Post # 1
Just curious. A friend recently quit her job (she started 3 1/2 months ago) because she disagreed with her boss and felt it wasn’t going to work out. She works in a field that while it has a lot of positions, they really only hire in the Spring time. So she will realistically be out of a job until summer time next year. She can do temp work, but no where near a solid/stable income.
Clearly the choice was her’s to make and I support her in making the decision, but personally, I don’t think I would be able to quit without another job lined up. Also, I typically think you can do anything for about a year (look better on the resume) and then make significant efforts to find a new job.
I also had a co-worker whose husband decided to quit his new job because he wasn’t “feeling it.” It wasn’t miserable or extremely difficult in his opinion, he just didn’t like it. He didn’t have anything lined up and is still unemployed (2 months later), but they were both fine with him quitting. She makes a decent income they can live off of, but he definitely needs to find a new job soon. It was the third job he had quit within 2 years. So I guess it wasn’t something new for them.
DH and I have discussed this before too. He was previously in a job he really hated and had been doing for 7 years. We both agreed that as soon as a new opportunity came along, he would switch. But that he wouldn’t quit without another job lined up.
I understand sometimes there are extenuating circumstances and it is everyone’s personal choice/decision, but what are all of your thoughts on quitting jobs?
Post # 2
I’m a firm believer in not quitting a job until you have something else lined up. I was recently in a position with a company where I was not treated fairly and unfortunately I had to stick it out until I found something. With a mortgage and car payments I need an income and I would never want to rely so heavily on my fiancé.
Post # 3
Lbward6: I agree. My biggest fear would be not being able to pay monthly bills. We live well below our combined income, but going down to one income would definitely be much more difficult.
Post # 4
I had to quit my job last year due to some personal issues that needed my full attention and time. I’ve worked for at least 10 years continuously so being out of work was rather difficult. However, I had to do it because of the aforementioned reasons.
In a different situation, I would have stayed until I found a better position. It’s a gamble to quit a job and not have something lined up.
Post # 5
I definitely would want to have something lined up first… I hate not having a plan in place.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium
I think there are cases when it’s ok to quit a job without another one lined up. A couple years ago a left a decent job because of problems with my coworkers and boss. One coworker never bothered to show up, and the boss and HR didn’t care resulting is way more work for me. Another co worker was having breakdowns on a weekly basis and I started getting so stressed out just thinking about going to work because of her she would throw fits in front of guests treated me as her shrink after I repeatedly told her I couldn’t handle it. Finally the longer I worked there and I guess the more comfortable my boss got around me the more comments I would get about my life choices and periodically my race. Nothing was ever out of line, but it made me feel very uncomfortable. At no point was HR really inclined to do anything and I didn’t think it was healthy for me to stay there so I left.
Post # 7
bmo88: If you can afford it comfortably, sure, but if you can’t keep up with your expenses it’s better to suck it up until another job comes along. In a time when people are downgrading positions because they have no other choice, I can’t imagine someone quitting a job because they “weren’t feeling it”. Yikes!
Post # 8
Aquaria: Yeah, if you can afford it, that would be one thing…but honestly, it’s going to be tough for my friend. Her FI is still in grad school and works part-time. She will likely have to ask for help from her parents.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF
I’ve quit jobs without having anything lined up and usually found something else within a week or two. I’m probably an exception, though, and I realize that I’m very lucky to have never been unemployed for any extended period of time. I suppose it depends largely on your field of work, skills, and realistically, whether or not you are willing to take a gamble that you’ll find something better… But no, I don’t believe you should stay somewhere that you know is a dead end just because it “looks better”.
Post # 10
bmo88: I voted the first option but a few years ago I quit my teaching job as I hated it so much. I didn’t have a job lined up but I knew I’d get some work substitute teaching. Worst thing is I was getting married a year later. I knew it was the wrong thing to do but couldn’t stand it any longer.
Post # 11
liameowchelle: By look better I meant that you won’t look like an unreliable employee who quits often. It might not matter in your field, but in my field they seriously side eye job hoppers and often don’t interview them.
Post # 12
bmo88: until a few months ago a would have been ticking the top option… but I’ve just quit a job with nothing to go to. I’ll have been there 6 months when I leave. It was the best decision. I was extremely miserable and because of the location and nature of the job it was affecting all aspects of mylife. ot wasn’t worth it and I am so much happier even with the worry of not finding something for a while.
Post # 13
Not only do I have mountains of bills, but I also need to stay under my health isurance through my job. I can’t imagine quitting without something lined up.
Post # 14
Mizzbouvier14: I’d not really thought about how quitting would affect that sort if thing as I’m UK based. It must be quite a worry for a lot of people over there!
Post # 15
Logically speaking I would never leave a job without having something else lined up. But honestly there have been times where I was thisclose to just taking my stuff and going home and never coming back.
My thinking brain usually wins out in those situations, but there’s sometimes I get pushed and I honestly could see myself walking out without a backup plan