Don't Back Out Without a Backup
It's an unfortunate reality that many working individuals would jump at the opportunity to quit their jobs. The only thing stopping them, however, is not having a backup. Looking for jobs and interviewing is tough if you want to hang on to the one you already have in the meantime.
Searches are time consuming and in order to be really successful require some comittment to sending out resumes and making connections with contacts. Plus, even if you are called for an interview, you may not be able to get the day off from work to go.
Anyone who may be wanting to take that chance anyway... Don't! In a better economy, that may not be as risky but with so many people out of work and looking, it's best to hold on to anything that's providing you a steady income. There are plenty of people who are more than willing to pounce at a job opening so don't make it yours. You will more than likely be looking for a new position for a while and realize the grave mistake made.
No matter how much you dislike your job, remember that you are lucky to have one. Your boss my be unbearable, you may be bored with life, want more pay, are stressed or overwhelmed but nothing is worse than to still have some of these problems and be broke.
Don't forget that your luck may run out when you interview for your next job and they ask you why you left your previous one. The fact that you got really fired up one day and decided to walk out probably isn't the best response for making a good impression. But neither is lying. So the smartest thing to do if you really want to leave your job is to prepare yourself with the best chances of finding a new one. That includes leaving your current job on a good note.
Positivity is key! You're not the only one who would probably be happier in another job but the ones that get ahead still do it a smile on their faces. People who are able to manage their disliking for their job well will find it easier to come across open doors to other opportunities. Why? Because companies want workers who will boost the company up and that can't be done with dragging feet and a hanging face. Quitters can expect to be shunned by companies.
If your job really makes you feel like going off the deep end then it might be good to find an outlet to let some steam off. Get a punching bag, take a dance class, play a violent video game--something to let our your agression to prevent it from building up.
After that, give your attitude a checkup and adjust it a bit. Part of your discontentment may stem from your outlook on life and your job. If you start to tell yourself that the world is against you then you'll start feeling defensive. Instead, try to think of the positive attributes of your job and what you actually enjoy about being there, even if it's just the fact that you get paid that's still something to appreciate.
Besides, even working at fast food joints have their perks, maybe not great ones, but at the end of the day they still make an earning, right? So why spend your precious waking moments getting yourself down with unnecessary stress when in the end, it's all about the dollar signs anyway.
While on the job hunt, keep that to yourself. Employers can become weary when hearing of employees looking around for other jobs. Be careful when it comes to using social networking sites like LinkedIn. Employers may come across status updates that catch them off guard and can cause tension at work.
In the end, your career choices are yours, but they can have an effect on your future along with your family's so you want to make wise decisions that will keep you out of financial troubles. Never quit a job without having a back up, even if you hear from people that you may be offered a position, don't act on hearsay.
Everyone at some point in their lives works a job that they rather wouldn't, but in an economy where jobs are scarce we often don't get the luxury of first choices.