A Reader’s Question – How soon can I quit my job without annoying my boss or looking like a “jumper” on my resume?December 3rd, 2013 Filed under: best sales jobs — Career Advice Author
Many of you like the questions and answers on this blog. I just found another one from ‘Katie_Jones’ who asks
I graduated about 6 months ago with my BCom in Human Resources. I did co-op, so I had about a year and a half of Administrative/Compensation Analysis experience under my belt when I left. I wanted to move to Calgary but after 2 months of struggle to find a job out of province, I decided to just move there. Having a bank account depleting at an incredibly fast rate with no job is terrifying, so I basically took the first job I could.I have now been working as a technical recruiter for 2 months and I HATE it. It’s an open environment where my boss puts down all the seasoned recruiters in front of everyone, there is this constant pressure to make the company money so I feel like I’m having a performance evaluation every day (sometimes you have an off day!), so much of my “success” is dependent on what other people do and I’ve just realized that I love recruiting, but don’t want to work in this industry. I think I’m going to try to find a Corporate Recruiter role. It suits me better.Now the question becomes, when can I quit? Some of what I dislike I was warned about(“this is a lot like a sales job”), so I already feel bad about that. Plus this is my first out-of-college position so it’s not like I have that much experience. My other concerns are looking like a “jumper” on my resume and leaving a bad taste in my company’s mouth. What do you think? Do I stay at least 6 months, 1 year? How should I approach my resignation when I do quit?
Answer: Most probationary periods are three months to give both employee and employer a chance to see if you are suited for the role. Check when your probation period is up, I wouldn’t stay a year in a job you don’t like. If furture employers ask about it, you can say it wasn’t what you were looking for. Say the same thing to your supervisor and they should be ok with that. You’ll have to check what notice you have to give, if it’s within the probationary period you might not need to give any but if you’re worried about ‘burning bridges’ I suggest giving at least a week for them to find someone else. Hope this helps and good luck!
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