Quitting a job could be the best choice you make, article says

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  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    Jan. 3, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    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.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Jan. 3, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Jan. 3, 2013 5:37 a.m.

    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.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 5:34 a.m.

    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.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    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...

  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    Jan. 2, 2013 1:40 p.m.

    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.

  • Mr.Glass Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Jan. 2, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    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.