better at those tasks?

What would you like to do within the company that at that moment is not included in your job description? If it’s a bigger job and you are confident you can do it, go to your boss and tell him so. Even if there is no opening at that time, it will do no harm to let him know that you have your eye on bigger things. If he doesn’t think you’re up to it, he’ll tell you so.

If the problem lies with your employer, see if you can find ways to minimize contact with him. All of us are susceptible to being made miserable by somebody else if they’re in a position of power over us. No matter how confident we are, we’ll be worn down by a superior who is constantly thwarting us and frustrating our best efforts. Your boss may find you just as difficult as you find him, and may be glad to see less of you, so see if you can find legitimate ways to get around him. I have been in that position and found a way out, more than once.

Sometimes a lateral move provides the solution. When I first joined Schweppes in London, I worked directly under the head of the company as Advertising Manager — a subject I knew nothing about. (“Never mind,” said he, when I protested to this effect, “you soon will.”)

For a number of reasons, my boss and I did not get along. He was charming, amusing, bluff in manner, Falstaffian in size and in his sense of humor, and all this endeared me to him when I met him socially or shared platforms with him at conferences. But working under him was another matter. It was impossible for both of us. I felt that I was on my way to doing the right job with the right company, but I was working with the wrong man.

I also knew that I needed a better grounding of the basics of running a business, so I requested, and got, a lesser job, a demotion. I became London Sales Manager. I gained in two ways from the change. I “got out from under” and out into the field with my thirty-six salesmen, calling on customers, learning something of their problems and those of my salesmen which, until then, had been a closed book to me. This experience proved invaluable and stood me in a good stead a year or so later.

As it happened, this new job ended after only six months. My old boss had apparently forgotten our differences, or decided to overlook them, in the short time that I’d been out of his sight. He called me to his office and asked me if I would take on the job of General Manager of Schweppes Overseas — a post I’d joined the company to fill two years earlier. A year later, I moved my headquarters from London to New York for some of the same reasons.

If all such internal efforts fail for you, face facts and find another job. To choose more wisely the next time around, read the next chapter and take heart. It’s not as difficult as you might think to find a job in which you will do well and which will do well for you.

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