(Closed) Quiting a new job before your first shift? (HR input??)

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
4060 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

What do you have to lose by giving it a chance?

Post # 3
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

If you know its not for you, and you feel misled, then I wouldnt even sign the employment contract. Im not even sure its quitting if you never signed the paperwork to start.

Post # 4
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m in the HR field, and from my stand point, if a company has that high of a turnover rate and very few long-term employees, they probably wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t show up. 

Some may consider it “burning a bridge” but if the comopany is that shitty and you haven’t even signed an agreement yet, you will leave no trace other than a memory to those who were in contact with you.

I say bail. lol

Post # 5
1245 posts
Bumble bee

The fact that you had unpaid training and shadowing would lead me to believe you truly know this isn’t the job for you and that’s all you’d need to express to your hiring manager or HR contact.

It’s less costly to the company for you to quit before starting and then you wouldn’t have to worry about the income there with regards to tax time next year…   That’s more the practical side of me thinking. 

Post # 7
200 posts
Helper bee

When I moved to a new state, I accepted one job only to be offered the one I really wanted a day later. I called the supervisor of the first company and thanked him for his time via voicemail, but never heard back. Since they were leery of interviewing me in the first place due to my out of town address, I worried it would make them look down on other applicants who wanted to relocate. However, both firms work in the same building, and I ran into that hiring manager about six months later. He inquired about my job and congratulated me, and said if I ever wanted to apply again, to give him a call.

Most likely, if the employer has high turnover, they’re used to this. I wouldn’t stress. Just politely tell them you’ve decided you need to concentrate on more schooling, accept another offer, etc – something simple and vague…..and thank them for the opportunity. As long as you don’t air all of your complaints, I don’t think it will hurt the school’s reputation at all.

Post # 8
1306 posts
Bumble bee


Why would anyone agree to unpaid training?

Post # 9
5049 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

About 10 years ago I moved out of my parents home and took up a job in New York.  After three weeks of training I KNEW it was not right for me. I felt horrible that they spent money and resources to train me but I resigned.  The funny thing is that HR didn’t blame me and wasn’t surprised.  It was a risk leaving one job without another set up but it provided motivation to find a new job fast.  The next job I took I stuck with and in a short couple weeks it will be my 10 year anniversary with my company.

Post # 10
81 posts
Worker bee

I am a Groomsmen of a business. The reason they hire 17 people is because they know some are not going to work out. They know that some won’t stay or cut it the first week, and in a couple of months some will realize that they don’t want to work there anymore. By that time, they will probably have already found a replacement for you. Don’t feel bad. If a job is not right for you, then it is better to quit earlier rather than later. It saves HR a lot of hassle. They won’t have to teach you further things, or staff you when they could be giving someone else more hours. They will be annoyed, but since they aren’t paying you for the first few days anyways they won’t be that mad. 

Post # 11
1740 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Yea, unpaid training would have been enough for me to say no.  I didn’t even think that is legal (and I am still seriously questioning if it is, but I guess it may depend on what country you’re in).

Post # 12
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

greenmile12:  I don’t know what country/state you are in, but in the states I’ve lived in the unpaid training would have most likely been illegal. 

Post # 14
220 posts
Helper bee

Ohhhh good luck. Don’t be afraid to quit if you don’t feel it’s right but it sounds like they are ready to put people through the ringer. 

I had a boss who belittled me, made lots of racist and off hand remarks, and I know it wasn’t in my head (people working there gave me a heads up that I need thick skin to be around her and she’s “just like that”). I’m there for a bit longer, but it pays well and I need to tough it out until I move overseas In a few months. Otherwise, I would have left ages ago 

Post # 15
2110 posts
Buzzing bee

Oh goodness – always trust your gut.

I would hand in my resignation if you feel this isn’t for you. Life is too short.

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