First, there is a right and wrong way to quit. If you hate your job and need to quit, do it the right way. Quitting work in an unprofessional manner burning bridges along the way can come back to bite you 10 to 15 years down the road. My sales recruiting company has seen it happen to people before.
If found in the above situation, try these 4 steps; implement properly through self-discipline and the outcome will be 100x better for you.
1. If you’re hating your job and are about to scream, never make any important decisions, let alone make a career decision. The smartest people make decisions based on impartial evidence rather than off-the-cuff emotion.
The worst type of business people let their emotions control them, not the other way around. Make a pact with yourself that you will not make a decision to let that sudden hate for your employer get the best of you when frazzled. Take a breather so you can think straight before telling your boss how much you hate your job and that you are leaving.
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2. Determine to what extent you mean by “hating.” As the term is somewhat ambiguous full of varying degrees. For example, there is petty stuff such as “my boss ignores me,” then there the polar opposite which is my boss harasses me. If it’s the latter, then the applicant should leave right away. If this is not the case, one must determine whether their financial situation is conducive to unemployment and “resume dings”, by which I mean:
- Financial Stability – Can you afford to be out of work for over 4 – 5 months? I’d rather have a job that I dislike or even hate than to be broke.
- While you’ll probably find a job a lot quicker, stress breeds poor interviewing performance and you want to be calm and collected when finding a job – a task stressful enough on its own.
- Employment Stability – Picture yourself in the next interviewers’ shoes. Will they look at your resume and consider you to be a flight risk? If you’ve had a lot of jobs in a short period of time, and you’re not being harassed, I would suggest that you think twice about letting that contempt make you quit. Employers want employees who are stable and your past experiences hold more weight than your spoken word…that I promise you. Also, never tell an interviewer that you were hating your last job…fyi.
3.Start looking around to find a new job on your free time, never quit on the fly (give your two weeks) and try to stick it out until you have another job. Easier said than done, however use your free hours to begin writing a resume and searching.
Treat the new job search like a side job. Plus, you get better employment offers when you’re still working. Employers may lower your salary offer thinking you’ll accept less and, eventually you may be forced to do so. Current employment is a great leverage in salary negotiations because it gives you another “out” and the employer will pay more to mitigate the chances of you staying at your current job.
4. Better Relationships. While this is happening, improve your current work relationships and do so even if you have to bite your tongue. First, never assume that the people are going to be better at your new job, rather focus on becoming better with people.
Interpersonal relationships, when it comes to a solid career may even be more important than intelligence and drive combined b/c nobody can be successful in a vacuum. Even Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had to learn how to manage and deal with employees to reach their goals.
In the End
Just because your employer lost his or her professionalism, doesn’t mean that you act at their level. Don’t show that you are hating your job, rather be above it, be professional and realize that you can’t control others, you can only control what actions you take.
Ken Sundheim runs a highly respected executive search firm by the name of KAS Placement Sales Recruiters a sales and marketing recruiting firm and, among other things, his organization was a finalist to be on Forbes’ America’s Most Promising Company’s list, is currently pitching a career show to a major production house for a TV series on job search and, on his spare time, he enjoys teaching classes at NYU.