Americans set a second straight record for quitting jobs in September, pushing the rate to 3% from 2.9% in August. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said 4.4 million workers left employment during the most recent month for which data were available, with job openings decreasing slightly to 10.4 million. While the delta variant was still weighing on the labor force in September, workers were also chasing better pay and benefits as employers elsewhere bid up.
This is for the 4.4 million workers who quit your job in September. It’s a checklist of sorts to help you land the right role for you. So you don’t have to experience all the stress and anxiety that led to you quitting in the first place.
- Get some help to really dig deep into what caused the “quit.” And the “quits” if any before that. If you don’t understand what got you there, you are likely to have it happen all over again.
- Set a time period to regenerate and stick to that. It’s okay to “take a break,” but to make sure it is a break and not a lifestyle set a start point and end point for the break. And stick to it. Don’t come back early; or lengthen it. It’s hugely valuable to have some help to hold you accountable to the start and the end. Without it, you are likely not to really enjoy that time off. And you could lose the energy to re-activate when it’s time to get going again.
- Make sure when you ready to start, there is an actual action plan you jump right into. Many say they are going to start this Monday, but Monday rolls around and they don’t really have a plan to follow. Then they spend the next week (or weeks) trying to figure out the plan. The plan has to be crystal clear before the break begins AND ready for action steps on the first day back from the break. Getting help from someone who has had success in supporting job seekers and knows what works best as a starting point, really helps make sure your energy and time is directed the right way.
- In addition to the resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and comfort with virtual interviewing, today job seekers need clear and concise answers to the questions that are going to come up especially, “why did you leave this job? and that one? and that one.” Not preparing for interview questions is the single biggest mistake job seekers make. There is ample evidence that practicing interviewing yields better results. And good practice includes real-time feedback from an expert who understands the audience of recruiters and hiring managers.
- Do not mistake achievement in the first week or two as success. Most people are very successful in their endeavors in the first couple of weeks — it’s the “honeymoon period” and it’s natural that you feel like “you got this,” because most likely you definitely got this for now. But if you want to find your dream job, it’s going to take more than a few days. And you need to stay on track next week, and the week after that, and truthfully for as a long as it takes. And it can take a long time because you don’t want any job; you want the right job for you. And so, you are going to be picky. As you should be. And you aren’t going to take everything offered. Perhaps one of the reasons you are here now, having quit, was because then you weren’t so picky and you did take the first role offered even though you knew it didn’t quite hit the right notes for you.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the right role for you is out there. I know it to be true because literally every day, our clients are out there finding those roles, securing interviews, getting offers. So they are out there. For absolute sure your dream job awaits.