Help: Planning to resign from my job

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    Mar 18, 2014 5:16 AM GMT
    There comes a point in your life, where you have to make life altering decisions, this is one of them. There are a combination of factors that have led me to making this decision.

    - I have been in the current position for 2.3 years, no signs of moving up in the organization and to be honest, I would not expect it considering the position.
    - After 2.3 years, I am still not appointed. I have been getting the run around on this one for a while now and its one of the most critical factors in my decision to leave. I have asked my supervisor on a few occasions about it. That person kept insisting, its settled from this end, they just need to have it processed through the government - which is a load of BS if you ask me.

    A fellow colleague has been working at the same place for 5 years and only recent claimed they got appointed. At the same time, someone gave me a hint in administration that none of us are appointed. My understanding is, it is a tactic being used to keep us in check, if any of us make a wrong move, they can easily fire us.

    - Which brings me to my other point. Right now, my job functions have not been clearly defined, I am working in several areas with an immediate supervisor on certain days. That person is just lazy does not want to pull their weight. I understand the person is personally sabotaging me and preventing my appointment too because of their 'close' relationship with my employer.

    - Last week, because of the work load, I was not able to finish a task on time, requiring that I make some quick calls to an outside affiliate to get the extra time to finish it. Upon my boss hearing from his secretary I didn't complete it, I being threatened that he will fire me.

    - Now, I think that is the last straw that has brought me to the breaking point of wanting to leave.

    - 2.3 years and no appointment
    - terrible pay
    - multiple job functions with no defined job description
    - lazy immediate supervisor who wants me to do all the work while they Google all day.
    - threat of being fired.
    - In my first 5 months on the job I was given a reprimand letter for assisting co-workers outside of my department with a threat of 3 strikes you are out.
    - Abusive tone used by my employer towards me.
    - Excessive work loads
    - If its going to take 5 years to get appointed, then its a lot time wasted, considering that, I will have wait another 10 years before I can become pensionable, in addition to the deductions that will be made from current wages and there are no signs of wage freeze that is currently instituted being lifted anytime soon.

    I need some advice, instead of taking this abuse, I am planning on resigning at the end of the month when I get my salary.

    I was planning to hand in my resignation yesterday (March 17th), but I decided against it because of the following:

    - They might try to overwhelm me with tasks over the course of the next 2 weeks (trust me, they will do it), just to get value for their money.
    - Purposely withhold pay.
    - Awkward being in the environment for the next two weeks.
    - The fact that I am not even appointed, am I obligated to even give them 2 weeks notice? They have been stringing me along for 2.3 years.

    Just want you to know...
    - I have no interest in even adding them to my resume for work experience. So, if I apply for another job I don't end up in a awkward position if a potential employer calls them, don't want a recommendation either.

    - My idea is to just hand in the in resignation letter and don't turn back. Done! Would I be out of line, probably, but who cares.

    Right now, I feel like I have lost 2.3 years of my life. Although I won't be going into another job immediately, I feel for my sanity, dignity and reputation its best to leave now. With threats of being fired in the air and this was in the presence of other employees, I think its best. Also, have been told based on conversations that my boss has no respect for me. I know why...but I am not even going to get into that.

    So can I get some advice about how I can transition out of this without tripping the wrong wire?
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 18, 2014 5:19 AM GMT
    Never quit .... you can't get unemployment .... otherwise, you should have a job lined up before quitting. Finding a job when you don't have a job is harder then finding a job when you do have a job.
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    Mar 18, 2014 5:26 AM GMT
    Probably none of us in the US (most of us here) know anything about the employment situation in Jamaica. If you were in the US,it would always be best to secure a new job before quitting your old one. In the US, except in occupations where there is a real scarcity of skilled employees, it is difficult to get hired today, if you are not already employed somewhere. Good luck.
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    Mar 18, 2014 6:04 AM GMT
    The thing is, suppose I am fired even before I get a new job or purposely made redundant because of their tactics?
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    Mar 18, 2014 6:34 AM GMT
    It's always a good idea to get a new job before quitting your current one. However, if the situation at your current work is that bad, then go ahead and quit. BUT you should give a reason that isn't related to the work drama. Say that you're taking some off to help some family members. Or you want to go back to school. Leave on good terms, at least on record. Because in the future, next month/year/decade, you might apply for a job where they will ask for a history of ALL your previous jobs. And where they WILL run a background check to verify everything.
  • brendanmuscle...

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    Mar 18, 2014 10:51 AM GMT
    It sounds like a pretty nasty job, run by nasty management who look at you as a number of only what you can do for them. If i were you, i would get the hell out as soon as i could, but I'd make sure i had some funds saved up in the period i was not working. I think this is an important thing to ask yourself before making such a decision.
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    Mar 18, 2014 3:28 PM GMT
    PaulDee said ... A fellow colleague has been working at the same place for 5 years and only recent claimed they got appointed. At the same time, someone gave me a hint in administration that none of us are appointed. My understanding is, it is a tactic being used to keep us in check ...
    they dont hat only you, they hate everyone. stay where you are till you find some place better.
    You deserve better.
    Find a place that promotes their workers or a position you like enough to do for a long time.
  • Svnw688

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    Mar 18, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    Do what you need to do. But my advice is to keep your current job until you find another job.
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    Mar 18, 2014 5:22 PM GMT
    in your job search dont say anything bad about your current employer
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    Mar 18, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
    Ok, I will stay on until I can find something. Thanks for your advice.
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    Mar 18, 2014 10:19 PM GMT
    Company and management usually care about themselves for the most part. You're at their disposal if they can't see a reason to use you anymore. I agreed with some guys to stay but however, do you think it's worth it? Are they mean, nasty or just downright rude to you? Lol, life is too short to be unhappy about work. Quit, be unemployed to clear your head for a while, take a short vacation. There's always work to come back too. You retire at age 65.
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    Mar 18, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    Go out with a bang (and a band)

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    Mar 19, 2014 12:33 AM GMT
    Do not quit until you have another job that you have accepted. Trust me.

    Update your resume and start looking, but do not quit right away.

    Also, realize that every job you will find will have some element of these problems. "Other duties as assigned" is a common phrase in any job description.

    If you feel like you are qualified to move up, then start applying. Do not advertise it to people you work with. Make sure you choose references that you trust. There is nothing wrong with wanting to move forward with your career, but be realistic.

    It is much harder to find a job when you are unemployed. Stick it out and begin the hunt.

    Also, make sure you can give the proper notice (usually at least 2 weeks) that will keep you from burning any bridges. You still want them to be a good reference.
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    Mar 19, 2014 5:40 AM GMT
    TheQuest saidDo not quit until you have another job that you have accepted. Trust me.

    Update your resume and start looking, but do not quit right away.

    Also, realize that every job you will find will have some element of these problems. "Other duties as assigned" is a common phrase in any job description.

    If you feel like you are qualified to move up, then start applying. Do not advertise it to people you work with. Make sure you choose references that you trust. There is nothing wrong with wanting to move forward with your career, but be realistic.

    It is much harder to find a job when you are unemployed. Stick it out and begin the hunt.

    Also, make sure you can give the proper notice (usually at least 2 weeks) that will keep you from burning any bridges. You still want them to be a good reference.


    Very good points, thanks for the advice!
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    Mar 19, 2014 5:50 AM GMT
    Know the signs, sounds like it will get worse before it gets better? And your not alone, the quit rate is higher than ever before


    What Makes a Work Environment Hostile?
    http://humanresources.about.com/od/workplace-discrimination/g/hostile-work-environment.htm

    New thread started on the topic
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3735778


    http://humanresources.about.com/od/resigningfromyourjob/tp/seven-signs-quit-job.htm

    The three F's to watch out for

    Favoritism
    Family
    Fucking
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    Mar 19, 2014 12:13 PM GMT
    I am watching it carefully, if he makes another threat like that, I am leaving, job opportunity or not. You don't make threats like that and expect me to take it lightly.

    Its obvious because of my lack of appointment is why he can do it, but I would have preferred if it was done in the privacy of his office, not in front of the entire staff which was humiliating.
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    Mar 19, 2014 12:14 PM GMT
    paz_daddy saidaren't you in jamaica though? over there is a different ball game than the states in terms of the workplace.


    Well, I have never worked in the states, so, I wouldn't be able to contrast, but I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case over there too.
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    Mar 19, 2014 12:15 PM GMT
    scruffLA saidKnow the signs, sounds like it will get worse before it gets better? And your not alone, the quit rate is higher than ever before


    What Makes a Work Environment Hostile?
    http://humanresources.about.com/od/workplace-discrimination/g/hostile-work-environment.htm

    New thread started on the topic
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3735778


    http://humanresources.about.com/od/resigningfromyourjob/tp/seven-signs-quit-job.htm

    The three F's to watch out for

    Favoritism - Qualifies

    Family
    Fucking - Qualifies


    But I am not even going into detail.