Better to quit my job or get fired? Restaurant edition.
January 8, 2013 6:46 AM Subscribe
I'm afraid I might be fired soon, but want to stay in the restaurant industry.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently got hired at a restaurant (1.5 months ago). The restaurant hired a lot of people at the same time as me and mentioned a few times (in subtle ways) that they'd over-hired so they could weed people out.
When I first started I got "written up" (unknown to me at the time) for an incident in which I was slow helping a table because I ended up with too many tables at once. (I was too new to know I had too many tables and asked for help ineffectively). Yesterday, I got written up again because a table moved into my section while I was putting away my sidework and I was too slow to seat them.
Anyway, after three warnings we can be fired. At this point I'm demoralized, nervous, and unsure (am I really super bad at my job, or has training been kind of insufficient, since I have no previous restaurant experience?). Today management showed me both documents and asked me to sign them and I did.
So, should I wait until they decide to fire me, or should I quit? I know, they might not fire me, but the last two incidents were so non-major to me (the first one was very very early on the job and the second one was a confusing thing where our sections were switched and I wasn't informed) that I doubt my ability to prevent future incidents and keep my job. Like, if there were something I could focus on and work on, I absolutely would-- but both of those situations kind of surprised me (as in they were both a one time thing and I didn't see them coming). Plus, it sounds like they were planning on firing a few people and are not going to hesitate.
On the other hand, I actually really like my job, and I'd like to continue to work in restaurants if possible. I assume that getting fired will be terrible for my future employment. I'm pretty certain I wouldn't be eligible for unemployment (haven't looked it up, but less than 90 days) and I have no other serving experience.
So, what do you think? I don't have a ton of savings but if I quit now I could get by. Would it really help to have two months of restaurant experience on my resume anyway? Also, if you've been fired from a restaurant job before I would appreciate any commiseration, I feel quite bad about myself for getting two warnings in such a short amount of time at something I actually really like.