What to Consider Before Quitting Your Job

by Neil Kokemuller

Quitting a job without careful consideration of the potential consequences and life effects is unwise. Unfortunately, many people quit jobs on an impulse or in a fit of anger. Before quitting, you should weigh the potential for getting a new job, the economic impact on you and your family and the long-term drawbacks of what you give up.


Before quitting a job, it is important to consider your motives. A March 2013 article in "The New York Times" noted that people who quit while in a state of emotional uncertainty often regret their decisions. If you are pondering quitting, take time to clear your head and figure out if it is a logical move, or an emotional reaction. If you have personal issues, perhaps those will subside and you can refocus. If the work environment or your coworkers are toxic, quitting may be the right move.


Once you decide to quit, you need a strategy to do so professionally and in a manner that doesn't burn bridges with managers and coworkers. These are the people you will likely rely on for references in the future. While it might feel good to vent on the way out the door, it is rarely the right move from a professional standpoint. In some cases, people actually leave a company and return after a few months or years. Don't close the door.

Your Next Job

You should also consider your next job before you commit to quitting the current one. In particular is the next job already in motion. It makes more sense to leave a current job with proper two-week notice if you have something else lined up. If not, weigh the availability of jobs in your chosen profession. Additionally, you will likely get the question in an interview "Why did you leave your last job?" This is added incentive to leave for the right reasons, but to have a plan on how to explain your reasons logically and strategically to the next hiring manager.


One of the most basic considerations is financial practicality. You have to ask yourself, "Can I afford to quit?" This question is much simpler if you are single. With a family, it is more complex. In a two-income household, you might be able to survive for a little while on one income by cutting back. A strong savings account provides some cushion as well. Job searches can last a few months or longer in many cases.

About the Author

Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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