Have you ever quit a job and not had another one lined up?

@dmillman (2273)
United States
January 25, 2007 6:40pm CST
OK, I know that most of you will say that it's stupid to quit a job without having another one lined up, and that's OK. I just want to know how many people have actually done so. If you have, why did you? What happened? How long did it take to find another job? Do you regreat your decision to quit? Did you tell others what you did, or did you lie about it?
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12 responses
@ginny36 (267)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I've always been afraid to do this. Every time I've been in a job I hated, or one which just wasn't fulfilling to me, I've also been in a financial situation where I couldn't afford to not have a guaranteed paycheck coming in. I have been in one situation where I hated the office culture and type of work I was doing so much that I accepted a lower-paying job in order to be able to resign and get out of my current situation.
@dmillman (2273)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Well that stinks! I've never been in a financially OK position to do so either, but I wanted to trust my instincts, so I did. I think I'm giving up on trusting my instincts.
• United States
1 Feb 07
I have left jobs a dozen times without having another one lined up. I'm what you would call the "work when I want to" worker. I always put my job as a Mom as top priority. Whenever my job interferred with my husband's schedule or my children's, I would quit. I never gave it a second thought. When my children were older, I went to work full time. Just when I thought I had become a "REAL" worker. I learned I was pregnant. I have been sitting on my butt since than. I have found some interesting ways to make money online and as far as I'm concerned it's pays better than going to work part time.
@dmillman (2273)
• United States
1 Feb 07
trouble4u2avoid, could you share some of those great online money-making things with me? I'd love to be able to do that too. Well, I don't have kids to stay home for, but I'd prefer to work from home so I could help out my husband with his business. I anxiously await your reply.
@linoleum (200)
• Indonesia
1 Feb 07
Well, I was in that kind of situations. I hate my nagging boss, so we have fight and the next day, I resign. But, I always spread my resume to several company, so in one week of unemployment, I got the new one.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
1 Feb 07
You're a lucky one too. I've hadmy resume all over and it seems to be doing no good for me - UGH!
• United States
1 Feb 07
I have done it a couple of times. I don't regret it. It needed to be done. Once I found another job in less than a week, and the second time I was married and decided to stay home for a while afterwards.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
Yep, I quit back in October and expected to be working again by Christmas. I haven't found a new job yet.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I'm in the same boat as you. I left in September, thinking that I was going to be chosing between two job offers.....and lo and behold.........I wasn't offered either of them. I've done some temp work in between, but still haven't found a full-time, permanent job.
@carmat (2850)
• Canada
1 Feb 07
I have never done this, I got my first job at 16 and have never been with out a job not even for a day. I was raised with a strong work ethic, growing up on a farm we did chores every morning and night and it consumed our entire life growing up other than going off to school during the day. I can not imagine not regularily working I think it would be very relaxing, I would certainly enjoy the extra time with my wife and kids.
@dmillman (2273)
• United States
1 Feb 07
That's nice for you to be able to have that strength. Good for you.
@listen2me (511)
• United States
27 Jan 07
i have. and i have been unemployed for the last 2 weeks. but i thought i had a job lined up. except i found out that we didnt worl when it rained. RAIN! this is louisiana. i might never get paid. but i've been liying so far. it almost sounds better when i say i got fired lol.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I left without having a job lined up, but I really thought that I had a job. The interview went so well, and I wanted it so bad - it was all so perfect. Apparently it was too perfect. I lied to just about everyone about the situation and it's driving me nuts. I need to find another job to stop the lies. I don't know why it's so easy for me to lie, and so hard to tell the truth. I'm not a bad person. I mean, I don't lie about everything. It's just that I'm great at coming up with lies to cover my tracks, to get out of doing things, etc. Gee, too bad there wasn't a career for that (besides politicians - hehe).
@mishang (499)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
yes, i just did it recently. i don't love the job that i am doing that's why even that there is no other jobs to be lined up, i already quit it. i never regret that decision because i never felt so miserable having that job.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I got burned out, so I left on good terms while I still could. I felt that if I stayed there any longer I wold have gotten into trouble by telling them exactly what I think, and it wouldn't have been in kind words. I did the best that I could there, and that was all that I could do. I tried hard to stay, but it just wasn't meant to be.
@eolivan (414)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
I have also quit my job since last May 2006, and until now I still don't have one, and looking. the problem is I don't have a degree so it's really harder to find one. Didn't have to lie about it since I was working for an aunt and my brothers are also working there :) been there for 10 years already. Although I didn't regret my decision to quit, I think I should have just done it way before so that I can still adjust easily on any jobs.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I know exactly what you mean. It's hard to get a job right now. Actually, at this moment I'm taking care of my dying grandmother. I know I'm gonna probably end up in the poor house over it, but I don't care. I have to do this for her. Well, I mean, I want to. I just feel that this is where I need to be right now.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
I only did it once because I had too. My boss wanted me to work late, I explained to her that I had to leave to get my son from daycare but that I could come back in hour to finish the job, after taking him to his Granny's. She looked me straight in the eye and said if you leave don't come back. I handed her my office keys and left. I will always pick my kids over a job.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
27 Jan 07
WOW! I can't believe that your boss gave you that kind of ultimatum. I don't know anyone that would have stayed.
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I did. I was tired of working nights and wanted to do more. So, I talked it over with the hubby and I quit. I had no clue what I was going to do but I felt I had to. I ended up going to back to school.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
26 Jan 07
So, did it change your life for the better in the long run, or are you still deciding? It's nice that you spoke to him about it and got his support.
@bison007 (254)
• Indonesia
26 Jan 07
It's not wise decision if you quit a job and don't have another one. I never done it, I always have new job and of course better when I quit my job. You should find one first before you quit a job.