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Should You Quit Your Job in a Bad Economy?

Updated on March 3, 2016
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C. E. Clark has managed employees as well as been an employee herself for nearly 50 years.

Should a Person Quit a Job Because He or She Is Unhappy or Hates Their Job?

This article is inspired by a question asked by fellow hubber Sarah Anderson. Her specific question was: “How do I know when a job is bad and I should quit vs life is tough and I should just knuckle under? Like many college grads I can't get a job in my field so I'm stuck doing jobs that don't exactly suit my abilities. And people are mean to me.”

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Current Job Statistics

Between 60 and 70 percent of college graduates never get a job in their field (Forbes). Only 27% of college grads get jobs that are even related to their college majors (Washington Post). The New York Daily News reports that more than 40% of recent college grads are underemployed, taking part-time jobs, and jobs that do not require a college degree at all.

Huffington Post reports that at least 7.9% of recent college grads (not all college grads but only recent ones) are jobless. I personally know many college graduates who are doing minimum pay jobs (often more than one minimum pay job) just to scrape by because that is all they can find in the current job climate.

The current job market is very tough no matter how some people want to paint the economic picture in rosy shades of pink. There are also those people who believe anyone who truly wants a job can find a job – but they did not say you would find a job in your field; just a job.

People who are generally settled in their jobs and have not ever had to find a job in an economic climate such as we are experiencing right now have no clue about what it is like to try and find a job when there are none to be found. Some of these people have been lucky and assume everyone has their good luck, which is far from reality.

Currently, it is not only lazy slothful people who are finding it hard to get a job in this job climate, but even ambitious pure God-fearing people are having a hard time getting a job too.

So think hard about what you will do if you quit your current job and cannot find another one within a month, or even 6 months. Sometimes being homeless, not just living with relatives or friends and mooching off them, but being truly homeless, living in your car or under a bridge with other homeless people, can be harder on a day to day basis than working with surly coworkers and/or difficult bosses.

The New York Daily News reports that 70% of U.S. workers hate their jobs. A lot of the people included in those statistics have been doing the same job for 10 to 20 years or more. Both Huffington Post and USA Today also report the same thing as the New York Daily News -- that most people hate their jobs. This has been so for a long time. Anyone lucky enough to find a job they really love is a very lucky person indeed.

Given the current economic situation here in the United States and around the world, what do you think your chances are of moving from the job you now have (presumably in that 70% group of job haters) into the 30% group that find their jobs somewhere between tolerable and fabulous? You do not have to share your answer with anyone else, but at least be honest with yourself.

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Just Common Sense

Most people agree that if at all possible a person should have their next job lined up before they quit the one they have. The rent does not stop coming due because you have quit your job and have no paycheck, so try to limit the time you are without income as much as possible.

Always be looking for your next job, especially if you are not satisfied with the job you have or know when you take a job that you expect to do it only as long as it takes to get a better or more desirable job.

Possible Solutions Leading to Freedom From the Workforce

Think about self-employment possibilities. Could you make and market a needed and uniquely designed product? Sell it online, door-to-door, or at parties?

Could you offer a specialty service like art classes, computer classes, or individual tutoring to children or adults, or both? Tutors get pretty good hourly rates, and there are businesses that do nothing else.

Determine your strengths, skills, and talents. Could you create a self-employment situation out of one or more of them? Do you have a hobby that could make you money through giving lessons, putting craft kits together, or by selling finished handcrafted items?

Do you have special knowledge of business practices? Could you market a resumé kit, for example, or a kit for people who want to start a new business but do not know where to begin? What marketable skills and talents might you have that are unrelated to your college degree?

Sometimes working at something you love that you have been doing as a hobby is better than working in an area where you have a college degree. I was told 20 years ago that 80 some percent of college graduates never get a job in their field. Today’s statistics seem to be better, but not by much. A lot of degrees are earned in fields where there really is not a lot of demand.

Just the same, most universities and colleges have a lot o requirements in order to earn a degree so that your education will be “well rounded.” What have you learned at college that will help you find a job more to your liking even if it does not seem to relate directly to your field of major?

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Your Employer's Responsibility

Keep in mind that it is an employer’s responsibility to maintain a good work environment. It is not only sexual harassment that can cost an employer big. Allowing a hostile work environment to exist is against the law too.

It is the responsibility of employers to know what kind of environment they have in their workplace, and it is their responsibility to make changes when it is not a healthy environment for everyone to do their jobs without fear of ridicule or bullying of any kind. If they fire someone in a hostile situation they want to be sure they did not fire the victim(s) of that situation lest it come back to bite them you know where.

If you are experiencing a hostile work environment, I recommend that you keep a journal of everything negative that happens, and that you inform your employer that people are nasty and making it difficult for you to do your job. You should not dread going to work from the moment you leave your workplace until you arrive again the next day.

My husband, an employment attorney, handled a case where a person was experiencing both a hostile work environment and sexual harassment as part of that hostility. He won.

Keep a record of the names of people who do or say nasty things as well as exactly what they did or said, the circumstances under which each incident occurred, and be sure to include the date and time. Your journal, ideally hand written, will stand up in court just like a first hand witness account.

Lawsuits are lengthy and should always be seen as retirement funds, not money that will pay the bills right now. Lawsuits take time, but if you think you will need the money 10 years from now just as you do today, then teach them how to run their business better by making sure their work environment encourages a pleasant atmosphere for all workers.

Lawsuits should be a last resort when employers refuse to make necessary changes for the benefit of all of their employees. A good employment attorney will first attempt to come to a solution that satisfies all parties before filing a complaint with the courts.

You have 2 years from the time of the first incident to file a complaint, so be sure to contact an employment lawyer at least 6 months prior to the end of that 2 year period. Keep in mind that even if you do quit because coworkers, a supervisor, or a manager is making it difficult to do your job, you can often still sue. Bullying and demeaning you need not include sexual innuendo or worse.

There are instances where an employer can be sued even when an employee brought no complaint to their attention, but generally your chances of a win are much better if you did inform your employer so that they have a reasonable opportunity to correct the situation before proceeding to legal solutions. Depending on the nature of the complaint, it is often best to seek a solution outside of court because it avoids bad publicity and less expense.

Hopefully both you and your employer want the same thing – a pleasant work environment for everyone. That should be attainable without legal action, but if an employer is unreasonable or unwilling to work for that end, there are other solutions.

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      C E Clark 11 months ago from North Texas

      Glenda, so glad to see you again! Yes, I think it would be so nice not to have to worry about jobs and all the baggage that goes with them. Thank you for taking time to stop by and comment!

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      Glenda 11 months ago

      I am so glad I don't have to worry about jobs any more. Retired and glad, interesting hub.

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      C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

      Brakel2, thank you for taking time to come by, and for your high praise. Hope you found the info here useful. Most of my hubs are basically research papers and rarely about opinion. Blessings to you also . . .

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      Audrey Selig 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi again - I wanted to stop by again to tell you what a fantastic a job you did on this article, especially on the research. It gives numbers and statistics which show a true picture of employment, none of which were surprising, but at least verified. Aufait, you should be proud. Keep up the good work. Blessings, Audrey

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      C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

      Peggy W., thank you for commenting on and sharing this article! Agree that the medical field will always need people who are well trained and skillful. Definitely something to think about when choosing a vocation.

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      Audrey Selig 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      AuFait It is very difficult to find jobs these days in Oklahoma with the oil turndown. I agree that a large percentage of people never work in their field and work at part time or low paying jobs. My son is in his forties and works on contract, unable to get hired by the company. A friend with a masters in one field is now in teaching. Those who go into a medical field ex, nursing seem to stay in that field. Folks who are very intelligent are floundering, as the job competition is fierce. Don't quit a job you hate, because you may never find another one that pays as well.. It is so sad, but somehow people make the best of it. We must keep hope alive. Blessings, Audrey Pinning

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      Peggy Woods 19 months ago from Houston, Texas

      We now have new neighbors who moved in on Saturday. Have yet to take anything over to them welcoming them to the neighborhood...but will do so soon. We found out that our former neighbor has been assured that he will not lose his job and that he will be transferred soon to another assignment.

      They are temporarily bunking in with her sister and family. The husband will have a long commute each day back and forth to work until the transfer does take place. The company must really value his skills when so many others are being let go.

      They were simply making smart decisions ahead of time in case the worst happened.

      I agree with you that some fields seem better assured of job stability...such as medical. Kids starting out should think seriously of training for the jobs of the future!

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      C E Clark 21 months ago from North Texas

      Peggy W., thank you for sharing this article and for sharing your neighbor's story. I think if the agreement with Iran is passed by the Senate we will see lower gas and oil prices.

      While life changes are seldom easy, I would be surprised if your neighbors didn't have savings for a rainy day. Most minimum pay workers don't even have enough to live from day to day, much less make a plan when they lose there jobs and must move on.

      Agree that careers in medical care and closely related areas are wise choices, and science is too, if one has the aptitude.

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Excellent hub as usual coming from you. Sharing.

      Slightly off topic, but I am so sad. Our good neighbors behind us have their home up for sale as of yesterday. I know it won't be long the way houses sell so quickly these days before they are gone. The husband works for a major oil and gas company. His company like so many others in that industry are laying off people in droves because of the lowered price of oil. All of his bosses are already gone and he can see the handwriting on the wall regarding his chances of staying.

      So they are selling their home and scaling back and he is considering what his options are regarding future employment. Not likely to be hired right now in that same industry. He is a hard worker and obviously the company thought well of him since they paid for his entire family to live in another country for several years prior to his current assignment. But they cannot live on air!

      Kids starting out today should have a well rounded education knowing that the odds are great that they will have several jobs...and not necessarily in their same field. The exception would be in some fields like medical where there will always be a need. Even there...one should study and be open to different areas of expertise and keep gaining knowledge through the years so as to be well rounded.

      Am cooking dinner for them tonight while they are getting their home ready to show. So much for them to do! My heart goes out to them!

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      Indian Chef, thank you for reading and commenting on this article, for the votes, the share, and the compliments!

      Let me say, however, that this is not a blog. A blog is something that is added to regularly, daily or at least several times a week. I only update this perhaps one or twice a year as new information becomes available. Further, blogs are usually of a personal nature. This is not merely opinion, but includes facts. This is a magazine type article as are most of the 'hubs' on this site. Thank you again for taking time!

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      Indian Chef 23 months ago from New Delhi India

      What I can say is you put a lot of effort in your blogs. In our country most look forward to Government job because once you get it, you do not have to work and there is no job responsibility. As for work environment well that's totally missing. Loved your work here. sharing, voting up and interesting.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Besarien, thank you for sharing your thoughts and especially your experience on this issue. I think it's wonderful that you have had success, presumably doing something you love, and I hope your comments will encourage people also well able, and with many options, to do what you have done.

      Not everyone has your advantages, or a supportive family, or in some cases, anyone at all. Some people, more than you might think, are lucky just to have a job, even a job they may hate. When times are hard as they have been in this country for quite some time now, quitting a job is for most people, generally something to think very carefully about before deciding what to do.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      I never feel comfy telling other people what to do with their lives. Everyone should do whatever they think is right for them.

      When I found myself in this situation, I quit and started my own business. I had the benefits of business experience, a husband who loved his job, a family who said go for it, and some money in saving that quickly went to my business. I just thought that life was too short to spend the half of the time I was awake doing something that I hated. Selling my life for money- especially really crummy money- is something I promised myself years ago that I would never do.

      I would not be as financially stable today and probably would not have a child now if I hadn't made this choice back then. I'm not even sure I'd be sane, quite frankly.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Peachpurple, thank you for sharing your wisdom here! ;)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      no, never quit your current job unless you are a millionaire's wife!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Tillsontitan, thank you for reading, voting on, and sharing your thoughts on this issue. Agree that there still are not enough jobs available for people who need and want a job.

      Don't know if you are aware, but our government has for some time (B.O. -- before Obama ;) been recruiting people from overseas to come here and take various jobs. Learned this from a woman from Singapore who was recruited to take a librarian job here in town at one of our state universities.

      So if they can't ship our jobs overseas, they bring people in to take them. I think that is unspeakably unfair to our own people who have spent time and money to become qualified for these jobs but end up taking something outside their field, something that pays less, and often something they could have had without a college degree, as a result -- and using our own tax dollars to screw us!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Patricia (pstraubie48) for taking time to read and comment on this article. Also for the votes, the share, and the angels! :)

      It's true that some jobs can become unbearable usually because of personalities, but the bills must be paid, and the landlord/bank doesn't care how you do it so long as you make those payments. Miss them (payments) and maybe that situation at work won't seem so bad after all . . .

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      As with all your hubs, this one is packed with statistics and who can argue with statistics? Isn't it sad that college graduates today have little chance of working in their chosen field? What's worse is many can't find jobs at all.

      No one can convince me things are better in this economy. I remember when you COULD quit a job and have another one in a day or two and in your chosen field. You wouldn't dare do that today. Always make sure you have a job before leaving the one you've got.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      AuFait This is very sound advice. Sometimes a job and the circumstances surrounding it become so untenable that getting up every morning and going to it is drudgery.

      But worse than facing drudgery would be having NO job. Definitely having a job before leaving a current one is one of the most important statements you made.

      Thankfully my job is to be Nini and Momma so I do not face this.

      Know that Angels once again are on the way...voted up+++ and shared

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      DeborahDian, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article. Yes, a lot of people are still struggling despite what some people are saying is considerable improvement to the economy. There are a lot of considerations to take into account before one just up and quits a job.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      PegCole17, thank you for stopping by! I just now discovered your comment. I can't imagine why I wasn't informed when you wrote it. Hope all is well with you and that you've a great start to the New Year!

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      I read today that unemployment claims climbed a bit this week. I know many people are still struggling to find better jobs. I think this is a timely article that could help many people think through their options before they quit their current job. Definitely worth sharing.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      "The more things change, the more they stay the same.." Bon Jovi

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      PegCole17, thank you for sharing your experiences with sexism in the workplace. A lot of people, including women, believe we are in a post-feminist era, but nothing I have seen or heard suggests that is the case to me. I know you are speaking of past experiences, but in reality, not all that much has changed. Sometimes I think we're going backwards.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Au fait, I think you're right on this topic. We may have come a long way (baby) but not nearly far enough. Even when I did make it to a position in a professional field that was typically male dominated, my salary was at 75 percent of my male peers. Whenever a project came up that none of the men wanted to do, they gave it to me. They liked to joke, "Give it to the girl". Very funny.

      At another position, I was promoted to do the same exact job as my male predecessor but was given the title of Supervisor rather than Manager as his title had been. My duties were exactly the same.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      PegCole17, thank you for sharing your experience in the workplace. I think the reason you had to go through so much to move up the ladder was very likely the fact that you are a woman. Men often do not have to go through all that and many start fairly high up the ladder straight out of university. Sexism lives and will very probably continue to rear it ugly head for a long time to come. I realize you are speaking of a few years ago, but truthfully, I have not seen a lot of difference other than sexism is often under the surface while accepted excuses are used in the daylight.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This informative article sheds light on the question many of us ask ourselves when things at work get tough. I was one of those college grads who are underemployed even after all that schooling. It took starting off as an administrative assistant and working my way up the ladder to get ahead at a big company. That can sometimes be a long journey but worth the struggle.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Rebeccamealey, thank you for reading and commenting! Agree.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you, Shyron, for coming by and commenting, voting on, and sharing this article. So true that even after all these years employers will often not even consider a person who isn't already employed.

      As a result, people who lose their jobs are destined to be jobless for life and bear the recriminations of those who accuse them of being lazy and slothful, when in fact, they have no choice but to survive as best they can. They have committed the terrible, unforgivable sin of losing their job by some means and as a result they have been rendered unemployable.

      Take care . .

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Lots of interesting facts here, great research! I think stick it out until another job is lined up unless things are so made they are causing great stress. Also, if you are in a field that has lots of job openings, you wouldn't

      have to worry as much.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I am back to read this again. No do not quit until you have another job. Employers do not hire people who are unemployed.

      Great information, gave thumbs up UAI and shared.

      I hope all is well with you

      Shyron

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Vespawoolf, thank you for commenting. That is the reason I recommended keeping a journal from day one, so that your journal can stand as a witness for you if it becomes necessary to go to court regarding sexual harassment, hostile work environment, sex discrimination, and a variety of other workplace issues.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I agree that there are situations that are worse than a stressful work environment. I had no idea that allowing a hostile work environment is illegal! Of course, it would be hard to prove but it is something to consider. This is very interesting and well written and I like tour suggestions for creative self employment ideas.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you kerlund74 for sharing your thoughts on this important subject.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Objective and well-reasoned hub. I think a lot of things have to be considered before living a job. And the best option is to get another one first.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sam, capitalism is a very complicated subject and could and does easily fill a book.

      Did you know that sharing your opinions on certain subjects, such as politics and religion, can be hazardous to your success? Especially when they are shared on an international bulletin board like the comments sections of all hubs?

      Yes, there are people on this site and all over the world who will refuse to read what a particular writer writes if that writer is not in agreement with them on a particular subject. Even if that writer writes about nothing but thunder storms, or dolls, or teddybears, or any general non-political or religious issue, some readers will not read their work if they discover that writer is not a Republican, or not a member of their particular religious denomination.

      Since I do not write politics and do not wish to become involved in political issues on this site, I would prefer you ask this question in private email. Some things are not meant for international bulletin boards. The comment sections of all hubs no matter who wrote them are accessible by anyone with a computer and an internet connection no matter where in the world they are. Comments are not private and therefore some subjects should not be discussed in them.

      Appreciate your visit, and hope you and your family are having a great weekend!

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      samowhamo 3 years ago

      I don't know if this is the right place to ask but what are your views on capitalism. I have heard that capitalism is bad and promotes social inequality.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Deborah-Diane, for sharing your thoughts on this important issue and for sharing this article with your followers. The economy really hasn't improved that much for 'ordinary' working people. There are still a lot of employers out there who won't even consider an applicant that is currently unemployed regardless of the reason, so it's usually better to seek a new job while hanging on to the old one.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I agree, Au Fait, that the economy is doing great for the wealthy, but the middle class and poor are still struggling. Your article provides some practical advice that people need to consider before quitting their jobs! Sharing this with my followers.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      vespawoolf, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this important issue. The economy here in the states still has a long way to go before it recovers for ordinary people. I understand the wealthy are back on track and it's almost like nothing happened for them, but for middle class, working class, and poor people, it's still a depression in most cases.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I agree that it's not a good idea to walk out on a job in the present climate. I appreciate the options you give here: keeping your eyes open for something else or maybe even self-employment.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      girishpuri, thank you for commenting, and voting on this article, and for sharing your perspective. Not many people here have the luxury of choosing a job to their liking and most must choose the best job that will pay their bills -- when they have a choice. In our current economy most people are lucky they even have a job. Thank you again for adding to this article!

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      Girish puri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Excellent piece of advice and very much useful hub for many. I personally feel that you must choose a job, which is your liking and interest, you enjoy it and earn also. Voted useful.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Deborah-Diane for sharing this article and for sharing your thoughts and experience on this issue. If you think about it, education changes a person regardless of what their major is or how much they learn about a particular subject. It is the all around education that makes the biggest difference and then qualifies a person for many different positions. Thanks again for your insights!

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I'm sharing this again because so many people feel they can only be happy if they work in a certain field. It is good that you point out that only about 27% of college grads ever work in the field of their major. I'm a perfect example. I have a degree in Interior Design and only had a part-time job in that field when I was in college. Since then, I have actually found other careers that I liked better. That doesn't mean my degree isn't useful. When I sold Real Estate, having a background in Interior Design was really helpful!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Shyron, for all the votes, the pin and the share. Yes, a lot of people don't seem to be aware that many employers will not even consider them if they are already unemployed when they apply or interview.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Denise Handlon, thank you for reading, sharing your thoughts and knowledge on this important issue, and for voting on and sharing this article with your followers! I hope your nurse friend finds a good job soon!

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent advise here, Au Fait. While it is tempting to 'just quit' and at times this seems to work out just perfectly, most often it is ill advised. I have a friend who is an experienced nurse with a Masters degree and she is having difficulties finding employment in her area. So, as you've stated, the wisest thing, in our economic decline, is to seek, obtain, then give notice. A very useful and well researched topic. :) Up/U and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Sharing this again, because it is so important that people understand, no company wants to hire someone who is out of work.

      Voted-up, UAI, shared and pinned

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Truthfornow, thank you for reading and sharing your experience and thoughts on this issue!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thumbi7, thank you for reading, sharing your thoughts on this issue, and for voting on and sharing this article!

      Finding another job is very difficult here as well, which is why I caution anyone who wants to quit their job to think it through carefully.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Moonlake, thank you for reading, voting on, and sharing this article. It is easier to quit a job if a person has a husband to fall back on, and I did did that myself a few times, but nowadays a woman's income is often just as necessary to the family as her husband's is -- if she has a husband. The main problem is the economy. Not so easy to find another job right now, and a lot of employers are still refusing to even consider an applicant who is not already employed. Thank you for your thoughts and for taking the time to share them!

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I think sticking it out until you find something better is the best choice in this economy. But, I did the opposite. I quit my job about 4 years ago to do something new for myself. Sometimes you just get to a breaking point where you can't take it no more!

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Your words here are very powerful. In India it is not very easy to quit a job because you may not find another one.

      Thanks for your wonderful suggestion.

      Voted up and shared

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Never worked outside the home so I don't know much of what goes on. I know if I were having problems at work I would try to find something new first before leaving but sometimes if it's so bad you just can't do that. I have a husband and kids so I hear all of their complaints.

      Voted up and shared.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you carter06 for reading and sharing your thoughts on this important issue, and also for your high praise!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Paul Kuehn, thank you for reading, voting on, Tweeting, and sharing your thoughts and experiences regarding this issue and for sharing this article on FB, and with followers!

      Here in the states times are hard for a lot of people and if one has been lucky enough to miss out on the really tough times of losing their job and in too many cases becoming homeless, it is still good to realize that could still happen with the economy as it is.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Peggy W, for sharing your wisdom on this subject and for tweeting this article! Down-sized is indeed a great word for lay-off or otherwise terminating an employee that hasn't actually done anything wrong.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Kathryn Stratford for reading and commenting on this article. So glad you enjoyed and found it useful.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Shyron for your high praise, voting on this hub, and most of all, for being my dear friend. Feeling a bit peaked this morning, but hopefully it will pass . . .

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you DDE, for reading, commenting, and sharing your thoughts and experiences on this issue!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you for stopping by Glenda. Glad you enjoyed this article. Hope it might be helpful in some way.

      I actually liked my job at TelVista and at Verizon, but as you know the one at TelVista ended and everyone was laid off. Verizon down-sized and restructured and I was just a temp anyway. Email the URL for this article to your friends. Just as a person can never have too much love, or too many prayers, neither can one have too many page views!

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      Carter06 3 years ago

      Another Stella hub here Au Fait

      Think the point about finding skills & talents unrelated to your degree is so important for anyone trying to find work & can often lead to the direction of career change so desired.. Great job.. Cheers

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Minnetonka Twin, thank you for reading and voting on this article and for sharing your sister's experience with this issue. Good advice to keep one's resumé current!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Mhatter99, thank you for stopping by. You have indeed been very lucky.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Rose-the-Planner for reading, commenting, and voting on this article, and sharing!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Peggy W for reading, voting on, sharing this article with others, and for sharing your wisdom on this issue! I think in the current job market one must think very hard before quitting a job unless they have a better one lined up.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading, voting on, sharing this article with your followers and for sharing your experience and thoughts on this issue! Manufacturing jobs aren't coming back. It will be interesting to see what employment solutions are found for our growing population.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you Sam (samowhamo) for reading and sharing your thoughts on this subject. Being without a job when you have only yourself to depend on and maybe children who depend on you too can be very difficult. It can mean homelessness as in living under a bridge, not just living with relatives. That is very hard and dangerous too.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      DeborahNeyens, thank you for sharing your knowledge on this issue. I saw the protected class issue in my research and failed to get it in there. I thought it was covered in the video, but now I've just discovered the video is no longer available. :( Agree that most employers will make changes if they are made aware of a hostile situation. As hostility escalates it often encompasses a lot of different issues and is likely to end up including a lot of things that may not have been there originally, like sex or age, etc.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thank you billybuc, for stopping by and leaving a comment! I have previously quit more than one job when I hated it without having another one lined up, but that was before times were quite so hard as they are now.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Aufait,

      This is once again a well-researched hub which I found interesting and useful. In my whole life I have never quit a full-time job without having another one to go into. Throughout all of my life I was fortunate to have jobs which I really liked with the federal government. I would have stayed in the Navy for longer than four years if my job was better. One nice thing about working for the government was the opportunity to work in different offices on different problems if you felt your current office assignment wasn't to your liking. Your stats which state that most workers hate their jobs isn't surprising. Is it no wonder that most people are doing the bare minimum on their job by skating and cutting corners? Even in Thailand where I teach, most of the teachers view their work as a necessary evil to get money and stay in Thailand rather than being a professional teacher who gives at least 100 percent. Sometimes it is necessary to be patient and endure hardship on a job until something better can be found. The alternative is maybe homelessness. Voting up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Came back to give this a tweet! It is good to have multiple sources of income in this day and age if at all possible. At the least, keep updating skills and experiences so that it will be easier to find another job if the worst happens and you are "downsized." Great word for being fired...don't you think?

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Diogenes, I'm sure you would add great value to any workplace! Thank you for stopping by and glad to hear from you and know you're still kickin'. ;) Take care . . . xx

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like reading about your opinion, backed up with statistics and suggestions.

      I definitely think it is ideal to keep a job until you get a new one, because it can take months to find a new job. And the new one may not be any better. I also like that you added in a section about a hostile work environment. Very useful.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      This is a wonderful hub, but all your hubs are. I hope you are well and everything is okay with you.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I quit my job I was unhappy and the job affected me physically great hub on this title you explained beautifully I always enjoy reading such informative hubs.

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      Glenda 3 years ago

      Remember when the four of us worked in the snake-pit? And we all got out as soon as we could. I hated working there. I haven't heard from Margaret, from the day she left. I am glad the three of us went on to better jobs. I know you were not happy with the Verizon one either. I like you article, wish I could share your article with my friends.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      You have some really good information and stats to help someone that's going through this. I do agree that in this tough economic time, you really have to be careful about just quitting. Having said that, my sister quit her job because of a hostile environment-She was given a new woman supervisor that was very controlling and felt threatened by my sister's expertise. Although I wouldn't suggest quitting for everyone, it worked out great for her. She found a much better job with the same position and is making more money. It is also a wonderful work environment. It's great to see her happy again. It's important to continue to update your resume and keep options open, no matter how much you like your job. That way, like my sister, you are in a much better position to quit. Great article! Voted up++++

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Very interesting! Perhaps I was very lucky, but I enjoyed every job I had.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Excellent article! I thought that you presented some very interesting and insightful points regarding whether one should quit their current job or not. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I also voted to stick it out until something better comes along. It would be foolish to quit without something else lined up unless one has sufficient funds in the bank or invested that will allow one to live for quite some time.

      Another thing for college students to think about prior to spending years in college amassing huge debts...is to study and enter fields where their chances of employment are better...such as medical fields, engineering, etc. Degrees are great but not if there is little demand for them! That could be another entire hub!

      Good article. The statistics are certainly not rosy ones these days! Up votes, sharing.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is excellent information and should be required reading for every college student when they graduate. Until I retired a few weeks ago, I worked with a number of new college graduates who had part-time jobs because they could not find full-time ones. They were back living with their parents or with friends. It's a sad state of affairs in this country ... we do not have many good manufacturing jobs for high school graduates, and we have far too few jobs for new college graduates. I hope things improve soon! Perhaps they will will get better as some of the older workers, like me, begin to retire. Voted UP and shared with followers.

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      samowhamo 3 years ago

      Well I don't have a job at the moment but I have thought about other things that I could major in besides paleontology and herpetology in the event that one of them doesn't work out and if a get a job that with lousy co-workers or a nasty boss I will seriously think about this before I decide whether or not I should quit because from what you have written here it sounds like being without a job is harder than being with one that you dislike. Interesting article Au Fait voted up and interesting.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Excellent hub. I saw the question and thought about responding myself. Glad you did. One important point: In order to constitute an illegal hostile work environment for which the employer can be held legally liable, workplace harassment must be based on some protected class status (race, age, religion, sex, etc.). Sadly, in many states, workplace bullying that isn't based on some underlying protected class discrimination is not actionable. However, it still should be reported so that the employer can take appropriate action to address it. Most employers will be motivated to respond even without the threat of legal liability because of the impact to employee productivity.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I voted that one should stick it out until you find something better, but I did exactly the opposite. I quit my last teaching job in October without a back-up plan at all. No worries...I became a writer. :) Good suggestions my friend.

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      diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I always became redundant, usually a few days after I started the job!

      Hiya kiddo xo

      Bob

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