How to Quit Your Job When You Hate Your Boss

How to Quit Your Job When You Hate Your Boss

They say that people don’t quit jobs, they quit awful bosses…

At some instances this is true and since you are here, I can only guess that this is probably the case for you as well.

The good news is that your situation is easily reversible.

Since you only hate your boss and not your career, the easiest and fastest way to improve your situation is to look for a similar job in another company, under a new boss, with whom you might end up getting along better…

Of course, it’s impossible to know beforehand if your relationship with another boss is going to unfold in a smoother manner that your relationship with your current boss but you just have to take your chances to improve your situation right?

Anyway, I know that leaving a job is not an easy decision to make, no matter the reason driving you to quit but that’s why I am here.

To offer you some tips, insights, advice, and out-of-the-box suggestions that will help you make the transition from the boss you currently hate to a boss you might end up loving.

 

How to Quit Your Job When You Hate Your Boss

1 • Start Saving Money

The first and foremost advice that you’ll be hearing a lot within this blog when it comes to quitting your job is that you need to start setting some money aside.

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Yes, you might never need it but it’s better to have in case you need than to need and not have.

Having a financial safety net on the side, and I speak from my personal experience here, is definitely going to make the whole process of quitting your job much easier and less scary.

How?

First of all, it reduces the fear of not having money to eat or pay the bills. This, in turn, will help you make decisions which are going to be in favor of your happiness and well-being rather than decisions which come from a place of “needing money right now”.

Secondly, if you manage to gather enough money (6-12 months worth of expenses), you could quit your job without having found another one, let yourself rest for a while, figure out what you really want to do and then start planning your course of action.

For instance, a month ago I quit my job without having anything else lined up. I never planned to leave a job like that… It just happened… I reached a breaking point whereas I just couldn’t set foot at work again not even for another week.

If I hadn’t been gathering money for the last 2 years, I definitely wouldn’t have the guts to take such leap and leave myself incomeless.

Lastly, even if you land another job before leaving your current one, you can’t possibly know how things are going to work out…

For instance, I left my previous job, because I got hired in another one. However, after a week at my new job, they told me that I wasn’t a good fit and that they had to let me go.

Thankfully, I got other offers as well and I jumped on a third job instantly but even if I hadn’t I would still have money to sustain myself for a while.

The thing is that once you quit your job you will be going through a process during which you might find yourself without an income unexpectedly and if that happens you’ll be extremely glad that you have some money on the side to take care of your needs and expenses.

So, no matter why you want to leave your job and how you are planning to do it, start setting some money per month aside because you never know when it might come in handy.

 

2 • Upgrade Your Resume

Resume

The second step to quitting your job when you hate your boss is to start upgrading your resume.

I know, cliche, right? Like you haven’t heard of that for like a million times.

However, this is the case because your resume is the first, foremost, and sole criterion based on which your feasible employer decides if they are going to call you for an interview or not.

Having a neat resume is absolutely going to dramatically increase your chances of getting called for interviews.

This was definitely the case for me.

During the last 3 years, I have applied to hundreds of jobs and have attended dozens of interviews but for the few first months that I first started sending over my resume, I got no calls for interviews whatsoever.

It was after a while I realized that this happened because my resume sucked… And it sucked hard!

So, I went online, read some articles, found out ways and tricks to improve it and along with being a little creative I put together a resume which is now getting me calls for interviews from at least 50% of the jobs I apply.

Here are some tips to help you improve your resume right off the top of my head

  • Make it unique, but do not overdo it… For instance, within my resume, I included my favorite quote. Most of the people who have interviewed me usually make a positive comment about it. Plus it’s also a great way to spark a conversation with them about a subject I am knowledgeable about
  • Include all your previous work experience… This will show the feasible employer that you are actually diligent and not just a slack off
  • Sell your former job duties better… For example, if you were working as a cashier at Mc Donalds don’t just write down “Cashier at Mc Donalds from 2010 to 2014”. Instead, try to include all your duties below the job description such as customer service, invoicing, handling complaints and returns, etc
  • Use Headings
  • Leave white space between the headings to make your resume easier to read
  • Use a lot of bullet points under your headings
  • Since you’ll be looking for a job similar to your current one, make sure to display your current job description and duties at the very top of your resume

 

3 • Start Applying to Jobs

Now that you have your resume ready, it’s time to start applying to other job positions.

Start doing your research, find 10 job openings that interest you, apply to all of them, and wait for a couple of weeks to see if you’ll get called for interviews.

If you get called from less than a couple of those 10 jobs you applied, then before applying to more, you’ll have to go back and improve your resume further in order to increase the percentage of interviews you’ll get called for.

Once you are done improving your resume for the second time, start from the top, apply to 10 more jobs, etc, etc.

I suggest that you keep going through this process until you manage to be getting called for interviews from at least 50% of the jobs you apply to.

Why?

First of all, you’ll get confirmation that people actually want to employ you. This will increase your confidence in your ability to land a job which will, in turn, make you more likable and less needy and scared during your interviews.

Secondly, you’ll manage to gather feedback on what kind of resume people actually like in order to build a solid one which potential employers are going to love.

Lastly, if for any reason you need to start sending over your resume again, you’ll probably be able to land a decent job relatively quickly.

 

4 • Attend a Number of Interviews

Ok so, you now have a good resume at your hands, you have been called for interviews from a lot of the jobs applied and some of them are even willing to hire you.

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However, before taking a new job, make sure to attend as many interviews as you possibly can especially if you haven’t gone through that process for many years.

Why?

You might not believe it, but being good at attending interviews is a skill that can be cultivated. The more interviews you attend, the better and more confident you become at going through interviews.

This means 3 things

  • More jobs will want to hire you… The feeling of having an abundance of jobs to choose from gives you the power to choose the best job instead of taking a mediocre job out of the necessity of quitting your old one
  • You might end up landing a much better job than you had ever imagined
  • You’ll have the confidence to negotiate higher wages

On the other hand, if during your first couple of interviews you come across an opportunity which it would just be stupid to pass it might be smart to seize it at once and get the hell out of your current job ASAP.

Before leaving my previous job for another one 4 months ago, I liked that I had a number of proposals and I ended up the one I considered as the best for me.

 

5 • Leave Without Any Drama

Okay, everything is going according to plan, you managed to land a new job, and so now it’s time to let your soon-to-be former boss know that you won’t be seeing him ever again.

However, the process of handing in your notice could be tricky especially if the relationship between you and your boss has always been unstable. Just a small spark might be enough to tick you off and tell your boss all about how you really feel about him with excruciating detail. And thinking that you’ll probably never see him again further alleviates your inhibitions.

However, instead of letting your boss know about everything that you believe is wrong with him or his company the best thing for you would be to preserve your dignity and conduct yourself professionally throughout the resignation process.

Shake Hands with your Boss

Save the big speech that you have been preparing for the past 5 years and just be the bigger man/woman here.

Maintain your composure like a statue!

 

Thank your boss for the opportunity he gave you to work in his company… Shake his hand, tell him that you’ll miss working around here, even if it’s all a big fat lie.

Never forget that your new employer might ask the employer you hated for references and having left under bad circumstances could negatively affect the relationship with your new employer as well.

6 • Don’t Overthink it

It took me almost 2 years working a job I hated until I finally made the decision that I had to move on.

During those 2 years, I had attended innumerable interviews and got dozens of job offers. But I took none.

Thoughts such as “what if I don’t like this new job?” or “what if this new job is worse than my previous one?” kept holding me shackled.

But truth is, it’s impossible to answer any of those questions beforehand.

You can’t know if

  • your new job is going to be ideal
  • your new boss is going to be better than your old one
  • your new colleagues are going to like you or if you are going to like them
  • you’ll have to keep working overtime
  • they will even pay you for this overtime
  • etc

For instance, as I stated earlier, it took me 2 years until I made the decision to jump from a job I hated to another one.

For the first couple of months working that new job, things were unfolding pretty smoothly and it seemed like I had landed just in the right place.

However, after 2 months there, something happened…

A guy who had been working that job for 20+ years left, I was forced to take over all of his duties and I had to keep working for 10-12 hours a day to complete all the required tasks.

As you can understand all the burden fell on me and work just became unbearable.

From that point on, I lasted working there only for 2 more months…

I ended up quitting that job as well, without having anything lined up.

What I am trying to say here is that instead of wasting 2 more years at a job you hate, just like I did, because you are after landing your “perfect” job, just be aware that what seems perfect at the beginning might turn into a huge pile of elephant shit in mere seconds.

No matter how much you overthink it, no matter how hard you try to land that perfect job of yours, you can NEVER be 100% sure that things are going to work out the way you have imagined them to.

 

7 • Consider Alternative Ways Out

Just so you know, finding another job is not the only way to quit your current one.

In fact, there are tons of other ways to eventually replace the income your current job provides you in order to quit it.

Some of those ways are

  • Freelancing
  • Working on commission
  • Retail arbitrage
  • Run a blog
  • Dropshipping
  • and much more

For more information on that subject, go ahead and take a look at my 15 Ways To Replace Your Income In Order To Quit Your Job In 2019.

 

8 • Become Your Own Boss

Quit Your Job Be Your Own Boss PinterestLet’s face it…

One of the main reasons that bosses really exist is for their employees to hate them!

The only way to really avoid going from bosses you hate to other bosses you hate is to figure out a way to become self-employed or as I like to call it, your own boss!

I know, it’s easier said than done but it’s not impossible!

Thankfully, I got you covered!

If quitting all bosses forever sounds like a great idea to you, then you must definitely go ahead and take a look at my very enlightening article How To Quit Your Job And Be Your Own Boss [Like a Boss].

 

So, for how long have you been working under a job you hate? Why exactly do you hate him/her? Why haven’t you quit just yet?

You can vent all about it in the comments below!

 

If you have any questions or need any further help or guidance from me, I encourage you to email me at xaric@dearboss-iquit.com or drop me a PM on my Wealthy Affiliate Profile.

Whatever the case, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

My best regards to you,

Xaric,
dearboss-iquit.com

 

 

 

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Hello Xaric, 

    Great post on quitting your job when you hate your boss. I also read your 15 Ways to replace your income!

    In my case, I was made redundant 6 months ago, and the job was good at the time, but I have no interest in finding another one just like it. It’s not that I hated my boss, not at all. But I’ve moved on. 

    But I’m very unclear to what I’ve moved on! I’m still running out of unemployment insurance, but I feel I need to start earning a bit of money fast, and so I’m curious about all these alternative ways. 

    I don’t want to have a boss, but that’s scary: if you don’t have a formal boss, then your clients are your many bosses, or your readers are if you’re running a blog…

    Well, since I am completely undecided at this point, it was cool to read your story and see that you are on your way of getting there with your blog. That’s something much worth pondering. 

    1. As long as you keep searching, and you don’t settle, you’ll eventually find your way. Start experimenting with a couple of those 15 ways that I mentioned you can replace your income with and who knows.

      Maybe you’ll discover your purpose and passion there!

      But you have to act! Don’t just say “Gosh, retail arbitrage seems nice and it could work but what if this happens and what if that happens”.

      Just do it and you’ll see how it goes. Don’t assume before you do.

      Good luck with finding your way!

      Xaric

  2. Hi Xaric,

    Quitting your job and your main source of income isn’t always an easy thing to do especially if you have a mother and her young family to take care of. 

    I’m happy to see that you had a plan in place to go about this very disruptive event. 

    I also like the fact that you’re big on saving money and having at least 6-months of savings, to provide for yourself and loved ones in the event of a job change or job loss.

    What was the reason you quit your job?

    Were you able to find a better one in the process?

    I keep reading that the main reason people quit their jobs is because of bad managers.

    Has this been a factor in your case?

    Thanks for presenting your many suggestions. I may have to consider them more closely at a later date.

    Paul

    1. Thankfully I have no one to take care of but myself which is something that made the whole process of quitting my job much, much easier.

      I quit my last job mostly due to a very long commute as well as due to too much unpaid overtime. I’ve never quit a job just because of a bad manager or boss mostly because I’ve learned how to handle them.

      Truth is I am getting a lot of good job proposals lately but since I have a substantial amount of savings, I’ve decided to not work a 9-5 for a while and just focus on growing my online business until my savings start running out…

      After all, I am pretty confident that I’ll be able to find a decent job as soon as I need it.

  3. Hi, Xaric, I can relate because I just got out a job I hated. I was only there a few months, but succeeded in picking up some decent income to last me a few months. Not six months of income, but five tops, with three months of income in my primary account. However, I’m actually looking to get back into my craft of personal training and am focusing on receiving my training credentials to get back into the game. I haven’t trained in a year, but I’ve actually put a lot of your recommendations to use, such as going to interviews for other jobs, and upgrading my resume.

    I’m looking to train while simultaneously building some affiliate networking blogs, including a fitness-oriented one as well that I’m building the framework for. I don’t plan on being out of work for any longer than a month to two months, and am using the time to get back into fitness; once I get my credentials back I can apply for jobs there again, hopefully within the next two or three weeks. 

    It is a risk to quit a job without having another one, however if we have a sound plan we can tackle the uncertainty of a future without income for a couple months. 

    1. Wow, sounds like you have your plan figured out. That’s great!

      I hope that everything turns out as you’ve planned it 🙂

      My best regards,

      Xaric

  4. You’re absolutely right!

    I am far more compelled to leave a job over nasty managers and coworkers, than anything else. I think that workplace drama and abuse is the most common reason people leave jobs in general. Your suggestions make a lot of sense, and I’m glad you pointed out the importance of not overthinking it. I am a chronic over-thinker, unfortunately. It really holds me back.

    What would you say are some good coping mechanisms while you’re stuck in an abusive environment for a while? 

    1. Well, that depends on the kind of abuse as well as your tolerance towards it. For instance, I don’t really care about verbal abuse. It’s just not affecting me. My boss could yell and swear at me and I would probably end up bursting into laughs (which made him even angrier)…

      But I definitely wouldn’t stay in a job where I was being sexually harassed or where my health and life were at risk just for some money.

      Maybe you could find some answers to your question by reading my article 4 Ways To Deal With A Job You Hate Like A Pro.

  5. I loved your post here, Xaric!

    Hating your job can be tricky and with more pressure being placed on your boss’s shoulders these days, it will probably keep getting worse.

    The tip about leaving professionally without much drama is very important.

    This could make all the difference whether you’ll be able to find another job because most employers now tend to ask for a reference from your last place of employment.

    1. To tell you the truth, from all the dozens of job interviews I have gone through during the last 3 years, just one employer told me that he would need a reference from one of my old bosses before hiring me.

      Nonetheless, nobody should risk leaving a job on bad terms because you can’t know what just a single bad reference might cost you…

  6. I hated my job so bad that after I went on maternity leave from work, I never returned. I’ve done so much and worked so hard for a low salary every month. Not to mention that I did all that hard work while being 8 months pregnant. 

    I decided to be a stay at home mom and find a way to make my living online. I’ve gone through a lot of scam programs but thankfully, never lost any money to them…

    Eventually, I came across Wealthy Affiliate which is the best platform to make your living online by far.

    1. Thank you for sharing your motivating story with us Aabidah!

      I hope that everything turned out okay for you.

      Xaric

  7. This was a cool read. Nice job! I especially like the tips about upgrading the resume. It has actually never crossed my mind to include a quote within a resume. That’s probably one of the most unique resume tips I’ve heard!

    And I agree with attending several interviews. It’s a great confidence booster and can help people hone their interviewing skills.

    1. I am glad you found this helpful Nate!

      Go ahead and try including your favorite quote in your resume and see how it goes 🙂

      If you happen to come by again, let me know how it performed…

      Xaric

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