I quit my job today

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  1. Gary->dee

    Gary->dee Screenwriter

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    And today was exactly a month since I had started there. When you gotta go you gotta go. It felt good telling the lady that hired me that I didn't need to work there. I was making the decision for myself as opposed to someone else making it for me and it felt good. I don't know how many times I'll be able to afford the luxury of quitting a job regardless of my personal responsibilities, but this was one time I could so I took advantage of it. It was a dead-end job with lots of stress and low pay in the credit card industry. Some people might think I'm crazy or stupid but my sanity and health matters much more than my income working for someone else. And no I don't live with my parents so it wasn't just a matter of having someone else support me.

    Anyone else ever quit a job? What were the reasons and how did you feel about it?
     
  2. Aaron_Mum

    Aaron_Mum Stunt Coordinator

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    I had to quit a summer job I had worked at for a few summers as the boss thought my hair was too long. He told me to get a haircut and come back the next day. I thought about it decided not to come back. That hair took a long time to grow out you know! His reason: it wasn't fair to the other guys in the shop. I guess that long hair and the oil patch just don't mix. It sucked because I was going to college at the time and I needed to work every day in the summer to get by.

    In case you care I am clean cut now, reformed! I was good to have that long hair in my younger days. I'm glad I didn't cut it off for some prick.
     
  3. Kevin Alexander

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    Wow, I just quit my job as well....actually, I just turned in my notice to finish up the month. You're right that it does feel good to quit rather than being told that you're fired or laid off. My reasons for quitting? The same as yours....dead end job w/ lots of stress, no time for family or friends, and a feeling that I'm not in control of my life. I'm going to try going into business for myself. Many of my friends have done it w/ very good success.
     
  4. Gary->dee

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    Maybe 'tis the season to quit dead-end jobs, Kevin? [​IMG]

    You know I was thinking about this recently I think that perhaps the biggest most successful revolution that could ever occur in terms of what the average person could do is quit their jobs en masse. No violence or even demonstrations. Imagine thousands or even millions of people quitting their jobs. Companies would collapse. I'm not sure what the circumstances of the revolution would be but I bet it would result in quite a shockwave depending on the cause.

    At any rate, good luck to you Kevin. Much success in your endeavors. Do your thing. [​IMG]
     
  5. Seth Paxton

    Seth Paxton Lead Actor

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    I quit my first job at Hardee's (fast food) when they wouldn't give me the night off for the Aerosmith concert.

    It was only the Done with Mirrors tour (before they were clean and back in great form) but it was still worth it. [​IMG] I mean is there anything better than quitting a job for a rock concert, especially a classic rock band like that?

    Obviously I could later appreciate the final few scenes in Dazed and Confused.
     
  6. Holadem

    Holadem Lead Actor

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    Twice, both in college

    Campus bookstore - been there for 2 years, had become a nightmare for a year. I quit at the first run in with the new manager a month after getting my Green Card (which allowed me to find employement off campus). Someone inside the bookstore stole a book I had bought, she wouldn't do anything about it. [deleted strong expletive. I'll be nice].

    I then went to...

    UPS - Did the 2AM to 8AM shift during the busy Nov-Dec season (then head to school from there, it SUCKED) for 2 months before I quit. Why? Because I hung my jacket in the designated area and some fucknut stole it. Security wouldn't even check the tapes. I bounced but I at least left a message to the guy who hired me. It was tought being flat broke for the next couple of months. Some evil memories.

    I wouldn't do it today without having something lined up. Feeding a child and putting your brother through college will do that to you. I guess that makes me a Responsible Person(tm) [​IMG].

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  7. Gary->dee

    Gary->dee Screenwriter

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    Nope, even though I'm not a big Aerosmith fan. It's the principal though. [​IMG]

    I quit my first job at Burger King after a few weeks. I thought I could make it but hell no. Actually the same could be said for the job I just quit today.
     
  8. Scott L

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    I'm trying to quit my job but all the people I send my resume to never call. [​IMG]
     
  9. Ron-P

    Ron-P Producer

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    I almost did yesterday.

    Told my boss Wednesday we need to talk. We went out to a 2+ hour lunch yesterday. After lunch was over I ended up with a $250 per week raise and in 6 months another $250 increase. He wanted to give me the full $500/week but that would have been difficult to push through in one shot. Needless to say I was floored and it came unexpected so I never even brought up the fact I had another offer on the table and was ready to quit if my pay did not increase.

    I love my job, I love the people I work for but for my abilities I felt I was worth more, he agreed 100%. I went in thinking I'll ask for $200/wk and end up with $150 or so. I did not expect $250 and nearly passed out when he said another $250 in 6 months.

    To boot, starting January I will be given an additional weeks paid vacation.

    There is no smiley icon that can accurately replicate the smile on my face currently.

    Best of luck finding a better job. It's not easy finding somthing you love to do and get paid to do it.
     
  10. Danny Tse

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    Ron, more HT hardware for The Driftwood? [​IMG]

    Back on topic....I wish I can quit my job right now; I need to line up something soon. I will go nuts if I stay here any longer.
     
  11. Chris Lockwood

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    Seth, couldn't you have just called in sick that night?

    Ron P, what kind of job is that? That's like two $6/hr raises. Wow. How long have you been there? That's about the biggest raise I've ever heard of anyone getting that didn't involve changing positions, except for TV actors or the like. Those two from CSI should hire you as their agent. [​IMG]

    What I've seen happen a lot is that even when the person has a real offer from another employer that is a lot higher, and their leaving will cause the company to have to spend months training a replacement at much greater expense than the raise would have been, the company still won't budge. Or if the offer is for 30% more, they'll offer a 5% raise. Usually the only way to get a sizable raise is to go elsewhere. Isn't it funny how a new employee off the street is worth more than the guy who has been working for you for years?


    > Imagine thousands or even millions of people quitting their jobs. Companies would collapse.

    Nice fantasy, but it will never happen. Just look at how many people will work unpaid overtime (that their employment agreement says is supposed to be paid) because they are told to. It's like those ideas about "let's all boycott the gas stations next Tuesday".
     
  12. Chris

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    January 2002. I quit a $60,000/year + benefits job with lifetime employment guarantees. I decided money just didn't mean enough to me if I was working for a boss who I thought was a b***h and didn't forsee that changing. Certain things were said, I gave them a 30 day notice, and panic ensued. I was the network administrator in a retirement community; and was thier HIPAA admin.

    It's taken me a while to get back to that or better then that income, but I've been happier every day.

    Sometimes we sum up money with "your take jobs that make less" Maybe so, but I'll make "less" for "happy" every day of the week; working in a job you hate is like walking around with lates on your back [​IMG]
     
  13. Chris Lockwood

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    A retirement home has its own network? What was it for?
     
  14. Kevin Alexander

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    Wow! Can I have some of your money? [​IMG] Seriously, congrats man!
     
  15. Julian Reville

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    Intra-Community Porn? Gack!
     
  16. Ron-P

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    Thanks Kevin.
     
  17. BobV

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    I quit my job as a moulderman at lumber mill about 7 1/2 years ago (March '97). It was all about respect. I was making around $60,000/yr but the owners of the company treated their employees like dogs... not me, I wouldn't allow it and because I was needed it wasn't as bad on me but even still I did get a dislocated finger from a idiotic action of one of the owners (caused by a lack of respect for anyone but themselves).

    They had laid everyone off for about a month or so while they went through a 'reorganization' and then when they started back up again they would not guarantee our section (secondary manufacturing) fulltime work. I went and had a heart-to-heartstone with the boss. I said I would stick around but only if he guaranteed me at least one week a month, that's all I needed to pay the bills. "No" was his reply, so "Have fun, see ya!" was mine. I had no job to go to, no prospects, I lived in a town of 3500 and the mill was a 45min drive away. What I did have though, for some reason, was the cahones to tell them to shove it.

    I decided I was going to start my own business. I got a contact in 'the big city' with a consumer electronics distributor and started buying an selling electronics from my home. No bank helped me, pfftt... no bank would look at me, so I bought everything on credit card and payed it off as soon as I sold it keeping the profit. I had also always had a natural talent with computers, and delivering the TVs and stuff to people's homes I would often be asked to service their computers as well. Making a deal with a computer distributor was not going to happen, I did not have the financial credentials to do that. So, I made a deal with a 'mom-and-pop' store in the big city and started purchasing computer systems from them and shipping them up to my little town and reselling them at a small profit... it caught on, heck, it all caught on.

    Today I own my own retail electronics store with home theatre equipment, computers, satellite, and cellphones, around me all day. I have employees myself and the business pays all the bills plus more... no thanks to any bank (that's another story [​IMG] ) .

    It's very scary starting out, believe me, but it's so freeing... I tell my friends it feels like I haven't worked for over 7 years... you can't beat it.

    Good luck!
     
  18. Danny Tse

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    You guys are so inspiring!

    I am so ready to quit my government job....I can't believe I am sticking around. I've already seen 5 of my coworkers bail and I am soooo ready myself. I don't even know how I end up with this lousy job....I hate numbers, avoided accounting in college, and I ended up processing phone company claims of over $30 million each month.
     
  19. Seth_L

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    I gave my two weeks notice today! [​IMG]
     
  20. Jason_Els

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    I picture Ricardo Montalban in his white suit:

    Welcome! To Fantasy Island!

    I couldn't imagine that happening where I am. Last week my Mom offered to pay for school so I can go back to college. I'm taking her up on it and quitting my current job when I do. I hate doing tech support over the phone, I hate getting reprimanded for averaging one minute and forty-four seconds over the 10 minute per call average. Our division was taken over by another earlier this year and now our division is run by edict from people who don't want to have anything to do with us.

    Last month my manager went to the other division for a meeting and while she was there she was chatting with the reps at that location who do what I do, one of them said to her, "I can't believe you're talking to us! You're a manager!" Apparently there the staff aren't permitted to speak directly to managers, they have to go through supervisors. [​IMG] The previous management was NOTHING like this. What was a job with prospects became a dead-end job. It's night and day and at this point I don't care if I get fired or not. I hate it that much.
     

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