I am very excited to announce that I have quit my job! No, this is not early retirement yet. That day is still further away in the future, even though we are slowly getting closer day by day. I am very happy as it’s not just that I am leaving a company that I was not happy to work for, but I am also moving to another one. I’ve been looking for other opportunities for a while, and finally I managed to find a new role that hopefully will be my job for many years.
If you follow this blog for a while, you might remember an earlier article where I wrote about the insecurity of my job. At the end of the day, I turned down the internal replacement that the company has offered me, and continued to work in my previous role. Of course I was far less enthusiastic about it as before, even if my unhappiness at this place goes longer back in time.
This has further pushed me to look for new opportunities. I have talked to a few headhunters and made some interviews at various companies. Overall, the whole job hunting period was quite positive. I met many people and after a couple of meetings and positive feedback I became more confident that there is much more out there for me than my current company can offer. I am not talking about the financial aspects here.
Finally that company has made me an offer which I had the most positive feelings for. Both the role and the company culture seems like something that I would be happy with during the next couple of years or even more. I don’t want to go into too much details, instead I would like to summarize the main things I learned during these months or more like years.
1. A job you don’t like can make you stronger
If you don’t like your job, there are two things you can do: accept the fact that this will be your life on most of the weekdays until retirement, or do something about it. From my side I’ve chosen the latter one and my uncomfortable situation has made me do several things that I might have never done if I was doing something that I liked more. More specifically:
- I got interested in early retirement. If you are reading this blog, chances are high that we are like minded people.
- I started this site in order to document my journey and help others along the way. If you want, you can also start your own blog within a few hours.
- I started to invest. This has not only provided a safety net, but I also created a financial engine that will generate more and more passive income over the years.
- We purchased a rental property as a further diversification of our income.
- Last but not least, after a break I continued my Dutch studies in order to have better chances in the local job market and also get more integrated into the Dutch society.
I don’t know how many of the above would have been realized otherwise, but the fact that I was unhappy in an unsecured position definitely helped a lot.
2. Having an emergency fund makes you even stronger
The first step towards financial independence is to have an emergency fund. Knowing that you have some cash that you can use if the shit really hits the fan is a very comforting feeling. You can use it if your car breaks down, you get an unexpected bill, or even if you get fired.
Without an emergency fund I might have accepted the other internal role, that probably I would’ve hated even more. During the interviews I might have looked desperate and I might not got the new job at the end of the day. What a difference it makes if you save some money each month instead of spending!
3. Be nice to your colleagues and never burn bridges
In the past I always put a lot of attention to being nice with colleagues, no matter if they were above or below me in the company hierarchy. This didn’t only make me feel better in the office, but the good connections have also helped me when I was looking for new jobs.
Being able to provide a long list of trustworthy references definitely helps during the recruitment process. This is why it’s extremely important not burning the bridges behind you, even if you feel very frustrated at work. And this includes your resignation letter.
I can’t even count how many versions of resignation letters I already wrote in my mind, especially when I really had enough. They also have their own sense, especially when you need to release the pressure somehow. Just make sure you never press the send button 🙂
Besides of all the frustration, my resignation letter was short, simple and most importantly diplomatic. Even if I felt like this,
It actually sounded like this:
I would like to inform you that as of XY date I am terminating my agreement with the company. My last working day will be XY.
I would like to say thank you for the opportunities that I have received from the company over the last X years. Even though I am resigning, of course I wish both you and the whole company a lot of success in the future.
During the remaining period at the company I will make sure that a proper handover will be given in relation to my current responsibilities.
How about you, dear reader? Have you ever resigned from anger that later you regretted? Or do you also make it as a priority to leave with peace? I’d be interested to hear your experience!