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Things to Consider Before Leaving Quitting Your Job

Updated on June 6, 2012

There is a saying that winners never quit and quitters never win.

Is it worth it?

Is not quitting worth abandoning your goals and giving up on your dreams?

There comes a time when we need to take a step back from the situation we are in and scrutinize it to see if our efforts are really worth it.

The same mantra can be taken when it comes to deciding where you stand in your current job. There are many reasons why you can quit your job. Many of them may be very good reasons but are they good enough?

Before quitting your job, it is up to you to look at the situation carefully and decide whether quitting your job is a good decision.

Here are a few things to consider before quitting your job.

Reason why you are quitting

Are you quitting your job because of where the business is heading? It may be that the business is taking a nosedive with no possible hope of resurfacing. It may be going bankrupt or it may be simply because of bad management practices. Before quitting your job, be sure to pinpoint the exact reason why you want to quit. If the reason is childish and nonsensical then probably there is a better way of looking at the problem.

If you want to find out how logical your reasons are for leaving, here is what you can do.

Imagine you are a business owner conducting an interview with a hopeful employee. You ask the applicant why they had quit their previous job. If the response they give (your reason) makes you question their reliability and ability to function in the workplace then the reason for quitting is probably not a good one

Are you quitting your job because the relationship between you and another employee has turned sour? Is it because you think your boss is taking advantage of you? Is it a relationship that cannot possibly be mended?

It is important not make a rash decision when quitting your job. It is best to think over the situation when you are calm. Quitting your job in the heat of a moment might be a big mistake.

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How would you describe the relationship between you and your employer?

Before calling it quits, describe the relationship between you and your employer. Would you describe it as a friendly but professional relationship? Is the relationship tinged with malicious and demeaning comments and actions? The relationship between your employer and you is important. If you decide to quit your job, it helps to have a good relationship with your employer. This does not mean you have to be bar friends, I simply mean that a professional relationship at its least may be beneficial.

When applying to a new job, you may be asked to bring a reference from your previous employer. It helps to have a prospective employer hire you without any reasonable doubt.

If the relationship between you and your employer has turned sour, do your best to mend this relationship before you quit.

Are You in Debt To Anyone At The Workplace?

No one appreciates being robbed. Before you decide to quit your job, make a list of your coworkers that you owe. If you do owe money to your coworkers, try to repay them before you leave or talk to them. Tell them that you are quitting and reassure them that you will keep in touch and repay them. If you do not have another job lined up to take the place of the one you are leaving, postpone quitting if possible and be sure to repay them.

How will quitting under the circumstances affect future job searches?

What are the current conditions at the workplace? Is there a major conflict that is pending a resolution? Will quitting under the circumstances shed negative light on your character?

Will you be able to get a job before savings run out?

How much money have you been saving from your current job? How long will it take you to find a new job before your savings run out? It is important to consider this. There is no definite time frame that one can depend on when it comes to job-hunting. To be on the safe side, you can start job-hunting before you quit your job.

How much money is put away for you to live on and support your dependents?

Before you decide to quit your job, it is necessary to have enough money saved to support yourself and your family until you can find a new job or at least until you have received your first paycheck from your new job. To find out if you have enough money stashed away make a list of all your expenses. Find out if you will have enough money to pay the bills, rent or mortgage, food, and other basic needs. Be sure to include emergency expenses in the case of illness or an accident.

Are there benefits that you need to capitalize on before you quit?

Some businesses assist their employees with obtaining health insurance, life insurance, and other payment schemes that will be beneficial in the long term. By capitalizing on these benefits before quitting, you will be able to pick up where you left off by the time you get a new job. The payment for a few of these payment schemes are directly withdrawn from your paycheck. This means there is little to no work for you to do. All you need to do is keep track of the withdrawal amounts indicated on your pay stub and do frequent checks to make certain that the monies are being received and logged into the right account.

Quitting your job is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a serious decision with very serious consequences. After going through the pros and cons of quitting, be sure that the decision you make is one that you will not regret


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    • Loi-Renee profile image

      Loi-Renee 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I'm glad it turned out well for you. Most people are not that lucky. Then again, it isn't really a matter of luck, people who can act on the impulse decision to quit their jobs and not regret it are either well-qualified or have always had a backup plan.

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      kate12402 5 years ago from Storrs, CT

      This was a really well-written hub! I quit my job at Target last year, and now work at a medical software company. I'm sooo glad I quit, but I got lucky. It was an impulse decision, and it could have turned out badly for me. Wish I'd read this then :)

    • miakouna profile image

      miakouna 5 years ago

      Great hub. Great information.

    • Loi-Renee profile image

      Loi-Renee 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Alipuckett. It is an important decision, one that should not be taken lightly.

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      alipuckett 5 years ago

      These are all important things to consider before leaving a job. It should be a decision that is carefully planned, rather than a knee jerk reaction.