What to consider FIRST
Did You Apply for the Position, Or Were You Headhunted?
If you applied, then chances are there was a reason for it. Evaluate those reasons carefully and weigh them up against the pros and cons of staying in your current position.
If you were headhunted, then congratulations! Your name is out there! People know who you are and they want you. Schedule an interview and make sure you have your game face on – this is the perfect opportunity to find out what they’re willing to offer to have you come on board.
What Salary Is Being Offered Per Month?
If the salary is less than what you’re getting now, find out what the other perks of the position are. Sometimes medical insurance and a retirement fund is included in the package, which would mean you no longer need to budget for that yourself - so your salary being less wouldn’t be an issue.
However, if you applied for a position specifically because you actually need that extra bit of income, now is the time to sit down and decide what amount you’ll work for. Don’t waste time on offers that don’t match your budget.
Location, Location, Location
Where is this place? If it’s a further drive or commute than what you’re already doing, then you might find your new-and-improved salary is barely managing to carry you through the month. Calculate the new route and then decide.
What to Consider When You Don’t Have a Job Offer
You haven’t been headhunted, but you just can’t anymore. Maybe your colleagues are awful, your boss is a nightmare, your salary is so stretched thin it’s gonna snap at any moment, your commute is so long you’re too exhausted to enjoy your down time, etc etc etc. We get it. But before you hand in your resignation and celebrate your freedom, factor in the following:
Sooo not to put you on the spot or anything (I’m totally putting you on the spot right now), how long have you been in your current position? How long were you in your position before this? And before that?
The truth is, if your resume reads like a spa directory with no real time spent at each then you’re damaging your chances of being hired in the future. You may have legitimate reasons for having left that position, but managers and recruiters aren’t going to take the time to call you and find out – they’ll look at your CV and decide that you aren’t a safe bet.
What’s the point in hiring someone and spending the resources to train them in the way that specific spa requires and then… they end up resigning in a few months anyway? Spas and salons are looking for a therapist they can invest in. Unless it’s a student trying to get their practical and work experience hours, a few months is just not gonna scream “pick me pick me, I’m worth it!”
Believe it or not, job-hopping damages your chances of re-employment more than your age does.
Research, Research, Research
You’ve decided you want to resign and no one is going to convince you otherwise. It’s important to have a game plan first.
Make sure the CV you send out is up to date. Cut out all the fluff and keep it relevant to each spa or salon you’re sending it to. For example, if you’re sending it to a nail bar, do you think they’ll care that you have certificate in teeth whitening? Also, don’t send a 7-page document and expect a busy manager to take the time to read to the end. Chances are it’s going to hit the Recycle Bin the minute she sees the page count. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
As much as you’d like to you can’t resign with no back-up plan. Set a timeline for yourself:
Don’t burn your bridges – you never know when you might need to cross them again.
Hopefully these tips will help you during your decision process. Are in the process of resigning or searching for a new job? What other factors have you had to consider? Let us know in the comments section!