Frustration with work is a part of life, but it doesn't have to be a constant source of stress in your life. According to author Sandeep Jauhar, only 6 percent of physicians report feeling truly happy with their jobs. If you're not satisfied with your current position, consider these three steps before you quit.
1. Stay focused on your current job
If you've been frustrated with your current position for quite some time, and you've recently decided to call it quits, take a moment to slow down. Emotions can run high when you're determined to leave, but this should never be an excuse for you to not give 100 percent at work. Try to maintain positive relationships with other clinicians as well as members of the support team and administrative staff. As you pursue new opportunities, you'll need references from individuals who are familiar with your work.
At the beginning of your search for new physician job opportunities, commit to staying positive and proactive at your current employer. In general, you should try to line up another job before you quit your current one. Priscilla Claman, an expert career coach, explained in the Harvard Business Review, that the two instances in which you should leave your job before receiving another offer are when you believe something unethical is happening at work, or your current position is negatively impacting your health outside of work.
2. Talk to management about the issues you're having
When something happens at work that makes you unhappy, it's natural to want to leave for a new position as soon as possible. However, you should be prepared for a long job search. Through networking you may be able to find a new position speedily, but it's best to be ready for the long haul.
If waiting doesn't seem very appealing to you, see if there's any action you can take to make your current situation more bearable. For instance, if most of your complaints about the job involve the administration, consider setting up some time to talk with your managers about your feelings. A constructive conversation could be the only thing standing between you and a fulfilling work life. Try not to mention that you're thinking of quitting, or that decision may be taken away from you.
3. Start looking for a new position
The best time to start looking for a new position was yesterday. The next best time is today. Focus on your physician job search by avoiding all-purpose job boards that cater to every career under the sun. Medical job boards like myHealthTalent are designed to connect physician job candidates with professional medical recruiters.
Sign up for myHealthTalent job alerts today. If you’ve been frustrated with your current position for quite some time, and you’ve recently decided to call it quits, take a moment to slow down.