This week, Craig Siminski, of CMS Retirement Income Planning, shares an article discussing some things to keep in mind if you’re considering quitting your job this year.
About 4.3 million U.S. workers quit their jobs voluntarily in December 2021, after a record 4.5 million quit in November — the largest number since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began recording voluntary job separations in December 2020.
There are plenty of theories about why people are quitting in droves, including a strong job market and pandemic-induced worker burnout. Regardless of your reasons, here are a few important considerations to keep in mind before you join the employment exodus:
Your Plan Should Reflect Reality
Unless you already have a new job lined up, be realistic about how long it might take to re-enter the workforce.
According to the BLS, almost one-third of individuals who were unemployed in December 2021 had been out of work for 27 weeks or more. Could you afford to maintain your current lifestyle without being paid for six months or even longer? You might need sufficient savings to cover your expenses for at least that long.
You May Incur New Expenses
Voluntarily leaving your job can affect your financial security in other ways, too. For example, you might lose important workplace benefits, such as typically more affordable group life, health, and dental insurance, and access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan.
Maintaining these benefits while unemployed could be financially burdensome at best — or impossible at worst. Before giving notice, assess your…
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Craig Siminski is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, with more than 25 years of experience. His goal is to provide families, business owners, and their employees with assistance in building their financial freedom.
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