From personal experience, I can tell you that the stress from not working, not
having the ability to pay your bills, to support your family is worse than
burnout at work. Yes, working at a job you hate is tough on you and those
around you. Losing your home, not paying the monthly bills, is worse.Applying for jobs you are not qualified for is a waste of time today. Unless
you have twice the education, say a masters when a BS is more than enough, you
will not get an interview. When you are over-qualified, you will not get the
job either. No way, no how. Today is the age of suck it up and keep working,
unless you have no responsibilities and can move back in with your parents. If you want to change your job, then apply while working. If you are
planning on leaving, call me first so I can get first crack at your current job.
I was burned out at my job after 14 years in the same company, and didn't
know it.Fortunately (though I didn't recognize it at the time
as fortunate), an internal re-org left me laid off. I worked PT at
Home Depot, stocking paint in the paint dept which helped my psyche as well as
providing a physical outlet for stress. It took 5 months to land a FT job in
2009-10. That new job was not a great fit from the beginning, but I
did my best, excelled among my peers, and was appreciated by my employers.
During those 2 years, I spruced up my resume, my LinkedIn profile and took some
classes so I could go look for a better gig, while I was still employed, which
is vastly better for well being than looking when you are unemployed.When I gave notice a year ago, my employers made sure to tell me I wasn't
burning any bridges, but would be welcome if I decided to come back.In my case, quitting my job was indeed the best choice I could have made.
Best pay, benefits and job situation I have ever had.
Really the best way for an unemployed person to treat their unemployment is for
that to be a full-time job of "job hunting" where the person works 40+
hours a week looking for work. Then they can feel good about themselves and
their efforts to find work. I work in a field where I have had gaps in
employment, and working full-time looking for work has worked best for me.
I thought our education systems had this all planned out so no one gets bored or
job burnout for the rest of their lives? Why did these people make the wrong
career choice on career day in the 2nd grade of school? Maybe they should have
waited until they had their high school eduction and some growing up before they
were locked-in on career day back in k-2? This is the hazard of
government choosing your career for you in a sociialist marxist society and by
the time you figukre out you were duped into a career you don't like, its
too late to change to an independent mind, and you don't have any skill
sets to enjoy life.Its not job burnout, its socialsim and marxist
education working on your behalf. This kind of a dysfunctional worker society
will lead up to the USSR lifestyle. So everyone quit working and went on
entitlements, just like we are doing. Having independent choices
makes for a happy camper and american worker.
One of the problems of being unemployed for a long time is you actually become
less capable of getting a job the longer it takes. Not only does it look bad on
the resume' to have gaps, it actually affects the mind. A bit like the way
kids who've been off on summer break relate to school, it takes a little
sharpening. Similarly long stints of employment can have a very depressive
effect on the one seeking employment, and even if it doesn't--if you were
perfectly happy being unemployed then what sort of motivation are you doing to
have when you start a new job in which you can't behave like you have no
responsibilities at a job setting? It's therefore good advice
to move from one state of employment to another...
Context to be considered, Mr Glass. Your friend had a job lined up --- his wife
provided that (equal partnership thing). When he quit, the income thing had
been dealt with.
I have a friend whose wife is a lawyer. He quit his job without looking for a
job because his wife is making enough to pay the bills, and they both wanted a
stay at home parent. No one should assume that everyone has to have another job
lined up before they quit.
The best time to look for a job is when you already have one BUT never EVER quit
a job until you have another one lined up. Unfortunately, this article
didn't mention this. I am afraid that in this age of entitlement, some
readers will rush and and quit because their job is hard. Oh my. Tears are
streaming down my face.