Nance recently shared with Yahoo! Finance’s Cameron Huddleston about how she quit a job without having another one lined up. This is not how she preferred to do things. When she left other jobs, she typically gave two weeks’ notice. She typically left for school out of town, opportunities more aligned with her goals, or for promotions. But she almost always gave the courtesy notice and helped her employers find replacements for her. She respected even the jobs she hated, because each taught her something she could take with her on the road to success.
This one was different. It came after a lawsuit and law school. She hadn’t planned to leave the way she did. Despite concerns about her employer’s financial situation, she liked her work and was trying to turn the business around. Then, her aunt died, and she took a long weekend to attend the funeral out-of-state. When she returned, one of the first things her boss told her was how he landed a new client the day she was out. As he told more, it became clear that this was the corporate client Nance had been courting for several months. The main representative called to tell her they were ready to sign, but because she had been giving a eulogy around that time, her boss was going to take all the credit and profits.
Nance realized then it was time to leave. She had made the mistake of staying too long in other positions. It was time to do something different and get a different result.
“I knew that it was not a good time to make a major life decision,” Nance said, “but my family also reminded me that I did not have to take anyone’s abuse anymore.” She left with only a rough plan to do whatever it took to keep a roof over her head and meet her financial obligations. By the following Monday, she had her own law firm.
It took awhile before Nance and her former boss could address each other professionally and without hard feelings. She still respected him for taking a chance on her right out of law school and giving her trial experience.
In retrospect, she wishes she had planned her exit better. Nance’s tips for someone who wants to quit a job include:
- Do the self-exploration necessary to know why you want to leave your current situation. Is it the work? Which tasks do you like? Hate? Is it your boss? Co-workers? Something or someone else? What would your ideal workday look like?
- Know your numbers. What’s your bare minimum budget? You ideal? What benefits do you need? Are negotiable?
- Stay on PARR: Plan, Act, Revise, and Repeat, until you get the results you want. Are you one to look for happily ever after, once a decision has been made? How is that working out for you? Can you embrace the unknown? How can you take more charge of your life and career?
To read the full article, which contains a full range of tips from Nance and others, click here.
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Nance L. Schick, Esq. is a New York City attorney and mediator who focuses on keeping people out of court and building their conflict resolution skills, especially in business and employment disputes. Her holistic, integrative approach to conflict resolution draws from her experience as a crime victim, human resources supervisor, minor league sports agent, and United Nations representative. She is a 2001 graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo Law School trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM). She is also creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, author of DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master, and an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by Super Lawyers (ADR, 2018 & 2019), the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Finalist, Best for NYC 2015 & 2016), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (Finalist, 2013 Pitch Competition).