The Pros And Cons Of Quitting Without Another Job Lined Up
If you’re considering quitting your job, there are probably a few good reasons why. Whether you’re craving something new and exciting, are sick of putting up with your horrible boss, or have simply outgrown your current position, sometimes the best thing is to move on from your current job and seek something that’s a better fit.
Before dropping a truth bomb on your boss, quitting, and walking out of your workplace in a blaze of glory it’s recommended that you have something else lined up prior. If you don’t, just know it’s not a total disaster – and might even be a blessing in disguise.
OK, let’s do it: here are the pros and cons of quitting your job without another lined up.
CON: Well, you’re unemployed
Probably the biggest con associated with quitting your job without another lined up is unemployment. It can feel demoralising, lonely and all round sucky. On top of this, you’re going to start chewing through your savings since, you know, you don’t have any income at the minute. While unemployed, it’s important to look after your mental health.
But look at the bright side – you have all the time in the day to look for a new role that’s going to make you happy.
Don’t forget to take an hour or so to indulge in the treats that full-time employees have to sacrifice, like the odd mid-afternoon nap and eating cereal from a mug for lunch, judgement free.
PRO: Feel the fear!
We all have that dream job in mind that we’ve wanted to pursue since forever. For some of us, we settle for the job that was originally just something to keep us afloat, and Plan A gets so much farther away.
It’s been two years now, and apart from sending out a few resumes in your first month of starting, you haven’t exactly been chasing your dream job too hard.
When we settle in the jobs that are just OK, there’s not much pushing us to go for what we truly want, this is where the fear comes in.
When you’re essentially out on your bum and jobless, it’s a fight for survival – either snag a job or eventually you’re going to chew through your savings. Think of it as an opportunity rather than a set back and use this break to go for it, and get that job you really want and deserve – we believe in you.
CON: The pressure is real
When you’re unemployed and a job offer comes up it can be easy to jump at it without much consideration, especially when it’s been longer than a hot minute between jobs. While getting your hands on a new job right now might seem like all you need, is it the job you really want?
I mean, the whole reason you quit your job was to pursue something better right? Just be sure that this is something that you’re keen to do.
At the same time, it’s also smart to remain realistic during this process. If it’s been three months and you’re still sitting at home chasing a role and no one’s replying to your e-mails, eventually you’re going to have to cave.
PRO: New beginnings
You’ve said sayonara to your crappy old job, and boy, it must feel good. Take this newfound energy and motivation to find a job you truly care about that will make you happy and make all of your wildest dreams come true.
OK, that’s a little excessive but it is something to be excited about, unemployment boasts infinite possibilities in terms of job prospects. It gives you the freedom to have a crack at something you’ve always wanted to, but previously didn’t have the motivation or drive to do so.
Quitting your job when you haven’t got anything lined up doesn’t have to be a life ending decision, but it always pays to be smart, weighing up the pros and cons before making any decision.
Bradley is a writer from Newcastle who enjoys travel, Tina Fey comedies and is a connoisseur of cheap red wine.