Horrible bosses, toxic work environments, rude coworkers, no room for growth, low pay, feeling trapped, etc., at Clayton Services, one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston, we've heard just about every horror story imaginable regarding working for bad companies. As Houston recruiters, we completely understand not every company in Houston is one of the best places to work. However, we still highly encourage our job seekers (if possible) to follow the well-known adage of, 'don't quit your job until you have another one'. Below are some of the reasons why you should not quit your job before you've landed another one:
#1 Avoid a state of desperation.
If you quit your job and don't have another job lined up you risk putting yourself into a state of desperation. When job seekers become desperate they often jump at any job opportunity not the best opportunity for them.
#2 You have more leverage.
When you receive a job offer from a potential employer and you're currently employed elsewhere you have leverage in salary negotiations. You'll likely even receive a higher initial salary offer from a prospective employer - if they aware you will need to be enticed to leave your current position.
#3 You can evaluate what you really want.
Since you still have a job and reliable income, you can be more selective in your job search. Being more selective in your job search will increase your likelihood of landing not just any opportunity but the right opportunity. Brainstorm and write down the things that you want or don't want in your next job then rank them in order of importance and conduct your job search accordingly.
#4 You're more attractive.
Some of the best companies in the world only hire candidates that are 'passively' looking for a job (i.e. someone who currently has another job). Companies that do this believe the best employees are the ones who are currently working. At Clayton Services, we know this is not always the case especially if someone does not have a job because of a market downturn or company downsizing. But this is definitely something to be aware of if you're thinking about quitting your job.
#5 The transition into your next position will be easier.
In a perfect world, everyone would love to take a month off to travel the world or 'recharge their batteries' in between jobs. But, in reality this is not the best thing to do in between jobs. The transition into your next position can be more difficult if you've taken an extended period of time off. The learning curve at your next job may be steeper because you'll not only be dealing with the stress of changing jobs, but also relearning how to wake up in the morning, stay productive throughout the entire day, etc. for the first couple of weeks back in the work place.
At Clayton Services, one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston, we work with job seekers that are currently working and looking for a better job opportunities. We also work with job seekers who are not currently working and searching for great job opportunities. Contact us today to start working with one of our experienced Houston recruiters.