6 Reasons You Don’t Want to Quit Without a New Job

Your boss drives you crazy. Or the hours are utterly ridiculous. Or, maybe, you have the co-worker from hell, and the boss won’t do anything about it. Whatever it is, you’ve decided that you can’t take one more minute, and you quit without a new job lined up. No problem. You’re a good saver, and you have a bit of cash stored up. Surely you can find a new job with no problem, right?

Well, unless your actual health is truly in danger (physical or mental), quitting without a new job lined up is a bad, bad, bad idea. Here are five reasons why.

1. Let’s talk references. For most background checks when you say, “Don’t contact my current employer” the recruiter will respect that. Most people don’t tell their bosses they are job hunting. So, this raises no red flags. However, if you’ve quit your last job because your boss was a nightmare, and you say, “please don’t contact,” it’s going to raise all sorts of red flags. Why not? And, there’s no law preventing the recruiter from not contacting your former employer anywhere. Do you really want the person you hate with a burning passion (and who probably doesn’t care much for you) to be your most important reference? Because your most recent job is always your most important reference.

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3 thoughts on “6 Reasons You Don’t Want to Quit Without a New Job

  1. I had trouble posting my comment on Inc., so here goes:
    9 times out of 10 I would agree with you here, but I recently made this very terrifying leap after my mentor left the company and I had 3 bosses in one month. I ended up in the emergency room with digestive issues, and turned in my notice the following Monday. That said, I have a very robust network in my field and was on calls immediately. I had two offers before my two weeks’ were up (I had also been looking anyway, and the added stress of trying to job hunt while working 60 hours a week was madness). I also had 6 months of living expenses in savings. I am a rarity, but no job is worth my health. If you position yourself right, it CAN be done, and in a healthier market like we have now, I’m seeing it more and more. But it must be done with a lot of forethought and planning.

    1. I totally agree with you that it can be done, with some finesse. I too mostly agree with this, especially number five. But someone very close to me had to leave their job for similar circumstances as you, it was literally making him sick and the 80 hour work weeks left no time for job searching let alone interviewing, and even if it had he would have showed up for the interview weak and with bags under his eyes. A couple interviewers were suspect but the one that ended up hiring him had heard about the toxicity and turnover at that place so it all worked out. But yes it helps to have a stellar background and network.

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