Everyone dreams about quitting a terrible job. It’s a beautiful, liberating move, but not something you want to do in the heat of the moment. Quitting without a plan is just a recipe for disaster – as good as it feels to tell your boss you’re never coming back, it’ll be three times as bad begging him or her for you old job back. So today, to help you avoid this, we’ll be looking at how and when to quit your terrible job. \
Step 1: Plot Your Next Move
So you’ve decided that your current place of employment is a drain on your soul. It’s time to move on, you tell yourself. The first thing you need to do is decide where you want to go from here. One of the best things about having a bad job is learning about the sort of work you don’t want to do and the sort of people you don’t want to work for.
So start looking for a new job. It doesn’t have to the first one that grabs your attention – be a bit more selective this time. Remember that you already have a job right now. It’s much harder to find a new gig when you’re unemployed – people can smell desperation on you, like cheap cologne. If you’ve already got a crappy job, make sure your next one is better, or at least less crappy. Otherwise you’re just moving sideways, not forwards.
Step 2: Give Yourself A Chance At Interviews
If you’re already hearing from new employers and want to start scheduling interviews, come up with a way to get to them in good time. What I mean is, don’t sneak around and race across town during your lunch break. The last thing you want to do is show up late for an interview – they are stressful enough as it is. At the same time, you don’t want to get back to your current job late and end up getting in trouble, or worse: fired.
Give yourself the best chance to succeed by taking a morning off to get to your interview early, feeling well-prepared and ready to get hired. Don’t tell your boss you’re going to an interview – come up with a good, water-tight lie,like a dentist’s appointment.
Step 3: Quit With Grace
So you found a new job! Yay! Congrats!
Unless you win the lottery or your current boss is the devil’s step-brother, don’t quit like a clown. There’s no need to insult your boss with some theatric display like you see in the movies. Remember – your coworkers will be stuck with him or her once your prance out the door, so don’t be an asshole.