(Closed) How soon after being hired can you quit?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Kimber_bee:  First, I would wait until you secure a new job. Second, so long as you give them sufficient notice (2 weeks in most places) then you can quit whenever you want.

Post # 4
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Kimber_bee:  Most businesses will only give you a professional reference “Yes, XXX worked here from 1/1/11 to 2/2/22.”

But I don’t see the issue with quitting after 6 months, especially if you give plenty of notice and explain that you’re moving!

Post # 5
4523 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Kimber_bee:  Depending on your state, there is sometimes a 90 day “probationary” period where the employer and the employee can decide if the other is a right fit, and leave or be dismissed with no questions asked.

But no, I do not feel it is taboo if you leave for a better oppurtunity. I had a crappy sales job I worked for 3 months and during that time was offered my dream HR job…and I took it. Even though I gave the owner a months notice, he still was furious I was leaving. You have to look out for #1.

Post # 6
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsPanda99:  First, I would wait until you secure a new job. Second, so long as you give them sufficient notice (2 weeks in most places) then you can quit whenever you want.

Great advice as usual.  OP you shouldn’t feel guilty at all.  If they didn’t like your work or no longer needed your position they wouldn’t think twice about terminating you so you shouldn’t feel guilty about leaving so long as you put in appropriate notice.

Post # 7
1735 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

A few years ago I started a full-time job in August and then quit in January. I had accepted their job offer under the condition that, after the training period (three months of training from 11 am – 7 pm) was over, I would be put on the daylight shift. (My daughter was pre-K at the time and my Fiance worked 12-hour night shifts from 7 pm – 7 am, so I had to be home in the evenings with her.) Well, after training, they told me I’d need to be on evening shift (3pm – 11 pm) for a few weeks before a spot opened on day shift. I said, okay, I can manage for a few weeks. Two months later, still on evening shift, and they admit that there’s just no availability on day shift right now and they don’t know when there will be. So I had to quit. I’d been there just under 5 months.

I don’t know if it was tacky or taboo or ungrateful, I just did it because I had to. I was a little annoyed that they strung me along with promises of a shift that they knew was unavailable, but I didn’t bring that up to them. I was very nice and polite when I handed in my notice and they were very understanding about it. I still put them down as a reference, and they must say nice things about me, because I haven’t been turned down for another job since.

I think as long as you’re professional and nice about it, you shouldn’t have any issues. I’d just tell them that the reason you’re quitting is because you’re moving. They can’t really get mad at you or give negative reviews of you for that. It’s a valid reason to quit a job.

Post # 10
2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I left a job after six months for similar reasons…..they were surprisingly great about it. Offer to help as much as you can during the transition (for example,  since I was still new and learning things, I offered to make a “how to” binder with some job tasks that were part of the everyday goings on, and I edited the job posting).

Very few places take that stuff personally….people coming and going is all part of business. 

Post # 11
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Don’t quit your job until you have another one. Given the state of the economy and your requirements, it may take you 3-4 months to find something you want anyway! The last two friends I had who quit first had very hard times finding new jobs quickly.  But as soon as you have a new one (with benefits!) then nicely and professionally resign.

Post # 12
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

You can leave whenever you want, but I would make sure you really like and are likely to stay at the new job you take. I worked for a staffing agency at one point (as in I interviewed people for jobs) and I very quickly passed over resumes where people bounced around a lot, to me it shows not knowing what you want and/or a lack of responsibility.


Not saying you’re etiher of those things, and if you’ve only done this once or twice I wouldn’t worry, I’m just saying don’t make a habit of it because it can look bad and be worrying to future employeers.

Post # 13
13248 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would not leave the current job until you have a new one lined up.  It’s really hard to find good work with benefits right now, so I’d hang tight until you get something, and then give your notice to your current employer.

Post # 14
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it’s a little tacky because they had to pay that temp agency A LOT of money to hire you.  That’s what makes the situation more unique than quitting a regular job. Also, it could affect buying a house.  


Post # 15
2212 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you’re planning to buy a house, you should definitely close before quitting your job.  I know of someone who got laid off after their offer to buy a house was accepted and the bank rescinded the mortgage.

And, honestly, like PPs have said, it’s just not smart to quit a job in this economy without having another lined up.

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