How to Quit a Job When You Need the Benefits by Jessica F. Walker

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they know they absolutely cannot stay at the job they’re at. Either its the boss, or the low pay, or the commute, or anything else. But staying is no longer an option.

But wait! You can’t quit! What about the employee sponsored 401k, or health insurance? If you quit you don’t get your unemployment insurance- maybe for weeks!

What if you quit, and then finding another is a lot harder than you thought?

Sometimes you have to quit a job, but there are some things you can do to protect yourself so you don’t put yourself in a negative situation.

FIRST OF ALL, LET’S EXAMINE WHY YOU WANT TO QUIT.

Is it your boss or co-workers? Does the values of the company or corporate culture not align with yours? Or are you just bored with the work?

If you feel like you need to be challenged at your job, but you love your co-workers, consider looking for a new position within the company.

Set a new goal for yourself. Find out which jobs are available, or find a person who has the job you want, and ask them what you need to do to get their job.

They’re not going to feel threatened by your inquiry. They’re going to be flattered that you asked them.

 

Once you know what kind of skills you need, look for some online courses to help fill the gap. I suggest also, reaching out to your new friend and asking if there is a project they might need some extra assistance on. Be sure to let your supervisor know that you’d like to increase your responsibilities.

 

IF, HOWEVER, THE COMPANY IS NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, THAT’S WHEN YOU NEED TO START JOB SEARCHING.

Don’t quit before you have another job lined up. It’s tacky, and you don’t actually know when the new job will start. It helps to give yourself a deadline to give your two weeks notice by.

Make the date, and keep it very firm in your mind.

Write it down. And plan your entire life around it.

The job will come, if you’re actively searching. The universe will align itself to help you reach your goals. But you have to ask, and you have to put forth the effort.

NOW THAT YOU HAVE THIS AWESOME DEADLINE, YOU HAVE TO PLAN.

Depending on your current employer, you might have some really amazing benefits. While it’s a growing trend, many companies don’t offer child care assistance, dental insurance, or a set amount of leave (you have to earn it).

So, when researching places to apply in the field of work you’d like, take these things into consideration. Is it worth leaving your current company for less pay, but free daycare? Would you rather have guaranteed parking, or your gym across the street?

You have to decide what is important to you in a workplace. And then make sure you’re willing to accept the compromise you’ll eventually need to make.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR DEADLINE COMES AND GOES, AND THERE IS STILL NO JOB OFFER?

Well, if you’re feeling unsafe at your workplace and it isn’t something that can be worked out, then you have to make the best decision for you. But if you still don’t have a new job, consider the reasons.

Do you need to revamp your resume? Are you getting references? Is your background or credit blocking your way? Are you even making it to the interview portion of the job search?

If you’re struggling to find a way out of your job, getting an outside perspective can be extremely helpful. A millennial life skills coach can help you figure out what steps you’re missing and how you can best leverage your experience to get the job you want.


About the Author:  Jessica F. Walker offers several services such as career coaching, resume services, and more.  Check out her site here and tell her we sent you!

 

19 replies
  1. Terri
    Terri says:

    It’s tough though when you love your work but it is a 5 hour commute one way! My daughter is a professor and drives 5 hours there works three days spends the nights in a hotel and then drives home. No jobs in her field closer to her. Husband works in the city. They are making it work for the benefits.

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  2. Bel
    Bel says:

    I think courage is the most important first step, after which you’ll need these. Which is awesome because now everything is listed for you

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  3. Toni Jones
    Toni Jones says:

    I am always worried about things like this. I guess I’m more conservative when it comes to things like this. I never leave a job unless I have already found a new one. But, I guess if your job is causing unmanageable stress then it might be something that has to be done. Great tips.

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  4. Anne Yedlin
    Anne Yedlin says:

    This is really great information! I have only had to leave one job because of issues but I didn’t have to worry about the benefits as they weren’t offered at the time I worked there.I love the company I’m currently with so no need to look elsewhere!

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  5. Terri Beavers
    Terri Beavers says:

    As a single mom, I don’t know that I could have ever made a job switch without worrying. Your tips would have given me the confidence to do so. After college, I worked for the same doctor for my entire career.

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  6. Elizabeth O.
    Elizabeth O. says:

    It’s never easy to quit a job and expect to have a new one immediately. From my experience, I start job hunting even before I pass my resignation letter. I also make sure to think it through, because it might just be a temporary feeling.

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  7. Emily
    Emily says:

    It is so difficult to make these bigger decisions in life, having a life coach would be amazing! With jobs there is so many things to consider when planning a new job or quitting. But, doing what feels right has always been the way to go for me.

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  8. Annemarie LeBlanc
    Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    I quit my corporate job because of the stress. It was already affecting my health and my relationship with my family. Was there any other choice? None. I chose what was best for me and my family. I quit. The day I walked out of my office was actually very liberating. Now I am my own boss and living the life I have always dreamed of.

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  9. Katrina gehman
    Katrina gehman says:

    i think it’s always good to have your resume up to date. not that you want things to go bad, but it’s ready if you need it.

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