Tips From a Recruiter: Resign or Negotiate?

The Great Resignation – better known as the 30 million Americans who have quit jobs in the past year – has impacted the workforce in record breaking numbers. Most still need money and benefits, so is it really time to resign or can you renegotiate to get what you want?

Here are some tips on deciding which action is right for you.

Reasons to Negotiate:

  • Under-market Pay – Do your research and bring stats to the discussion so you show what you’re worth and why you deserve more.
  • Growth & Development – Find courses or conferences that interest you and are relevant to your career advancement. Identify why it will help the team or company to have you attend. Ask for the support (financial and time) from the organization.
  • Flexibility – Most people want some form of flexibility and employees should at least ask for it before they quit. Compose a reasonable request and present it to your manager. Make a case for why it works and why it’s important to you.

Reasons to Resign:

  • Volatile Work Environment: Everyone should be treated with respect and if your manager or co-workers are not abiding, you don’t need to waste your time in a hostile environment. No amount of money is worth your pride.
  • Disengaged Management: People generally quit managers, not jobs. If you have tried to engage with your supervisor or leadership team and they remain detached or uncommunicative, it might be time to look elsewhere.
  • Major Life Change: Illness, relocation, back to school, total career change…your focus lies there, and you may not be able to commit to or keep your full-time job.

Before you make the decision to quit your job, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If it is something that can be fixed, try negotiating. If it’s not, then it may be time to move on.


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