Whether you can't handle your new boss, your position doesn't suit your skills or you don't think your company offers a realistic chance at promotion, it might be time to quit and find something better. Thinking about quitting in your first few weeks on the job can be premature, but if the outlook is bleak after six months, it may be time to pack up your desk and walk out the door.
If you're worried about quitting your job too soon, you're not alone. "Forbes" magazine reports that on average, employees keep their position for slightly more than four years, and younger members of the workforce average only about two years. The "Multiple Generations @ Work" survey, as quoted in "Forbes," reports that 91 percent of those who make up the Millennial generation plan to keep any given position for less than three years.
Although quitting after just six months can create uncertainty, doing so also has rewards. "Forbes" reports that job hopping can help you find your dream job sooner and avoid stalling on the corporate ladder. If you're unhappy in your occupation, CBS says, it's easy to fall into the habit of doing your job poorly. Instead of being miserable and producing poor work, quitting gives you a fresh start. Quitting is also respectful to the company: It's unfair for you to receive a paycheck without doing your best.
Consult your company's employee handbook to determine the requested amount of notice to give upon quitting. The typical time is 14 days, but if you're able to give more notice, your employer will likely appreciate it. "Bloomberg Businessweek" recommends meeting your boss in person and getting to the point quickly. Show your appreciation for being hired and explain that you've found a new position and are giving your notice. You don't need to drag out the conversation; keep it concise.
After you've given notice, it's not time to lean back and put your feet up on your desk. Recruiting agency Bryant Associates Inc. recommends working with a conscientious attitude until your final day. Doing so not only gives you a better chance of obtaining a reference from your employer, but is also fair to your colleagues, who will have to pick up the slack once you're gone. "U.S. News & World Report" suggests offering to help train your replacement if someone is hired quickly enough.
- Forbes: Job Hopping is the 'New Normal' for Millennials: Three Ways to Prevent a Human Resource Nightmare
- CBS Money Watch: Hate Your New Job? It's OK to Quit
- USA Today: Quitting Tips: How to Leave a Job You Hate
- Forbes: How Millennials are Redefining Their Careers as Hustlers
- Bryant Associates Inc.: Advice on How to Give Notice Professionally While Staying in Control
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.