April 12, 2008 9:33 AM Subscribe
Two questions about quitting or not quitting my job in Washington, DC: 1. What are my rights if I quit and want to collect unemployment and 2. If I stay, how do I stay sane?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total)
I started a new job last year and it almost immediately became clear that the job and the organization were not what I thought they would be. However, I decided to give it six months. Six months did not help. There's no way I can stay in the job long term - it's way too stressful, the work environment is toxic, the staff is not respected by the organization's leadership.
So now I have a choice: quit and find another job, or stick it out until my project is done and then quit (by the end of the year anyway, so not that long).
If I quit, I would probably be able to get a new job pretty quickly, but nothing is certain and I may have to apply for unemployment benefits. Does anyone have experience applying for unemployment in DC after quitting a job? Did you have to prove that you left for "good cause?" I think I'd probably have a good case, considering the nature of my work environment and the fact that the job I'm told to do is pretty different than the job I was hired for, but I'd rather not be forced to drag my employer's name through the mud. Don't want to burn all my bridges.
Second question: how do I survive the rest of my time at this job without getting depressed or otherwise dragged down? I can already see this happening: I have little energy to do interesting things on the weekend, I'm constantly worried about work, I'm starting to lose confidence in my abilities related to my profession. I'm burning out.
There are a few good things about my job: I love my immediate coworkers. The 20% of the time I get to do the job I was hired for, I love it. They pay me well enough that I can save some money for something I've been planning for a while (sorry to be vague, but trying to keep the anonymity here). My title and the organization's good reputation are still pretty impressive, which will hopefully help me get a new job. How can I keep the focus on these things, and what I'm going to do afterwards, and the good things about life (friends, spring, etc) and away from the horrible, soul-sucking job?