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What You Need to Know Before You Quit

What You Need to Know Before You Quit

By Roberta Chinsky Matuson, Monster Contributing Writer

Job Stability Counts

You should also mind your track record. Scott Rothwell, general manager for Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel in Waltham, Massachusetts, believes it is important to look at your personal marketability before quitting your present job. “The first thing I look at on a resume or job application is job stability,” says Rothwell. “Job jumpers are rarely good candidates for consideration.”

Negotiation Power

Being employed is an advantage when it comes to salary negotiations. Prospective employers know that it’s unlikely an employed person will leave one job to take another job that pays less. If you are unemployed, you lose your edge in hourly pay negotiations.

Can This Relationship Be Saved?

If you’re reconsidering your job termination after taking the above factors into account, think of ways to resolve the issues at hand. “Employees and supervisors have a tendency to hope that if they ignore a problem, it will go away,” says Hamilton. “It is important to attempt to resolve problems as soon as you are aware there is a problem. Keeping communication open is key. Once the problem becomes personal, it becomes much more difficult to resolve and may require an objective third party [such as your HR rep] to work things out.”

If you are unable to resolve your differences, discuss the problem with someone who is responsible for the overall organization and not just your division, recommends Lisa Peterson, commissioner of public works for the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. If it’s purely a matter of a personality conflict, you might be able to transfer to a different part of the organization.

It may be time to move on if you cannot work through an uncomfortable situation. Be sure to follow the proper protocol so you don’t have to crouch behind a display the next time you see your ex-boss at the supermarket.

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