Steps to Consider Before Leaving Your Toxic Job

Paulette Piñero Belatina, latinx

Is everyone quitting their jobs? The short answer is yes.

In November 2021, the Department of Labor reported that 4.5M people left their jobs. This 8.9 percent increase from the previous month is a phenomenon referred to as the #GreatResignation. As a leadership coach, I work with professionals from different fields and this is what I’ve found: Employees are fed-up with their employers’ responses around shutdowns, lack of support for in-person and remote workers, and the inauthentic responses around racial justice issues have emptied our “emotional and professional buckets”.

Above all, social distancing and lockdowns required you to take time to think about the inequities and microaggressions you experience at work every day. Así que before you break-up with el trabajo tóxico, consider these steps: 

  • Optimize your application materials. Yes, colorful resumes are real cute, but the online job search requires that you have a resume and LinkedIn profile that pass the ATS test. ATS or Applicant Tracking Systems are automated programs companies use to filter out candidates and extract relevant information to prioritize what matters most to the recruiter. 
  • Create an exit strategy. Create a calendar for yourself of how your exit will occur. Don’t share your plans with anyone at work, so your manager only finds out directly from you. Consider upcoming vacation or paid-time-off you have planned, upcoming deadlines or projects you want to be a part of, and anything that might affect your departure.
  • Activate your network. Because when “el combo está ready” as every early 2000s reggaetonero would say, your network can open doors and connect you to opportunities you had not considered before. Once someone shares a role or upcoming project that is a good fit for you, ask them to connect you with the recruiter or a current employee so you can learn more about the company culture and what they are looking for.

There’s never a perfect plan to quit, and when you identify that your current role no longer serves you, the best way to approach the resignation is to set your intentions, assess your needs, and go pa’ lante, que para atras ni pa’ coger impulso (keep moving forward).

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¡Hasta la próxima!

– Paulette