March 1, 2009 4:52 PM Subscribe
How do I find a new job when I'm required to give three months notice from the old, unrelated one?
posted by anonymous to work & money (16 answers total)
Last year I came to the end of a fixed-term contract in the creative sector. Despite having offers for other contract work in the same sector I got recession cold-feet and decided to take a permanent post in a corporate organisation instead - a lot more cash, an easier commute, stability etc. However, 8 months in I'm going a bit crazy and realise I made a mistake. The environment is wrong for me (and me for it) and while I can fake it well enough for now I'm aware that the short-term wins are being gained at the expense of carving out a long-term, sustainable career in the area I love. If I were in my twenties I'd just sit it out for a while but I'm early 30s now and don't want to waste time.
The plan is to back to the type of work I had in the contract position but am a bit hamstrung by my corporate job's three-month notice period. I'm sending out applications for jobs but hearing nothing back at all, despite getting interviews and work offers before. I know there is more competition generally now but I also think my current job and salary is off-putting, and the notice period I'd need to give is too hefty.
I have four months worth of savings (no kids or debt) so there is a potential to quit now, and start serious hunting, maybe even doing some volunteer work to get back in there, but all the advice for leaving jobs in a recession is don't do it until you have something else lined up, so would this be madness?
Alternatively I could ignore the required notice - but is this legal (I'm in the UK)? Would I get a bad reference despite being a good employee, and if so, would this matter given my reasons for leaving? What approach should I take? Any thoughts welcome.