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I Quit my High-Level Executive Job ​

Posted on May 6, 2022 under Career & Work

I Quit my executive job
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“OMG she quit!”

When I quit my executive job, word sure got around fast.

Mind you, this was Xmas of 2011- NOBODY did that then.

I did it a decade prior to it being hip.

I got many phone calls from people admitting they were jealous, or just saying “WOW, I can't believe you!”

While I was launching my coaching practice and kicking ideas around for career programs –

such as a “quit club” for people leaving their jobs –

I connected with a friend who is an employment lawyer.

She strongly counseled me that I couldn’t legally coach someone out of a job because it would be a HUGE liability on my part to do so.

The fact is when you're fired or laid off from a company, you retain your unemployment and rights.

But when you quit, you largely surrender your position for potential future claims.

You now have a much weaker negotiation stance, because you just gave it up.

In the age of the Great Resignation, you have to be clear on the termination of your rights when you leave.

You have to be aware the law is less on your side.

And you have to be sure to cover your a$$.

My personal choice to quit was the best thing I've ever done, and I can't imagine having stayed.

For the millions now choosing to quit, it's likely the right choice for them based on their own unique reasons.

However, you must 100% know what you're doing, because it's VERY different than when you're laid off.

Definitely don't do it with your eyes shut.

Seek counsel from a lawyer while simultaneously considering your career options.

You need to gain clarity about what it is you want (career coach) and protect yourself too (employment lawyer licensed in your state).

There are options for career change.

My way and the way of millions resigning may not be your way, but there's a way available to you.

– Kelley Joyce, MBA, CPC

Kelley is a career development coach who is dedicated to helping people discover their career path and land their dream jobs. Kelley and her partner Josh live in New York City from which she has served hundreds of professionals across the U.S., U.K., and Australia since 2012 to radically change their relationship with work.

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