Long notice period: Should I quit before finding a new job and hope for the best?
February 28, 2012 8:46 AM Subscribe
I'm concerned my rather long notice period at work (3 months, UK) will harm my chances for finding new work. Should I quit before finding a new job and hope for the best?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm in a job that I've realised doesn't suit me, so it's time to find another job. However, I'm required to give three months' notice, and I'm concerned that may ruin my chances of finding the kind of work that I want due to employers hiring someone with comparable skills who is more readily available.
So, should I a) give my notice and spend my spare time in the following three months getting my ass into gear and finding another job with fingers crossed I get an offer? Or, b) should I try to line up something before I quit and risk spending more time in a situation I'd rather not be in?
I do have the option of freelance work if I choose option a) and no permanent job offers come my way before the three months are up.
There is also a need for headcount reduction across all divisions, so I could try to get my post made redundant (laid off, basically, with benefits), but that would mean discussions with my boss about this and revealing my plans before I'm ready. Risky.
The reasons I want to leave are:
- professionally: it's a management role and I'd rather be in a production-based role, which is what I used to do before this
- personally: it's far from home and I spend most of the week away from family (spouse and child) and friends - not good; and the stress of it all is affecting my physical and mental health.
And, having read previous posts on similar topics, it's not an option to leave before working out my full notice period.
What would you do?