without a net

I gave my two weeks’ notice at my job today.

I have a pretty strict policy about not talking about my job on my blog, because it just doesn’t seem like a very wise thing to do. And I’m still not going to get into specifics about it now. But I’ll say this: I started this job back in January, and I liked it at first because it was all new and I was learning about a side of the IT industry that I’d never worked in before. Sure, it wasn’t my intended career path, but it was a work-from-home job so it worked with my lifestyle/parenting choices, and it was kinda fun at first.

But once it stopped being all new and exciting? I got bored. And it showed. I’ve definitely been putting in a half-assed effort because this just isn’t something that interests me. It’s just a job. I don’t hate it and I don’t love it, it’s just… neutral. But it’s a really small company and my boss feels like everybody needs to work together and feel like an invested stakeholder in the company in order for it to be successful. I get where he’s coming from, because this company is his baby, but at the same time? This isn’t my passion. I don’t want to be a primary stakeholder in any company. I have enough responsibility in my day-to-day life as a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, etc… I have no desire to be a CEO of anything.

Because my job performance has been pretty sub-par lately, I was put on probation this week. This really just reinforced to me what I already knew: I’m not very good at this job, I don’t particularly like it, and I want to go back to tech writing. So my resume is out there, I’ve got a couple of different job possibilities cooking, and I turned in my notice.

I’m a little scared that I quit without having another job already lined up. But I also know that I’m doing the right thing. There’s no need to continue in a job that I suck at. My boss actually sounded relieved when I told him I was quitting.

So, that’s what’s going on here. Now I just have to scramble like hell and hope that the perfect job shows up in the next two weeks. Wish me luck!

14 thoughts on “without a net

  1. Oh my God! I wish I had the balls to do this… figuratively speaking of course. That whole whatever attitude?? That’s what I have! I’m go back and forth between hating my job and just being “meh” about it. I’m just terrified of the “what ifs” if I don’t find something else. My pay pays the mortgage, his pays everything else… so quitting without another job, I can’t even imagine Congratulations, to you! I’m officially in awe of and inspired by you. Warning… excessive adjulation may ensue.

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    • @Hamlet’s Mistress, Believe me, the amount that I bring home? Is nowhere NEAR enough to pay for the mortgage. If my income was essential to our financial survival, it’d be a whole different story. But that’s definitely not the case here. And that’s another reason for wanting to leave: tech writers make more money!

    • @Meredith @lifescrazyjoke, Yeah, and hopefully the window that opens when the door is closed happens to be on the ground floor. 🙂 Thanks!

  2. I’m in the same type of situation (minus the probation). I’m bored at my job…I don’t get enough work, which is partly because no one wants to train me on new things. I HATE BEING BORED at work!!!! I can’t afford to quit, but if something better were to come a long I would totally jump ship!

    Good luck to you, I know you will find something new soon!!! My fingers are crossed! XOXO
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    • @AmazingGreis, Honestly, it’s a lot easier to find another job when you already have one. So if you don’t like where you are, update your resume and start looking around. Life’s too short to do something you hate for a living.

  3. Congratulations to you! It’s hard to quit one job without another one, but it is the responsible and professional thing to do. Are you registered with Creative Circle and Paladin? They have a lot of off-site writing projects.
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  4. Good for you for not settling. I know how hard it can be to leave a job without something else lined up but something will come along. You will find something that makes you happy or at least keeps you satisfied.

    Good Luck!
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