As recruiters, we run across many candidates who are ready to make a move and let go of their current job. Others, however, aren’t quite ready make the jump. One thing we always tell candidates is that you should always leave your options open because you never know when that perfect opportunity could arise. Letting go of things, especially a job, can be tough, so here a few tips to help prepare yourself for this situation.

  1. If you are leaving your options open, know whether you would seriously make a move and mentally prepare for that.
  2. If another opportunity comes along, write out all of the pros and cons from each job to give yourself a better picture of what is most important to you. Is it Salary? Title? Commute? Work/life balance?
  3. Know what type of job you would leave your current position for. Even if you are happy in your current role, put some time into thinking through what types of roles would intrigue you enough to make a move. It will have you prepared if that perfect job happens to make its way across your desk.

These are just a few tips to consider thinking about. I think learning to let go is one of the hardest things anyone can do. Until some recent life changes, letting go of things was a challenge for me. One of the reasons letting things go can be hard is because it can mean change and change can be scary. A favorite quote of mine is by Gail Sheehy: “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t living.” This reads true in many aspects of life not just our jobs. So keep in mind that letting go of things from big (such as your job) to small (such as a bad hair day) can make a huge difference in your life.