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7 good questions to ask yourself before leaving your job

You don’t quit your job on a whim! To avoid regretting your decision, you have no choice but to think it over carefully beforehand.

“Asking the right questions allows you to look at the issue, to take altitude, step back and perspective, and to maximize the chances of making the right decision,” explains Michel Boutin, certified professional coach and president of Leitmotiv coaching.

Here are seven questions to think about before resigning.

How happy am I at work?

“As soon as our level of happiness at work is below an acceptable level, there is clearly something wrong,” says the coach. In order to identify what we need to be more fulfilled, we need to ask ourselves to what extent we are motivated at work and to what extent our tasks correspond to our interests and strengths.

Between the status quo and the possibility of resigning, what are the options that I have not considered so far that could be analyzed with my current employer?

Before looking too quickly at other horizons, Michel Boutin advises opening the discussion with his immediate superior or a human resources manager to assess the possibilities of repositioning internally.

If my best friend was in the same situation as me and asked my advice, what would I suggest to him?

When you are personally faced with a situation like this, you are emotionally involved. By putting yourself in the position of advising someone else, you are able to get a more accurate and objective overall picture.

What are my doubts, fears and unanswered questions about this decision?

Fears can blur the lines and slow down decision making. “It is crucial to understand the importance of introspection: do we stay because we want to please those around us? Because of a lack of self-confidence? Insecurity? Because you are uncertain about your employability? “says the coach.

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What would be the consequences of my resignation?

Leaving a job has repercussions on professional, personal and family life… and on finances, of course. Before making a decision, it is essential to plan ways to manage or mitigate these impacts.

What resources could help me make an informed decision?

Be careful who you ask for advice in this kind of context: the impartiality of your interlocutor is fundamental. “Too often, the people consulted project their own fears or beliefs, for example by suggesting that they should keep a job only because it meets a primary need for security if the person themselves has a low tolerance for risk,” says the president of Leitmotiv coaching.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident am I that this decision is the right one? What would increase this confidence?

If the level of trust you place in yourself is sufficient in your eyes, all that remains is the courage to communicate your decision skillfully. Otherwise, the reflection must continue.

If you still have doubts, seek advice from a neutral person, such as a friend or a professional coach. After all, this is about your future!

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