Will You Quit Your Job Before Finding Another?

General comments and chit-chat, or tell us how we can improve KiasuParents.com
Post Reply
DadOfGirl
BrownBelt
BrownBelt
Posts: 543
Joined: Wed Nov 04,

Re: Will You Quit Your Job Before Finding Another?

Post by DadOfGirl » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:41 pm

Fairy wrote:Since this is a parenting website, I assume most, if not all of us are in our middle-age.

To those of you who are working (ie. not SAHM or SAHD), will you/have you ever quit your job before securing another?

Appreciate if you can share your experiences or perpective on this. Thanks.


I thought i would never do that , but in mid-2007 had to write a resignation letter & mailed thro' Sing-post to HR because manager will throw resignation letter in Dustbin & promise to relive you, but never will.

Company will take more jobs than they can fulfill & don't hire.. exisitng staff they put in front of customer like 'Goats in front of Lion'

They relive me 8 days earlier because they not don't want to pay CPF for new month !

Lucky to Found job after two weeks of sitting at home , but it was scary time as i am sole breadwinnner.

sleepy
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
Posts: 9696
Joined: Thu Aug 14,
Total Likes:38

Post by sleepy » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:46 pm

Fairy wrote:Someone I know quited from her job in a financial institution because she could no longer take the nonsense from her boss and colleagues. She was very miserable at work. However, her company pays well and provides excellent benefits. She's in her forties and knew that she would need to take a drastic pay cut elsewhere. Besides, it's very difficult to get similar medical coverage and benefits package. Her financial contribution is important to her family.

When the reality of her situation hit her, she panic and asked her superior if she can retrieve her resignation letter. After keeping her in suspense for a while, they finally reluctantly agreed. Of course her situation is now worst than before. She has to put up with more humiliation and tauntings at work. :cry:



I remember a few years ago, a man committed suicide along with his son. Read in the newspapers subsequently that he actually asked for a job transfer due to stress but his supervisor refused. Very sad, sigh...

Hence, if your friend intends to quit due to stress (work stress or non condusive working environment such as mean bosses or colleagues), maybe better to quit before it reaches a point of no return.

cherrygal
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
Posts: 3100
Joined: Thu Aug 06,
Total Likes:14

Post by cherrygal » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:41 pm

I think it's easier for women to quit without a job, take a break and then find another job. You can easily say you needed the time for the kids etc.

For those with no seemingly good excuse to quit without a job, I would suggest you take up a course to upgrade yourself and say you quit so that you can have time to study.

Nowadays, the minimum is 2 months' notice so that makes us very unemployable. If you have 3 mths' notice, you need to find a rich employer to buy you out... normally, no usual employer will want to wait 3 months for you.

But if you look for a job while you still have one, you can usually get a better deal when negotiating with the new company, coz you ain't desperate.

DesertWind
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
Posts: 1913
Joined: Wed Apr 21,
Total Likes:1

Post by DesertWind » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:08 pm

I have the experience of quitting without a job once and it scared the hell out of me!

My first job was with a huge bank and I worked there for 10 years after my graduation. The last few years at work burnt me out dealing with Y2K, audits and simply the huge demands of the job with no adequate staff. Had tried quitting twice (with job offers) without success during the 10 years but after I hit 30, enough was enough as I can feel my energy level dropping, health losing and burnt out. So I quit without a job! Actually I was so sure I would get a job offer but on the last day of my work, the other side called and told me I was unsuccessful. :shock: :cry:

So the bravado and confidence I had during my notice period took a hard knock and I was faced with the reality of being without a permanent job! Furthermore, you might think I was crazy but I had taken a housing loan from my bank and upon quitting, they cancelled my staff credit card straight-away and gave me a letter telling me I had 2.5 months to repay my staff housing loan and they would not roll-over the loan unless I got another job by that period.

Furthermore, I faced pressure from my mother who was (still is) totally relying on me for monthly allowance to see my parents through.

So after 2 weeks of rest, I began to panic and felt really sick and faint.

I prayed damn hard to my God OK? He was my life-line and I asked him not to test me beyond my limit to endure and asked him to bless me with a job - FAST ie. within 2.5 months and I needed his miracle on this!

After my prayer, one ex-colleague phoned me and asked me to go back to work for her part-time until I got a new job. So I went back, worked on contract for almost one month and during this period of time, news of my quitting traveled fast and one ex-boss called me and I got a job with another bank joining my ex-boss (I thank my God and I realized the importance of net-working then).

Another side-effect of quitting without a job. When I was applying for jobs, one head-hunter actually asked me if I had been retrenched, told to go, and gotten a golden handshake package? I was like - WHAT? :x Hello, I quit on my own accord OK? My performance was never a question at all! But I realize that people will hardly believe you because it is like NOBODY would ever quit without a job. Either that or you must be "crazy"!

Anyway, long and short, if you ask me now, no way will I quit my job without securing another one now.

God Bless!
:celebrate:

Herbie
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
Posts: 1639
Joined: Fri Oct 30,

Post by Herbie » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:35 pm

unless the person hv the cash to tahan 6 monts to a year without a job otherwise shld not quit without a job


Fairy
BrownBelt
BrownBelt
Posts: 673
Joined: Tue Oct 07,
Total Likes:2

Post by Fairy » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:46 pm

DesertWind wrote:After my prayer, one ex-colleague phoned me and asked me to go back to work for her part-time until I got a new job. So I went back, worked on contract for almost one month and during this period of time, news of my quitting traveled fast and one ex-boss called me and I got a job with another bank joining my ex-boss (I thank my God and I realized the importance of net-working then).

But I realize that people will hardly believe you because it is like NOBODY would ever quit without a job. Either that or you must be "crazy"!
:celebrate:


Hi DesertWind, Thanks for sharing.

Just curious, is the ex-colleague who asked you to work part time in the same company and department? Do you mean to say you actually went back to work for the same dept but on contract terms? If so, did you feel ackward then?

You subsequently joined another ex-boss in her new workplace. Wow, your relationship with your ex-bosses must be good. Did you get a better offer from the other bank? In my opinion, people in the banking industry need not fear not getting a comparable job as it is quite a specialised industry which emphasised a lot on past experience.

I hope you are happier and less stressful in your 'new' job.

I do agree that your bargaining power will be weaken if you are without a job. But, I do understand that many auditors from the Big 4 quit before they find a job due to the long notice period.

Herbie
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
Posts: 1639
Joined: Fri Oct 30,

Post by Herbie » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:32 am

i hv a colleague who left our company wentto worked for stb for couple of months and returned to my company. But ended up being 'suan' most of the time.

DesertWind
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
Posts: 1913
Joined: Wed Apr 21,
Total Likes:1

Post by DesertWind » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:21 pm

Fairy wrote: Just curious, is the ex-colleague who asked you to work part time in the same company and department? Do you mean to say you actually went back to work for the same dept but on contract terms? If so, did you feel ackward then?

You subsequently joined another ex-boss in her new workplace. Wow, your relationship with your ex-bosses must be good. Did you get a better offer from the other bank?

I hope you are happier and less stressful in your 'new' job.

I do agree that your bargaining power will be weaken if you are without a job. But, I do understand that many auditors from the Big 4 quit before they find a job due to the long notice period.


Dear Fairy,

Yes, the ex-colleague who asked me to go back to work for her was in the same department & location but different section.

Did I feel awkward? A little bit but frankly I was too burnt out to care plus I was back there to work for my ex-colleague. Couple of ladies looked at me with shocked/questioning eyes and I felt compelled to explain to one of them I was only back on temporary basis (let her work the grape-vine with anybody else who bothered). As for other colleagues, everybody was too busy working to bother about me and they were not the gossipy or kay-poh type.

The new job was a lot less demanding, no OT at all so it gave me the chance to recuperate and regain my energy. It was a parallel move to the new place hence compensation was somewhat equivalent.

The same head-hunter who asked me if I had been booted out also told me bargaining power will weaken and new employers will sure to take advantage to give me a lower pay. I did not agree and told him off then. But this situation can certainly happen!

Usually auditors from Big 4 who quit are in their twenties. Age is to their advantage but so far those I came across usually have concrete job offers before they quit.

How about you, are you planning to quit without a job?
:celebrate:

Sniper Angel
BlueBelt
BlueBelt
Posts: 272
Joined: Sat Jul 26,

Post by Sniper Angel » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:33 pm

Herbie wrote:unless the person hv the cash to tahan 6 monts to a year without a job otherwise shld not quit without a job


Can quit if you have at least 12 months salary to tahan.One of my friend did that! :celebrate:

Fairy
BrownBelt
BrownBelt
Posts: 673
Joined: Tue Oct 07,
Total Likes:2

Post by Fairy » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:21 pm

DesertWind wrote:
As for other colleagues, everybody was too busy working to bother about me and they were not the gossipy or kay-poh type.

The new job was a lot less demanding, no OT at all so it gave me the chance to recuperate and regain my energy. It was a parallel move to the new place hence compensation was somewhat equivalent.

Usually auditors from Big 4 who quit are in their twenties. Age is to their advantage but so far those I came across usually have concrete job offers before they quit.

How about you, are you planning to quit without a job?
:celebrate:


Not many working environments are made up of people who are not gossipy. In fact, office politics is one of the reason why people leave a job.
Good for you, this was not an issue.

Less demanding, less OT but same compensation. :D

Even if they quit without a job, which is very often the case, they have no problem landing another better one due to the perceived exposure they had by potential employers, particularly by the companies they had audited before.

Am I planning to quit without a job? .....sigh

Post Reply