Leaving a job without another one to go into can be risky business, and shouldn’t be a decision made lightly. But, that said, it isn’t always ideal for you to stick around and wait for something to come up either. Or your circumstances just might not suit leaving one job and walking straight into another.
Whatever your situation, before you quit your job, just take a read of these considerations:
If you’ve been planning this for a while, and putting the feelers out with your network already, then you’re not in such a bad position. However, if you haven’t yet reached out or started to build contacts then hold off on quitting just yet.
It looks a lot more desperate and less thought out when someone is unemployed when they begin tapping into their network, so it’s best to start putting messages out and gaining contacts while you’re still in employment, then when the times comes you’ve already built relationships you can lean on for your next move.
Can you afford months without a wage coming in? If the answer is no, then you’re definitely not ready to hand in your resignation yet. Make sure you have enough of a buffer in your savings for living your current lifestyle for at least a few months without any income, and also be sure you still have some funds left over for emergencies as you never know what’s around the corner.
If your job is affecting your mental and/or physical health, then you are absolutely right to want to get out of there as soon as you can. Quitting without another job lined up is a small price to pay for health. However, if you’re just feeling like you’re ready for a change of scenery and want your next challenge, then you would benefit from sticking it out a little longer while you search for other opportunities. They do say it’s always easier to get another job when you’re already employed, and that’s because a gap in employment on a CV has to have good reason.
It’s totally understandable to want to just get out and figure it out later if your current role has no bearing on what you want to do for your career. However, if you’re in a job relates to what you want to do long term and could provide a stepping stone, don’t be so quick to quit. Consider what your long-term aims are and where this fits in your plans. Even if you do decide to leave this particular job for an opportunity that offers progression, no employer is going to be upset with that and it means you’ll still have good contacts and a good reputation in the industry that could pay off down the line.