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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
new subscribers and loyal readers!
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.
can’t wait to stroll in the sunshine and break free of bulky coats,
gloves, and scarves.
of breaking free, does leaving your job sound good to you?
so, the topic of this month’s newsletter -- Got an Exit Strategy
-- is for you.
the important steps you must take before quitting.
you warmth and inspiration!
your career stuck in neutral? I offer a 30-minute complimentary
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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!
you ready to quit your job?
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
You replay hypothetical scenes in which you resign, and it usually
involves shouting and/or crying.
friend, are you ready to quit?
need an exit strategy!
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.
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
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
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.