Time For A Change? 8 Reasons For Leaving Your Job

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 6/14/23 1:37 PM


2023 is set to see an increase in employee turnover with at least three-quarters of the American workforce actively pursuing alternative employment. It’s a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, but as a candidate, how do you know when it’s time for a change?

These are some of the reasons we hear most frequently at SkyWater in no particular order (and it’s not all about the money):

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Before You Quit Your Job – Read This!

Posted by Paul Beard on 6/7/23 9:42 AM


At SkyWater Search we know from our experience of talking to candidates on a daily basis that a growing number of disgruntled employees are desperate to quit their current job before securing their next career move. If you are intent on resigning without a formal job offer from a new employer, take our advice and read this article.

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5 Ways To Quit Your Job Gracefully

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 5/31/23 9:37 AM


In a recent blog titled "Before you quit your job, read this!" we gave some advice on how to get your ducks in a row before leaving your current role, to set yourself up for success during the upcoming time of change. If you have now secured your next career move, it’s time to hand in your notice.

The way most people quit their job ranges from a spontaneous walk-out to agonizing over how to explain their decision to leave to their boss and colleagues. Some professionals become so anxious about quitting they decide not to accept an alternative job offer.

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Quitting Your Job: How To Handle The Exit Interview

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 5/24/23 9:53 AM


You have an exciting job offer and you’ve quit your existing job, eager to get started in your new role. Now your current employer has asked for an exit interview, the thought of which fills you with dread. What do you do?

It’s HR policy in many companies to request an exit interview. This gives the hiring manager the chance to find out exactly why you are leaving the company and your views on working for them. This can be a difficult situation for many employees, especially if your time with your employer has not been a happy one. Do you air your grievances about your co-workers and your boss or do you smile and claim it’s “nothing personal?”

The decision is up to you, but as with every interview, preparation is the key. Our tips below will provide you with a good starting point.

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Quitting Your Job? Get Some Sleep First

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 4/11/23 9:13 AM


An under-explored lesson from the Great Resignation.

Two years into the pandemic, a Jobsage mental health poll found that most (55%) of American workers had experienced “significant stress” within the past year, with 38% reporting symptoms of depression. In addition, a staggering number reported that it had become difficult for them to even work at their jobs, citing very specific reasons: 37% reported a “lack of motivation,” 36% named anxiety, and 31% pointed to “feelings of anger.” When asked why they had resigned, more than a quarter of respondents (28%) said it was because of the job’s “impact on their mental health.”

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Resignation Letter Template

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 12/14/22 9:34 AM


Example Resignation Letter

Dear [Your Boss' Name],

Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning from my position as [Your Job Title] with [Your Company]. My last day will be [Friday, December 23, 20XX].

Thank you so much for the opportunity to work in this position for the past [two] years. I’ve greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities I’ve had to [grow our marketing team], be a part of [managing a great client], and work with my fellow colleagues. I’ve learned so much about [management] and the [digital marketing] profession.

I’ll do everything possible to wrap up my duties and train other team members over the next two weeks. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help during this transition.

I wish the company continued success.


[Your Name]

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Quiet Quitting: Yes, even your best managers are at risk

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 11/9/22 8:58 AM


According to Gallup, only one-third of managers are engaged at work.

You’ve heard the term by now, but the phrase “Quiet Quitting” is a pretty confusing name for an alarming trend, one that every employer of white-collar professionals needs to understand – and get ahead of quickly. To solve the problem, employers must first fully grasp what quiet quitting looks like, what causes it, and who is most vulnerable. The concept is better captured by another phrase that has emerged lately: "Act your wage."

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Desperate to Quit Your Toxic Job?

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 9/26/22 12:45 PM


Are you stuck in a job you hate? Over the course of a career, most of us will endure a bumpy patch here or there: moments of feeling overworked, unchallenged, underappreciated, disappointed, badly bossed – or just plain bored. They’re awful. But they’re usually brief.

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A Surprisingly Easy Solution to Executive Burnout and Resignation:

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 8/30/22 8:30 AM


It may be time to rethink your Executive Assistant Recruiting Strategy

According to a very recent Deloitte study, 57% of employees report that they want to quit their current jobs to find an employer that “better supports their well-being.”

That’s a staggering statistic, given that the Great Resignation has been going on for more than two years.

But check out this far more stunning – and sobering – finding: nearly 70% of C-suite leaders say that they, too, are actively considering leaving, for the same reason. As an executive recruiter, I’m not surprised by the number. Twin Cities organizations, like those throughout the country, are struggling to attract, hire, and retain talented senior leaders. (It’s a reality that keeps me incredibly busy.) But we should all be alarmed by the reasons for these vacancies.

Most point squarely to one overwhelming reality for today’s executive: burnout.

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Don’t let your Great Resignation become your Greatest Regret

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 4/11/22 11:00 AM


The role of self-awareness in making the career move that’s right for you.

A few weeks ago, my good friend and long-time colleague, Melissa Albers invited me to be a guest on The Self-Awareness Journey, the podcast she hosts with JJ Parker. She wanted to talk about The Great Resignation and how pandemic-inspired job decisions can affect our careers and, more importantly, our lives.

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