What Will Happen If You Quit And Don’t Say Why?

Many of us have had to quit a job at some time in our career. It might be that we did not fit into the culture, or didn’t like the role we were in, and quitting a job isn’t always a bad thing.

However, those who decide to just stop coming in and those who walk off the job may have difficulty in the near future and in their current field.

Unless your need to leave is driven by a fear for your safety, it is highly recommended that you put in the standard two-week notice before quitting a job.

Hurt Your Chances for Unemployment

Although there is a chance you may be capable of getting unemployment benefits after quitting, most states have guidelines that say individuals must have a “good cause” for being unemployed to be eligible for benefits. “Good cause” varies significantly from state to state, so walking out of your job could make you ineligible for collecting unemployment benefits.

Miss Out on What You Earned

Most organizations have their employees agree to provide a two-week notice if they wish to leave the company. Failure to satisfy this agreement could cause you to forfeit vacation pay or earned monetary bonuses.

Blacklisted by the Company

Abandoning a job without a solid reason will likely mean being blacklisted from the company from future employment. While this certainly minimizes any chance of going back to the company down the road, there are other implications as well. Because recommendations are an integral element of recruitment, it could even harm your odds of landing a job somewhere else in the industry.

The company is also probably not going to offer favorable responses on your performance if they are ever contacted as a reference for another job. Although some job seekers may leave out such incidents from their resume completely, the result is unexplainable gaps in employment or a resume that is lacking experience.

A Bad Reputation

Abandoning a job without stating a sound reason can be extremely harmful to your professional reputation. This is particularly true in specialty niches or smaller, extremely connected networks, with likely organizations and your peers.

Employers do share records with each other, and therefore leaving a job in an unprofessional manner will be as a red flag to future hiring managers or organizations.

Walking Off the Job Doesn’t ‘Hurt’ the Company

Some people may be tempted to walk off the job just to make a point or somehow hurt the company. However, the reality is the quitter’s former co-workers end up having to pick up their slack. Meanwhile, business goes on as usual.

Think about it. You’ve probably seen a co-worker walk out in a blaze of glory and all it did was annoy you when you had to temporarily take on their responsibilities.

At LTI, we can give someone who is frustrated with their current employment situation a range of employment alternatives. If you’re desperate to get out of your job, please contact us before you do anything you might regret.