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Quitting is permanently and voluntarily leaving a job.
Unless you have another job lined up (written job offer
in hand that you have officially accepted), quitting is not
usually a good career or financial move.
Do not quit a job based on a verbal offer. Get the new job
offer in writing, first.
Exceptions exist, of course. If continuing to do your current
job involves you in potentially illegal activity or if you feel your
life, health, or safety are at risk, then quitting may be your only
- and your best - option.
However, typically it is not a good idea to quit one job before
you have landed the next one.
Why not quit?
Two primary reasons:
Recruiters and employers prefer "passive" (employed) job
seekers. NOT logical, but definitely reality!
Many recruiters and employers currently believe that the
world of job candidates is divided into 2 parts: first, people
looking for new jobs (also known as "active" job seekers) and,
second, happily employed people who are not looking for new
jobs (a.k.a. "passive" job seekers).
Obviously (to employers, at least), the most desirable
potential employees are those passive job seekers who aren't
looking for jobs.
The passive job seekers are happily employed because they
are well-paid, successful people. It seems very similar to the
"playing hard to get" dating strategy. It's not logical and very
often not true, but it is human nature.
If you quit your job, you are automatically included in the
less desirable active job seeker category of "active" job seeker.
Following this somewhat twisted logic, if you are still
employed, however tenuously and unhappily, the fact that you
are currently employed makes you more interesting to
recruiters and employers than you would be if you were not
Even though employers prefer job seekers who are currently
employed, most of them view one of their own employees who
is job hunting as "disloyal" or a "risk" to the organisation. They
fear that customer lists or product secrets or something
critical will be stolen by the departing employee and given to
the new employer, possibly a competitor.
Often, your current employer's competitors could be your
next employer. But, proceed cautiously when contacting and
interviewing with these potential employers. It is possible that
they might be interested in you only for information they
could get from you about your current employer - a big risk for
What if you've already quit your job?
Hopefully you quit for a really good reason, not because you
were angry with someone or embarrassed about something.
So, time to move on. You will get a new job, and the best way -
by far - is to network your way to that next job. Networking
beats resume distribution, even online, much more than half
the time (networking works 80% of the time according to the
Landing the "right" job with the
"wrong" employer can be both a waste
of time and bad for your career. You
could also find yourself back in the job
market too soon. And, in job
interviews, you would have the added
obstacle of carefully explaining why
you didn't stay in that job -- needing to
avoid looking like a "job hopper" or
someone who is "difficult" to manage
or work with.
How to Avoid this Mistake?
It's not that hard, but it does take some
time and effort to focus on your future. The
payoff will be enormous, but sometimes we
get into such a gotta-get-of-here rush that
we don't want to take the time to pay
attention to where we are going.
Ignore the need to rush, and you'll be
happier in that next job, hopefully for a long
Know what you want to do.
It's much more difficult to succeed in a
job when you don't enjoy it. So take the time
to identify exactly the work you enjoy
doing. That's your "target job." It's probably
OK to have a couple of them, but don't have
more than two or three.
Knowing what you want to do enables
you to focus on those opportunities that will
be the best jobs for you. Jobs you could stay
in happily for many years.
Target good potential employers.
You don't want to be the last person hired
before the layoffs begin, so researching
potential employers before you apply is a
good way to spend your time.
Which employers hire people to do what
you want to do?
Is your interest in one of the classic
"staff" functions like administration,
finance, information processing, and
Most employers need those functions --
from business and non-profits to education
and government. So don't limit your
options to just one business sector.
Once you have a list of possibilities,
research the potential employers, by name,
to see what is being written about them. If
you find negative comments about an
employer posted by former employees, take
them with the proverbial "grain of salt"
unless you see a large number of them from
many different people. Angry people are
more apt to make their feelings known than
happy ones, generally.
Network. Network! NETWORK!
Once you know what kind of job you
want, and have identified good potential
employers for you, it's time to put your
network to work for you. It's also time to
expand your network, and yes, you DO have
a network of people you know now and have
known in the past, people you went to
school with, people you've worked with.
Obviously (to employers,
at least), the most
employees are those
passive job seekers who
aren't looking for jobs.
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