Boss upset you? Think before you quit!

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on Jul 19, 2014. Posted inBlogging In Balance

Your boss doesn’t appreciate you.  He or she doesn’t realize how hard you work or how I quitmuch you contribute.  Then the last straw comes.  You have been putting in extra hours on top of extra hours to complete a project and you don’t even receive a thank you.  Only indifference.

So you quit!  Let them try to run this department without you.  It will probably take two people, if not more, to replace you.  Good luck, I’m out of here!

WAIT!!! 

We have seen this situation over and over, only we often see it when it is already too late.  This plan of action never has the results you think at the time.  The employer doesn’t really get inconvenienced as much as you think.  In fact you are right, they frequently do end up restructuring the job and splitting up the duties, but that doesn’t really hurt them.  In fact, it helps them in the long run.  Typically the only person that gets hurt in this situation is… you.

No matter how good the job market is, it is always better to find a job from a job.  It may be less convenient, but you always end up with a better choices than when you look while unemployed.  We frequently hear that it is difficult to look for a job while you are working, and that certainly is true, but the results are always better if you don’t have the intermediate period of unemployment.

penniesWhen you are unemployed and looking for a job, you rarely have an opportunity to get a raise.  In other words, if you quit a job making $45K and become unemployed, you most likely will only get offers as high as $45K.  In fact, you may even have to take a step back in order to get your foot in the door.

The other detrimental effect is that it can start a downward spiral in your career.  If you down arrow buttonend up being unemployed for an extended period of time, then employers will start to wonder what is wrong.  They start to think that there must be more to the story, which in turn can cause you to be unemployed even longer.

In these cases frequently people end up settling for a job that they would likely have never considered so that they can just get back to work.  It’s the right answer at the time, but it still lines you up for more rapid job changes in the future as you try to climb back up to where you were before.

The next time you feel the urge to quit your job and take your chances being unemployed, take a step back and consider the long-term consequences.  Call someone you trust and get their opinion on your situation.  If you end up deciding it is best to quit then at least it will be a decision you have made calmly and with advice from friends.

Until next time, I wish you the best in your career.

Mark Goldman   CPA