Deciding whether to quit your job

Bad day at workIf you’ve been having one too many bad days at work, chances are you’ve thought of quitting your job.

Maybe your boss makes your life miserable, or you feel the stress of your job seeping into your personal life. Whatever the reason, it’s horrible to go to work every day and hate your job when our jobs account for 35% of our weekly waking lives.

But how do you make the difficult decision to quit your job?

What about money? What about rent and bills?

At some point in our lives, we’ve all dreamed of quitting our job with enough flair to earn an Academy Award and enough expletives to earn an NC-17 rating, but what happens afterward?

If you’re trying to decide whether to quit your job, these are the questions you need to ask yourself to decide whether to jump ship or stick it out.

Will you go bankrupt?

While we may want to slur those expletives at our boss, most of us still need money to live, and our job is most likely our largest source of income. Unles you won the lottery, in which case, why are you still working?

Do you have an adequate enough emergency fund—at least six months’ worth of expenses—that it could last you long enough until you find and start a new job?

Will you burn bridges?

Are you relying on a recommendation from your supervisor in order to help you land a new job? These days, your network is one of the greatest source of job opportunities.

As much as you may dislike your coworkers or your boss, think about whether connections with them will ultimately help you in the long run.

If you feel without a doubt that you never want to have communication with this person again, then perhaps it is time to quit. But don’t burn any bridges for the satisfaction of being able to throw a glass of water in your supervisor’s face.

Will it negatively affect your career?

If you’re changing career paths and this job doesn’t make much of a difference, then it’s easier to let go of. But if you plan on staying in the same career field, you never want negative gossip to plague you.

Think about the legacy you will leave behind. You don’t want your future employers to hear about how you were a difficult employee, especially if they start going back and calling all your previous employers and references.

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As hard as it may be, perhaps the better option would be to line up a new job and then give your proper two weeks notice. This will give you peace of mind that you’ll have money in the bank and you’ll be leaving the company in good faith.

It may not be the option we all dream of, but in the end, it’s important to be an adult and face responsibility.