If you’re seriously unhappy, sometimes you just need to quit your job and move on. Of course, the thought can be incredibly daunting, and that’s how many people become stuck.
But whether it’s been a week or ten years, if it’s an unhealthy situation, it might be worth rethinking. Sometimes you really do just have to bite the bullet and quit your job. Just don’t do it before you read these tips.
Before making that final decision, spend some quality time contemplating your reasons for wanting to leave. Can any of them be rectified? Do you have any control over the things that bother you? Are there alternatives to quitting outright?
If it’s the environment, perhaps you could move to an alternative location. If it’s the commute, perhaps your employer might let you work remotely a few days a week. See if there’s a solution to your problems first and foremost.
Few people can afford to just up and quit without a backup plan or a new job lined up. Before leaving, try to tough it out a while longer while you prepare for the inevitable.
Prepare a clean, updated resume and/or a portfolio, spruce up your LinkedIn page, and start looking for new opportunities.
Figure out whether or not you can afford to be unemployed for a while and prepare yourself financially as well. If you’re quitting as opposed to being laid off, you likely won’t be able to collect unemployment benefits.
Whether you like your employer or not, it’s always best to part ways on good terms. There’s a good chance your next hiring manager could contact your former boss and/or associates. Plus, you might even need to ask for a recommendation from your old employer. There are really many reasons why maintaining a professional appearance is of the utmost importance when quitting a job.
This also means you should, ideally, give your employer at least two weeks’ notice if possible. Keep your reasons both vague and brief and avoid oversharing.
If you’re experiencing legitimate harassment or discrimination or you feel unsafe at work, it’s okay to leave sooner than later. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission does have laws to protect you in some cases. You should likely also meet with an attorney if you’ve been the subject of discrimination or harassment.