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Should You Quit Your Job (Even Now)?

Should You Quit Your Job (Even Now)?

Should you stay or should you go?

April 21, 2009

Your job is making you miserable. You dread getting up in the morning, you have nightmares about your boss and the thought of looking at that spreadsheet one more time literally makes you sick to your stomach.

But no matter who you turn to, you get the same tired advice: now is not the time to quit.

Six hundred thousand people lost their jobs in February. Another 700,000 in March. Layoffs are impacting every industry, professional rank, and geographic region; so it would seem that these days, you’re lucky if you have a job at all – let alone one you like.

It’s no surprise that Americans are indeed clinging on for dear life. While it’s difficult to measure exactly how many of the unemployed left their jobs by choice, there’s certainly a growing wariness of quitting in the months since the economic downturn.

Of course, some still take the plunge, in spite of – or even because of – the recession.

“It just wasn’t worth it anymore”

Bethany Jones, 35, worked from home as a Medical Transcriptionist for seven years before quitting in February.

After her pay was slashed by almost fifty percent, she decided “it was no longer worth the achy hands and headaches.”

“I was dissatisfied with the company I worked for. I was getting paid less and less and was given harder reports to type. This behavior seemed to increase as the recession deepened.”

After mulling it over for the past year, Jones had finally had enough. She put in her notice and went to work for her husband’s diesel repair business (which was seeing more momentum with the economic downturn).

“I miss the work I did, but I don’t miss being tied down for 40+ hours a week with little to show for my efforts.”

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