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The Great Resignation: What to Consider Before Resigning

An article recently published in the Washington Post is gaining national attention, The Great Resignation, by Eli Rosenberg. The article highlights that more than 4 million people quit their jobs in August alone. What people are quitting their jobs to do varies across the board. Some are changing careers, others are sitting it out and acquiring new skills while they explore other areas. 

You may be one of the millions of Americans who decided to resign, or you may be on the cusp of considering your options. Whichever team you’re on, there are some critical factors to carefully consider as you navigate these unprecedented times. 

Highlighted Topics Covered: 

  • 4 Steps to Make the Best Decision 
  • 3 Plans You Should Have in Place 
  • The Value of Networking (and tips to make it memorable) 
  • What S.O.A.R Is and Why It Matters. 

4 Steps to Make the Best Decision 

When it comes to deciding whether staying with your current employer is best or if you should join the millions of Americans that are resigning as of late, here are 4 steps to help you decide.

  1. Access your personal situation. Do you have something else lined up already? Doing a free online assessment can be helpful and insightful. Here is a free career interest assessment you can do now.
  2. Access your finances honestly. Where are you financially do you have enough money set aside while you explore other opportunities?
  3. Stay positive while you apply for jobs and make this transition. Rejections and delayed responses, or lack thereof, should not be taken personally.
  4. S.O.A.R. 

What is S.O.A.R? 

S – Sharing with others and seeking information not affirmations 

O – Operating with integrity and being open-minded 

A – Acquire knowledge wherever it comes from and assume responsibility for your career 

R – Respect the rights of others and remember people important to you 

3 Plans You Should Have in Place 

Beverly goes into detail unpacking why each of having these 3 plans in place matters, and why taking the time to carefully consider each will be of the greatest advantage to your next career move.

  • Career plan to chart your path on your employment journey 
  • Strategic plan to help with handling missteps 
  • Transition plan to know whether to stay or leave 


You’ve probably heard someone mention at least once that your network determines your net worth. You may have also heard it said that you are the average of the five people and ideas you most closely associate with. There is validity to both. Beverly also believes that networking is the GPS to employment success. 

Relationships are extremely important. Someone in your network is likely your best contact, and someone who will assist your transition to your next career.

When it comes to your personal branding it’s important to understand that how you communicate, your appearance, and your approach matters, and not just in real life. While we begin transitioning more heavily into an online, digital world since the pandemic started, it’s gravely important to be mindful of your digital footprint.

What do people see on your social media platforms? Are you posting content that wouldn’t be safe with younger eyes around? Was the picture from that party or girls’ night out potentially a deal-breaker for a future employer?

Beverly’s Tips 

  • Master social graces and proper etiquette 
  • Develop a marketing pitch that you deliver naturally
  • Be mindful of the impression you leave with others
  • Make networking a daily activity 
  • Never look for one-sided exchanges, give value as well. Make it a “win-win.”

Employment is about working. Careers are often skill-centered, but it is important to remember people are at the center of every industry and every encounter and opportunity.  

If you are part of the “Great Resignation” or considering it, make sure you are nurturing relationships. Always be ready for opportunities when they arise. 

“Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity. — Anonymous  

Don’t say “no” and miss an opportunity that may not be presented again. It may be the golden opportunity that changes the trajectory of your life. Instead, say I’d like time to think about it” -Beverly Williams


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