With unemployment hovering around 9 percent in April 2011 – one of the highest levels in decades – any job might seem indispensable and quitting a luxury you can ill afford. But leaving a new job could actually be the best thing for your career as well as your health. Before you act, consider your short-term needs, like how you will make up the lost income, as well as your fallback options.
Ideally, you want to have another opportunity lined up, with a firm job offer in hand, before you give notice to your new employer about your intent to quit. Also, consider the pay and benefits of your current job. It may offer valuable benefits, such as health insurance, that you cannot afford on your own. Consider your future employment, because some employers refuse to rehire a person if he resigned in the past.
Tell your boss face to face that you want to resign, suggests Peter Vogt of Monster. This displays a high level of professionalism and you avoid the ambiguity of an email. You can also gauge the employer's reaction and perhaps respond in a way that saves your professional reputation. Be honest in your reasoning. Making up a story, such as a death in the family, is not as powerful as explaining that staying would hurt both you and the employer, Vogt says.
Staying at a job you do not enjoy is likely to affect your performance. Also, you may end up quitting eventually, so resigning quickly ends the pain early. Prolonging your employment with the company could end up damaging your health, due to the stress of working a job you do not like. If you leave early, the company may even reassess its training and job duties so the next employee does not jump ship so quickly.
Offering to stay until the employer finds another suitable candidate might calm the manager's reaction to your resignation and let you leave on a positive note. The employer may try to keep you by renegotiating your salary and other benefits, such as a flexible working schedule. When you apply to another job in the future, think about your level of commitment before accepting an offer.