Oct 25, 2019 - 04:24 PM
Very often we believe that if we quit our current job we'll have much more time to focus on finding a new job. Unfortunately, it rarely works that way. The job search can take longer than expected. Rather than finding the dream job, you may end up desperately looking for – and taking – any job you can find (due to the fact that you have no income). And often, in that case, you'll land back in the same situation you were in before – with a job you hate.
Plus, an odd thing can happen when you quit with no job. First, potential new employers will ask you why you left. In all likelihood, it was because you were very unhappy. Talking about a negative work situation is not the way to start any phone screen or interview off on the right foot.
Second, an employer may not be able to relate to the idea of quitting a job with no job. They may assume that you didn't really quit. They may think you were fired. I know; that sounds impossible. But, think of it from the employer perspective. So few people quit a job without having another job lined up that it may seem unlikely to the employer that you quit. They may think you were fired (or, just find it very fishy/suspect that you quit a job without having another job lined up).
Long story short: Do your best to stay at your current job until you find another. Exceptions to this advice include an unsafe or extremely unhealthy work environment.