Quitting a new job after 2 months...please hope me!
March 27, 2012 4:02 PM Subscribe
I just hit the two month mark at my new job. I am miserable, due primarily to doing the work of about 3 people and the company culture (it's a small, family run business, and the two sons who are taking over the company in the next 2 years ran down the public hallway cursing each other out and hitting one another yesterday, to the point that one of them left with his face bleeding and we had to talk a tenant down the hall out of calling the cops). I've decided to leave, despite not having another job lined up. a) What's the best way to do this, and b) How do I spin it to potential employers?
posted by firei to work & money (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am relatively new to the working world - graduated college in '09, started working at a local office shortly there after, laid off from that job in March of '11. Decided to go to pastry school (April 11-Oct 11). Realized during the program that it is not for me (unfortunately, I don't know what is for me, but that's another question!)
Job hunted & interviewed throughout the winter, finally landed an office position in January. The first two weeks, I was just thrilled to be getting paid.
Ever since, though, it's been awful - it is a small, family run company - I am 1 of 4 non-family employees. They are working with a consultant to try to grow the business and make it more professional, but none of the family running it is actually making any changes. Additionally there's work enough for 3 people to be done daily, plus playing catch-up from 30 years of poor business management, and they aren't willing to hire anyone else to help with the workload - in the meantime, I have constant stress headaches and stomach pains from anxiety every day.
My current plan is to tell my supervisor tomorrow that I intend to resign and give four weeks notice. (I know that is a long time, and they may well kick me out before that, but considering that I don't have anything else lined up yet and they are so slow moving that they need that amount of time to get someone else in the door...) Additionally, I don't think they have a clue about it, and they will be very upset that I am leaving - I am constantly lauded as a great addition to the team. They are not malicious people, just shouldn't be running a business.
TLDR - whether it is the right decision or not, I can't stay there and am quitting.
1) Should I give a resignation letter?
2) Should I tell them more than "it's not a good fit"? (My supervisor was hired a few months before me to start "fixing" the company, she is also seemingly unhappy with the family craziness.)
3) When writing my cover letter for new job applications, I want to explain the unemployed-pastry-school time & the only-two-months-at-my-new-job in the best possible light...I feel like either one could be explained on their own, but maybe not together.
Any help is appreciated. Thank you for reading.