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A career coach’s best tips for success after quitting your job: ‘Get clear about your goals’

By | Ashton Jackson |

Eight months into 2022, the Great Resignation, also known as the Big Quit, remains a trend for professionals seeking new work opportunities or leaving the workforce altogether. Despite recession concerns, a whopping 4.2 million people quit their jobs last month, and the quitting isn’t expected to stop any time soon.

Whether you’re changing career paths, pursuing entrepreneurship, or even trying out freelancing, there are some things you can do to help you leverage your skills after quitting your job.

According to Joyce West, career coach and founder of career services business, Coaching with Empathy, preparing thoroughly before you resign can hugely impact your success.

“Offboarding is just as important to give time, attention, care and intentionality to as starting a new role,” West tells CNBC Make It. 

Establish goals and plan ahead

West recommends people analyze their current situation in depth and “get clear” about their goals for the future.

″[Ask yourself] do I want to leave my job and then immediately find something new? Or do I have the finances to take a break? Because you don’t want to mindlessly quit and then realize, I have less money than I thought I did. Or realizing getting income might take longer than I thought because I didn’t do any research to find the next thing.”

West says having your plans and goals set can eliminate stress and even provide wiggle room to do things that help with burnout, like “going on vacation or visiting family.”

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