I've learned that life is just too short to do work that drains you. I know what it's like to have a job that looks good on paper, yet, you feel like you're pushing a rock uphill on the daily. The pandemic has caused many women to reevaluate what truly matters, and how to align their work to their talents and purpose.
Some 65% of employees are looking for a new job right now, according to an August poll of 1,007 full- and part-time U.S. workers conducted by PwC. That’s nearly double the 35% of workers who said they were seeking new work in May.
According to the women in the workplace report, 40% of women have considered leaving their company or switching jobs—and high employee turnover in recent months suggests that many of them are following through.
Many women come to me because they’ve found themselves at a career crossroads. I tell them that before you jump ship out of frustration and look for something you think will bring you more into alignment with what you desire, I encourage all career changers to ask some questions first.
Why bother asking these questions? New job circumstances won’t always make us happier in the long term, especially if we bring in the same behaviors that created our current frustrating situation. We may unknowingly end up recreating dissatisfaction in our new role.
Here are five questions I encourage my career changers to ask before they join the big quit:
Does this organization align with my career values? Do I agree with the way it makes decisions?
Does this organization provide me an opportunity to use my best talents somewhere else?
How have I advocated for the changes I want?
What boundaries do I need to set and communicate?
What is mine to do to create the future I want?
The best career for you is one that aligns to your values and allows you to use your best talents. Many of my clients find this by reworking their existing role and having hard conversations. Some find the right next choice to make the move and be clear about their expectations and boundaries so they don't recreate old dissatisfaction.
Ultimately, trust your gut and do what's right for you.
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Kelli Thompson is a women's leadership & career coach and speaker. She's on a mission to help women advance to the rooms where decisions are made. She's helped hundreds of women to lead with more confidence and create careers they love. She is a 2021 Stevie Award winner for women in business - coach of the year.