Q. I really need to get out of my current job. Do you recommend that I quit before I find another job or should I stick this job out while I look for something else? I am really stuck on what to do.
A. As much as I would like to give you a firm answer, unfortunately, you are the only one in a position to determine whether or not to leave before you have another position. To help you make the right decision for you, consider these two points:
- Many people find it easier to look for work when they are not embroiled in the drama associated with their current position.
- There are potentially negative perceptions associated with candidates who are unemployed (I know, crazy right?!). Studies show that it is easier to find a new position when you are already employed, something that unemployed people know all too well.
I know that the above conflicting points aren’t likely to help you determine the right way forward, but at least your decision will be better informed. Whatever you decide to do, I certainly recommend that you focus on creating a really powerful new resume (and associated job search documents) to help shorten the time between now and your next big thing!