When Its Time to Quit Your First Real Job...
As today is my last day at Kendra Scott, I wanted to share this post with you. No, this isn't my first job, and I'm only leaving because of the reason I shared last week... If you missed it - check out the post!
But as people are not working at companies for 20+ years anymore, the time to leave will come and you should know how to handle it with as much respect and class as possible!
Its your first job out of college. You show up your first day excited, and full of spunk.
Six months in... You'd rather come down with strep throat 3 times a month than sit through another day in the office.
If you were like me, you ended up working for a great company, with lots of office perks that were supposed to make coming to work fun.
And they definitely did - for a while. No, you're not crazy if the catered lunches and napping centers were no longer enough to keep you motivated to keep cold-calling for 8 hours a day.
You're completely normal - lol.
Thankfully during this time in my life, I had someone telling me that I didn't have to do it anymore. I didn't have to make it my career. Just because its your first job and your company may offer perks, if it isn't the right fit - it simply isn't.
By all means, every job has its rough patches and its not something you'll ever be able to run away from. But if you know deep down in your core that something isn't for you, you should know that you can do something else.
My first job (after college) was in inside sales. For those who are unfamiliar with the term (bless your soul), it means you are calling people, who don't know you, attempting to sell them something, without them having opted into getting called.
Yes, I was a telemarketer.
You can imagine the fun that ensues.
But when I knew I couldn't do it anymore, I found another job and I left.
And guess what?
The Earth kept spinning. I found that I didn't completely hate "sales" like I thought I did. I learned new kinds of people skills, and I also learned way more about jewelry than I ever thought I'd know!
But here's how you've got to do it:
1.Find another job before you quit. You don't want to rack up your credit card or have to leave your lease because you weren't doing this strategically!
2. Always give 2 weeks notice. Worst case scenario, you have to work only two more weeks. Best case scenario, the company pays you out for two weeks and they dismiss you right then and there. BOOM you, my friend, just got two weeks paid vacation.
3. Don't trash talk the company or brag about quitting while standing around the water cooler. Keep your composure, save it for your roommate for when you get home. Its highly likely you'll need to list a reference for this job some day, so don't tarnish that opportunity in your last few days.
I didn't write this to give you an excuse to quit your job. But if you're already there and could use some encouragement, know that everything will turn out alright in the end.
You can do anything you set your heart to with a little hard work, determination, and a whole lot of faith.
Stay strong and do what's right for you!