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Quitting is permanently and voluntarily
leaving a job. It is not usually a good career or
Nor is it usually a good way to start your career
change, unless you need to be in training full-time.
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" (em-
ployed) 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 "ac-
tive" job seekers) and, second, happily employed peo-
ple who are not looking for new jobs (a.k.a. "passive"
Obviously, the most desirable potential employees
are those passive job seekers who aren't looking for
The passive job seekers are happily employed be-
cause they are well-paid, successful people. It seems
very similar to the "playing hard to get" dating strat-
egy. It's not logical and very often not true, but it is
If you quit your job, you are automatically includ-
ed 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 employed.
TIME FOR A STEALTH JOB HUNT.
People do lose their jobs when their employers dis-
covers that they are job hunting - not 100% of the
time, to be sure, but often enough to make search-
ing from home and being careful at work a very wise
strategy. These days LinkedIn makes it much easier
to conduct a stealth job search, so be sure to have a
100% complete LinkedIn profile.
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 organization. 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 em-
ployers. 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 you.
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
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 experts).
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People do lose their jobs when their
employers discovers that they are job
hunting - not 100% of the time, to
be sure, but often enough to make
searching from home and being
careful at work a very wise strategy.
These days LinkedIn makes it much
easier to conduct...
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