Our complete guide to figuring out the best time to call it quits at your current place of employment, and how to go about doing so.
Quitting a job is no easy process, regardless of whether you’ve done it before.
That doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile. Oftentimes, when you’re in a bad situation, quitting your job is the only option left to you.
But it’s that same difficulty of quitting that can make the question of whether or not you SHOULD quit a difficult one to answer.
When you understand how tough the process of leaving a job is, it can make you feel more willing to put up with employment circumstances no one should have to encounter.
So how do you tell when a job is bad enough that it’s worth quitting?
And how do you quit a bad job without alienating everyone you ever worked with?
There will come a point in everyone’s career at which a change of scenery isn’t just preferred — it’s necessary.
At times like these, the writing is usually on the wall, but even so, it’s not always easy to read.
Here are a few signs you might want to start thinking about leaving your current job:
Leaving your current job without first preparing yourself for what comes after is a lot like jumping from a plane without a parachute.
Like, sure, you could potentially survive. The world is an uncertain place, and past events cannot predict future ones. Anything could happen.
But I mean, the chute is right there. It only takes a little more time to put it on before you jump.
“Trust me, I’m a good jumper. If I just roll at the right time I’ll be fine.”
So before you hand in your two weeks’ notice, take a week or two and think — what can you do to help prepare yourself for life after you leave?
Here are a few examples of things you might want to do before you quit your job:
So you’ve done all your prep work — you’ve got a new job lined up, maybe even with better pay than you had before — and everything seems like it’s coming up Milhouse.
It can be tempting at this point to want to use the moment of quitting your job as a big mic drop, where you finally tell your boss all the things you’ve always wanted to.
All the little indignities you suffered, all the nights worked with no overtime, all the times you were ever embarrassed or made to feel small — it’s easy to feel like now is the last time you’ll have to tell them how you really feel.
This would be a huge mistake.
Don’t do it. Don’t! Don’t drop it. Seriously. Cut it out.
Tempting as it can be, this is just not the way to go.
Like it or not, you don’t know where your life is going to be, and more specifically, you don’t know whose recommendation is going to make or break you getting further jobs down the line.
With that in mind, here are a few tips for leaving your job without burning all the bridges you built before now:
That’s all for this one! Just keep in mind:
Above all, when quitting your job, you should try act appreciative — even if you’re not.
Quitting a job is a sticky social situation, but more than anything else it’s an exercise in humility.
Regardless of your relationship with the people you worked with or for, you need them to think well of you.
So say thanks to anyone at the company who might have helped get you where you are today.
Then get the hell out of there.
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