How to leverage skills after quitting your job according to an expert

Eight months into 2022, the Big Quit, also known as the Big Quit, remains a trend for professionals seeking new work opportunities or leaving the workforce altogether. Despite recession worries, 4.2 million people quit their jobs last month, and that’s not expected to stop any time soon.

Whether you’re changing careers, pursuing entrepreneurship, or even trying to be self-employed, there are some things you can do to help you leverage your skills after leaving your job.

According to Joyce West, career coach and founder of the career services company, Coaching with Empathy, careful preparation before quitting can have a huge impact on your success.

“Relocating is just as important for giving time, attention, care and intentionality as it is for starting a new role,” West told CNBC Make It.

Set goals and plan ahead

West recommends that people thoroughly analyze their current situation and “clarify” their goals for the future.

“[Ask yourself] do i want to quit my job and immediately find something new? Or do I have the financial means to take a break? Because you don’t want to quit without thinking and realize that I have less money than I thought. Or realizing that earning an income might take longer than I thought because I didn’t do any research to find the next thing.”

West says setting plans and goals can eliminate stress and even provide leeway to do things that help with burnout, like “going on vacation or visiting family.”

rate yourself

Throughout his journey as a career coach, West has helped several new entrepreneurs and freelancers navigate their journey to self-employment. One of his most popular workshops takes clients through seven personality assessments that reveal their ideal working conditions, learning styles and character traits.

West recommends Ray Dalio’s PrinciplesYou, Enneagram, and Ikigai, a Japanese framework to help you understand your purpose, but her favorite is the Clifton Strengths Finder, which inspired her to pursue a coaching career.

“Clifton says four strings, and everyone has the strings in a particular order. So the assessment tells you what order your strings are in, and then also categorizes them into four main categories: strategic, execution, relationships, and influence. “

“When I took it, I looked at my top 10 strengths and saw that only one of my top 10 strengths was in execution. And I have five best strengths in strategy… That’s when I I realized, maybe that’s why I keep missing deadlines. And it was while taking the assessment that I realized I like strategy and should try coaching.

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