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Career Essentials Newsletter April 2005 - Got an Exit Strategy?

[Career Essentials] Newsletter April 2005 - Got an Exit Strategy?

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An e-mail newsletter designed to transform the way you think about your career… and to help you face Mondays with a smile!
by Dale Kurow, M.S., Career & Executive Coach


Welcome, new subscribers and loyal readers!

Spring is here! One day late last month I ran into Central Park to bask in the sunshine and milder temperatures. My eyes and spirit, so yearning for flowers and greenery, caught sight of vivid purple crocuses in Shakespeare Garden. I had to share their beauty with you.

I can’t wait to stroll in the sunshine and break free of bulky coats, gloves, and scarves.

Speaking of breaking free, does leaving your job sound good to you?

If so, the topic of this month’s newsletter -- Got an Exit Strategy -- is for you.

Learn the important steps you must take before quitting.

Sending you warmth and inspiration!

To Your Success,

Is your career stuck in neutral? I offer a 30-minute complimentary session to explore your needs and to determine if we’d like to work together. Whether you’re trying to survive office politics, want to be a better manager, or need to figure out your next career move, I can help. Send me an e-mail at Dale@dalekurow.com to begin the process!

Got an Exit Strategy?

Are you ready to quit your job?

Do any of these scenarios fit:

  • You’re not sleeping well. You’re filled with anxiety and fear about the future. And, you’re unhappy with your current job and/or boss.

  • You’re clueless about how to navigate the politics that permeate your office. The result: you feel like road kill on the corporate highway.

  • You replay hypothetical scenes in which you resign, and it usually involves shouting and/or crying.

My friend, are you ready to quit?

You need an exit strategy!

When I get 911 calls from clients on the precipice of quitting, I advise them to take a few deep breaths and run through the following checkpoints:

  • What is your job search readiness: updated resume; networking contacts; letters of reference, if any, from your current employer; samples of work you might need to show a future employer?
  • Have you established relationships with recruiters, mentors, and/or colleagues in positions of influence?
  • A job search (in today’s market) can take as long as a year. What is your financial preparedness?
  • If you waited a day or a week, would you still be as eager to quit?
  • What else would you like to accomplish, or have on your resume, that would make you a more attractive job candidate? Would waiting to gain that additional experience be worth it?
  • How far have you let this go? Is your health being affected? If so, your need to get out is accelerated.
  • What type of support systems do you have in place? Friends and close family are crucial during career transitions. Seek out professional help from a career coach or counselor.
  • When you think about not being in this job, what’s the first word that comes to mind? If that word is “happy” or “relieved,” you are mentally out the door already.

If you’ve decided that you can delay your resignation, instead of giving the customary two weeks notice, consider the following:

  • What professional/trade organizations’ events might you attend (with or without company funding) to enhance your contact list?
  • What headhunters and contract recruiters can you contact to start a dialogue?
  • Your resume is your most valuable marketing tool. It takes several drafts and most often, professional help, to make it stand out. Start working on that now.
  • How much time could you negotiate with your current employer to ease yourself out? Your employer might be willing to have you work part-time or extend your transition. I’ve even heard of cases where an employer was willing to pay a premium for an additional week or two. This can provide you with a cushion of time and money for your search.
  • Start your research; what companies interest you? Draft a letter of introduction and tap your contacts for names of people inside those companies.

After you’ve gone through the mental preparations, and the tactical steps to position yourself, make the decision with your heart. It’s your heart that will help you make the leap of faith into the unknown.

Author: Dale R. Kurow, M.S.

Dale Kurow is a career and executive coach who helps individuals find success and personal enrichment at their vocations and who works with corporations to maximize the potential of valuable employees.

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