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Millennials, Here’s How to Prep for Quitting Your Job

millennials, jobs, recession

Breaking up is not hard to do when you have the right plan.

Quitting your job takes guts. Besides leaping into unknown territory, you ultimately have to break the news to your boss, too. Intimidating stuff.

You can take the classy road and quietly, gracefully file your two week’s notice. You can take the angry route, which includes but is not limited to destroying everything in sight, screaming hysterically and lighting things on fire. Then there’s the sneaky way, in which you walk out one day and never look back. (Bonus: Coworkers will ponder what happened, and you’ll become the mysterious, exotic office legend.)

SEE ALSO: The Millennial’s Guide to Personal Finance

No matter how you do it (hint: do it the first way), you have to form a plan. Here are seven ways Millennials in particular should prepare to quit their jobs, when necessary.

1. Plan Financially

As a young person in the workforce, you probably haven’t built a cushy savings to support yourself while hunting for another opportunity. Therefore, it’s important to take a good, hard look at your finances and calculate how long you can cover rent, food and other basic human needs with the budget you have saved. This is all the more imperative if you’ve stacked up student loans.

Take a look at your daily expenses and figure out what you could live without when push comes to shove. It’s amazing how you can survive without that daily Starbucks habit.

2. Look for Other Jobs

It can take months to nail down a job. Remember how long it took you to land the gig you’re quitting? It’s important to remain patient. The economy may be tough, but with social media, resume tools and employment sites likeMonsterCareerBuilder and Indeed, finding available jobs is easier than ever. Plus, if you went to college, look for a campus career center available to alumni. You can even find jobs on Twitter, just by typing search terms or hashtags like “hiring” and “job application.”

3. Change Your Twitter Handle

Speaking of Twitter, maybe you took so much pride in your job that you changed your Twitter handle to “@MashableYohana.” Sorry, but that will look bizarre to future employers. Stick to something simple, like your first and last name.

On that note, keep your public social media activity professional. Your old boss might not have cared about your way-too-personal tweets, but potential employers will balk and wipe your name from their lists.

4. Back Up Your Data

When you leave your job, most of your data goes with it. That means emails, documents, contacts and anything else acquired through company usernames and passwords. You didn’t do all that work for nothing, so take out some time, grab a flash drive or a cloud account and save what you need to save. Note: That does not mean stealing confidential data or informational perks only afforded to actual employees. You don’t want to end up joblessand in legal trouble.

Read the rest at Mashable.com.

 

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This entry was posted on March 10, 2014 by in Career and tagged , , .
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