I know that it is debated whether quitting a current job before you have a new job offer is a good idea (conventional wisdom suggests that it's not). But in my circumstance, things at my current job seem especially dire:
- I have reached the point where I "hate" my job and feel actively depressed as I commute to work in the morning.
- I began noticing serious problems with my job satisfaction in the middle of last year and began lots of job searching activity at that point -- so I have been doing many interviews, preparing resumes and cover letters, and searching many job listing sources. I have had no luck at all in the ~8 months that I have been looking, in terms of finding a potential new job that would be cognitively healthy for me. I have also spent a considerable amount of effort trying to tactfully explain my feelings to people in HR and to my manager, but across the board (even though my manager is very happy with my job performance) they have all told me there is no way to change the circumstances of the job that are most negatively impacting me.
- Many important people in my life (friends, significant other, counselor, and family) have adamantly insisted that the stories I have relayed about my job and the physical, cognitive, and emotional stress that are evident, are affecting me in severe ways and that I need to get myself away from my current job very soon -- if for no other reason than to stop the process of the way the job negatively affects my cognitive health.
Given these circumstances, I am contemplating just quitting from my current job. It would not be easy in terms of money, but I am not sure what else to do.
I am well aware that I would need to plan ahead for things like health insurance, but what are the other primary points that I should consider or plan ahead for when weighing whether it is a good idea to simply quit?
I am not looking for your normative judgement about quitting vs. not quitting (e.g. not soliciting "is it good or bad to quit" opinions). Instead I am looking for a reasonable list of things to be aware of related to quitting, such as:
- How will it impact a resume if I have taken time off for personal reasons?
- Aside from the obvious concerns about an emergency fund and health insurance, what are other costs to being unemployed that are less commonly forseen or anticipated.
Of course, Google searching can provide some help on these items. But that's always true of all questions on all Stack Exchange sites, and so merely saying that I should search for help on Google does not qualify as a response.
I hope it is clear from this extra remark that I am not soliciting opinions about whether it is normatively good or bad to quit. I am trying to gather information about the effects of quitting under the specific circumstance that remaining in the job is actively causing harm (versus the relatively more frequent situation where a person merely wishes to quit a job due to disliking it but does not experience significant harm from it on a daily basis).