Although it seems like the trendy thing to do these days at work, saying “F*ck it, I quit,” to your boss might not be the best call career-wise. When the brief moment of liberation passes, you have to consider, who’s really getting f*cked? Is a moment in the spotlight worth the hassle of explaining your publicized unprofessionalism in future job interviews? Throughout my 30-year tenure as a recruiter, I’ve never witnessed the age-old disconnect between an employer and his employee as blatantly as the night I viewed an Alaskan TV anchor curse on air in the name of quitting her job.
Many American workers still believe the “man” controls their destinies, failing to realize they are “the man.” People claim they want the freedom to create their own futures, but when push comes to shove, they’d much rather blame their boss rather than take a good, long look in the mirror. Building a sustainable career requires a strategic plan, and each role a candidate accepts should act as a stepping-stone to achieving that end goal. Taking a job for the sake of earning a paycheck each week won’t help you build a desirable background that will impresses potential employers.
Hiring managers want to be sure that each decision a candidate makes be based on logic, not emotion. I hear candidates complain about their responsibilities at home, horrible bosses, and unwelcoming work cultures every day. The truth is even a professional’s worst experiences throughout his career are valuable ones – it’s just a matter of perception. So instead of lamenting over that less-than-stellar performance review, ask yourself what you’ve learned from it rather than playing the victim card and blaming others for your pitfalls. It’s tough admitting to your shortcomings, but I promise you’ll be a better person for it – not to mention a more desirable candidate for it as well.
If you’re fed up with your current gig, that’s fine – just take a step back and think about your next move carefully. Rather than acting out because it feels good in the moment, take the time to think about the positives: what you learned about yourself during your tenure and what skills you’ve added to your background. Finally, be the bigger man (or woman) and leave with grace and dignity, as a professional would. If there’s bad blood between you and your x-boss, your reputation will be damaged. It never ceases to amaze me how small the world becomes when an unethical action surfaces. Bottom line: if you take away anything from this blog, at least remember this: don’t allow yourself to be branded as the employee who told his or her boss to “F*ck off.”
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