Would you quit your job without another one lined up?

@whywiki (6071)
Canada
October 6, 2008 2:27pm CST
I work with this guy and his girlfriend and he gave notice last week. He has no job lined up he is just tired of this one. He plans to rest for a few weeks then look for a better job. In the meantime the girlfriend works full time at the same job. If it were me and my hubby pulled a stunt like that I would have him tarred and feathered. Maybe it is just me but unless I have a new job I would never dream of quitting the one I have. I don't know if he is crazy smart to get out of here or just plain crazy!
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41 responses
• India
7 Oct 08
I will never quite my job before one get lined up. I will also ensure that the job nature and the pay is good. Its better to see the company profile also. Quieting the job before lining up another will put you in unwanted tension and trouble.
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@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I would think that tensions would run high between the two that is for sure!
• United States
7 Oct 08
Generally speaking I have never quit a job without having something lined up to start right away after my notice is up. Except in one case. This was without a doubt the worst job I have ever worked. It was my first job after college, I took it with great intentions of building a career, did my research and everything. When I started the job, it was great, good salary and all. I was working as a recruiter in the temporary staffing industry. If anyone has or is in this industry it would be great to hear your thoughts. I was pumped up about the idea of helping people find jobs, especially because before I went to college I was in the same situation, laid off and not knowing what to do about all those bills piling up. I knew the job was competitive and sales based but I had no idea until my training was up how dishonest and unethical the business (or maybe just the company, this is where feedback would be great) really was. I did get to place a few well qualified candidates in jobs but the other hundred or so applicants I interviewed over the 3 month period, I couldn't do anything for. Some were not qualified, some had not motivation and some I just had no job for them. This is to be expected however, the part that bothered me was that I was not allowed to tell them I had nothing for them or that I couldn't place them anywhere for whatever reason. In fact I had to tell them I had work, LOTS OF WORK!!!!!!! These men and women, desperate to find a job, came to me, most of the time at my initiative, as we constantly trolled the resume banks and unemployment office for prospects, came to me looking for a job, and hope in a sense. I had to flat out lie to 95% of them, and I'm not a liar by nature. The term used by management was that I had to "BAIT THEM", make them think I had a job lined up that was just waiting to start, that way they wouldn't go find another job, and when so me crappy temp job did come up we could send them to work for next to no pay at all and cash in on the profit of 40, 50 and 60% markups we charged the companies. It got to the point where my stomach literally started hurting every time I walked into the office, I think I was getting an ulcer although I never had it checked to confirm. Anyway, I had to leave that job, it was affecting my life away from the office, my family, I wasn't happy. My wife was very supportive, despite her fear, I would have trouble finding a new job, as was I, but it had to be done. I left the job, with no notice, which is something I never do but this company had no respect from me and would not have given me even an hours notice if they wanted me gone. In fact, stories from other employees were that previous recruiters who were being terminated, showed up to work to find the manager standing outside the building with a box of their things, and that was it, just a big SCREW YOU. I was lucky enough to find another job right away and I am happy to say, everything is still going great. So please continue to share your stories, it would be great to hear of anyone else in similar situations.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I think I would have quit that job too. It sounds worse than anywhere I have had to work. It really bugs me when employers ask us to lie for them.
@ram_cv (16517)
• India
7 Oct 08
I would under some circumstances. For one, if I think I have worked enough and want to retire then I would quit. For another, if I am not able to do my job due to issues at the work place, I might quit, take a break and then join a new company. Sometimes, I might quit if I see the opportunity of another job and a strong possibility of netting it as well. But, of course, under normal conditions my answer would be no. Cheers! Ram
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I agree in some circumstances I can see quitting but to just quit with nothing on the horizon is kinda nuts!
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@ram_cv (16517)
• India
9 Oct 08
I absolutely agree on that... Cheers! Ram
@chrislotz (8209)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I have to agree with you. I would never quit a job without another one lined up first. But some people don't care or they just had enough and couldn't take one more day. My husband did that. He worked for the same company for 25 years and one day he just couldn't do it another day and he just handed in his keys to the place and the truck that he was using, company truck, and phoned me to pick him up. He just had enough of the cr?p that was going on and he was bypassed again for a promotion he was working on for the last 15 years. So after he quit they called him about 6 months later, and begged him to come back and talk to them. They offered him the position he wanted and a lot more money. the only problem was he had to move to accept the job. He moved back to Winnipeg and so did I, but after 1 1/2 years I couldn't stand the place and I moved back to Calgary without him. My point is, sometimes it works out to quit a job. Sometimes things work out for the better. Not that a person should call their bluff and quit hoping to go back with what they were working for.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
Sometimes things do happen for a reason and things are better than before but I guess I am just too chicken to risk it all at my age and have to start again.
@chrislotz (8209)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
Hey, I am 51 years old and starting all over again. I didn't stay with my husband in Winnipeg because I hated it there and now that I am back in Calgary I had to start over again. I know it is hard, but I had no choice, in my mind. I am working for myself and it is going not bad. My problem is I don't know anybody here so I need to make some friends to have a social life.
@kyodao (38)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Yep and I have. But then again, I have good skills and education so I'm confident that I will get another job doing something (and I did). If you can hustle and not afraid to take any job just to make money while you are looking for a good job - then you can quit your job without another one lined up.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
Education does help a lot and good skills but if you have neither then you pretty much need to line something up before jumping ship I think.
@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
2 years ago I quit my job without having another one lined up and I said to myself that I'll look for another job and it shouldn't be a problem. But it didn't work out the way I planned. It took me 5 months to find a new job and unfortunately I ran into some money problems because I had no income. So I've definitely learned my lesson and I will never ever quit my job before I had another one lined up again!
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
Life is but one long lesson isn't it?
• Ireland
7 Oct 08
This is a good way to test your trust in unknown. I have done many split second dessisions and I have never regreted them. This is the secret of life, do what feels rith and all rest will ajust. This is just how our limited mind is trying to keep us away from the things that we realy desier. Become good friends with unknown, dont believe your or ather minds,just trust in unknown, it will provide, it never fails. It is beand our minds understanding thats why few make a move in this direction. Where you are now and what you do now is what your mind has allowed you ti have. To get what you realy want, jump off the kliff and you'll see, the net will appier. Tell your friend to quit the job and see what happens.... Regards Sandis
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
That is an optimistic way of looking at things that is for sure and you are right things do tend to work out in the end.
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
Can I ask something? Is he your friend? Well if he is then you should ask him straightly right ? But I think not Because if he is then you have just ask him your self right? then let me tell you this. Those kind of people is just Slacking off. Well I'm pointing them all but if you are really a good worker you're not just going to quit without another job waiting for you. But I thin he has his own way on getting a job or to earn more faster.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
They are both friends and coworkers. I am sad to see him go but worry about her and how she will survive.
@belk89 (1105)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
I have quit my job before but i see to it that i have a new job as a replacement. I never quit a job that easy without figuring it out first if i can find a job if ever i give up the current job. I take into consideration my financial condition and if i know that i will be in trouble if i quit my job even how stressful it is i wait patiently till i find a job hiring and get accepted.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I would quit in a heartbeat if something better was offered but until then I will have to suck it up and stay. I would think that would be the logical thing to do.
@shana123 (2097)
• India
7 Oct 08
Is that guy so confident in getting another job so he wanted a break now? surely if i were his girl friend i will ask him not to quit , i would have been like let him take a break after he gets a job with him.I will not quit my job just like he does if it was for real valuable reason not to tell like i need to take a break or something like that.As now a days there is less job oppurtunities and more employers to be filled in, i dont know how can any one even dream of quitting without a back up
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I dream of quitting but I would never do it without a plan b
@cher913 (25902)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
i have done this but my reasons are for health reasons. i was working 4 hours every day and i just found it too difficult. i was on sick leave (so i got paid some money) all summer and have applied to another job and in the meanwhile i have been doing some arts and crafts and have sold quite a bit. it sounds like the guy gets bored pretty easily - the girl better watch out, he may get bored with her!
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
You nailed that one right on the head. He got tired of his last girlfriend and moved on to the next before finishing with the previous.
@Lee_Rites (846)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Definitely not. I have too many people depending on me. Quitting my job would be very irresponsible. Not saying that he is irresponsible. Maybe he doesn't need the money? Still seems a little immature though.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
Oh he needs the money alright but I guess he feels it is better for the girlfriend to suffer and hate her job but support him.
@kaesta (37)
• Kenya
7 Oct 08
its absolutly crazy since he doesnt have one yet, thats imature of him and he should reconsider
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
That is how I feel too.
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
7 Oct 08
Yes I did. I have done it more than once. I quit my job once to go to university for 5 years full time. It was a risk but I hope to get a better job out of it. As it happens things did not work out quite the way I had hoped but they did work out in time and I got a good job but not the one I was aiming for. I stayed there for 10 years. I quit again just over 2 years ago. My job was making me ill with stress and overwork and I decided to move to a rural area. I tried to get another job before the move but I was not successful. I used my long service leave to make the move and sell my house but I did not manage to get another job and then 6 months after quitting I became ill and have been ill for 2 years so I am unable to work now. I have not had the best luck in the work area but I do believe that my last job made me ill. High stress, too much overtime and not enough time to myself or for a social life. I was just starting menopause and it all got too much. I have chronic fatigue syndrome now.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
Sorry about your illness, that must be hard. I can see quitting a job to move or get a better education but to quit just because is crazy.
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
7 Oct 08
It is not just you! I would not think I of quitting my job and not have another one to go to right away. I say the crazy one is the girlfriend who is still with that guy. I know someone that in the past six years has changed jobs four times. Two of those times he did it with no idea where he might work next. One of those times I got so worried that he was going to end up on the streets from not being able to pay his rent that I did the searching and found him a few places that were willing to hire him and with in two weeks he did take one of the jobs.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I think she is crazy too. Love is blind I guess. I just know she is young and wants a family but I hope she doesn't start one with a guy that can't work full time and quits jobs like they are a dime a dozen. I just hope she ends up alright.
@Gwapako_28 (2142)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
That is crazy hahahaha... Maybe he got a lot of money and he dont need the job yet... And maybe he got a lot of money on his savings account that he can afford to stay at home and just relaxed for the few weeks... Me, i wouldnt do that especially dont have that money that i need when i will stay at home for the few weeks. it will probably break my head on thinking where to get money for my kids foods and need since i am a single parent of 2 kids.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
Fortunately he has no kids but he also has no savings that I know of.
• United States
7 Oct 08
I think it is crazy to quit your job without having another one. Just because you are tired of it? That probably would not be a good thing for your next employer to find out. I think it is easier to get a job when you have a job.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
Whenever I look at a resume and see several jobs that didn't last too long I certainly question why so I think it would look bad on a resume too.
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
I would never quit my job if there was nothing left for me to do elsewhere. I'd only quit if another company already offered me a better compensation than my present work. Or if I planned to get married and have kids or just be a housewife. Looking for a new job takes so much time that your savings gets used up really fast. It's costly to go from interview to interview as well not to mention the opportunity cost.
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I can see quitting if you are going to be a mother or housewife or something but unemployment is expensive. Then you need interview clothes ect. ect.
@deathvans (301)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
hmmn.. I don't know.. But based on my experience, I also done that. hehe.. I've quit a job because I don't like what I am doing.. So I decided to quit then.. Then after almost 1 month, I got lucky and find another job.. Hehe.. That's all.. Hehe.. LOL.. Have a nice day.. ^_^
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I think when I was younger I may have made a leap of faith but nowadays I realize I am lucky to have the job I have.
• India
7 Oct 08
he has done so because may be he is confident enough to find a better job tired of the present job and just wanted to quit the job is not so necessary, he is having other source for living so he would have done that nothing so crazy about it
@whywiki (6071)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
He is confident I'll give him that much but I don't know how fair it is to expect the girlfriend to support him until he gets another job.