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September 21, 2005


Great post. I have always left my jobs on the top of the wave - after a major milestone has be achieved or something amazing has been done. My feeling is that you are sure to have a graceful exit and are feeling high about what you have accomplished and contributed!

I had the same dilemma a year ago, so I gave my two weeks and never looked back. It wasn't easy, as I had nothing to fall back on, but the piece of mind I got from leaving was well worth it. I grew tired of career stagnation and my job leads went stale, but I quit anyway.

Eight months later I landed a job that offered a lot of promise... they were looking for a mid-level candidate to fill the position, and I didn't have to lower my salary expecations to get it. I'm content for now, but anything can happen. In the meantime, I'm working as hard as I can without the secondary attachments.

I think many people realize that what will flip their trigger is self-employment or taking their career in a whole new direction. Most people wait too long to begin creating new options.

I am single person
I started a good job with a good company 5 months ago located in the Upper Valley of New England. I enjoy my job but at the same I worry about my personal life and I am not 30 years old anymore.

How lond do i have to remain in this job to move on to another job in a city?
And, what kind of excuse should I give in an interview, like "Why are you quitting your job located in the upper Valley?

Thanks for your cooperation and adivise.

Tell them the reason you are looking for a new opportunity is to live closer to the city. It is best to stay at a job at least 2 years, but keep an eye out for the perfect job and there is nothing saying you can't apply before then. Good luck!

I just started a new job about 3 months ago. But now, I wanted to quit and begin searching for an other new job. There

are main two reasons:
1/ My leader is a Senior programmer but his knowledge in technologies and design is not as good as I am.
I think he should be at mid-level. This will not allow me freely to apply the skills and techniques that I have learned in

past 5 years to do the job, and get the job well done in the right ways.

If I use the advance techniques, he would not understand my works. If he doesn't understand my works, he won't let

me do it. Tha'ts is why I am feeling that there's not much room for me to grow, develop my skills, and learn new things

in this company.

My manager is a good manager. He's good in staff management but not in technologies, design, and programming.

That's why he totally rely upon senior programmer.

2/ I got a off-track written warning letter in my first month.
I used advance techniques in my coding. Senior programmer is not at the level that can understand my code. He

email to manager and said I broke the architecture and the framework. And manager gave me a written warning. I did

tried to explain that this is nothing to do with architecture. This is programming technique. But it doesn't matter what I

said because he believes more in senior programmer than me. So I feel that I better get out the here before they fire


My question is if I get a new job next week or month. What and how to talk to my boss that will not make him mad

because I just been here for about 3 months?

Thank you very much for your advise.


This is an excellent topic. I am presently in that situation. I was recently hired as a temp for a city and they have asked me to apply. But, I have been doing this work all of my life. In addition, I took the job because I needed some extra capital. I am starting an online travel business.

I need help. I graduated college in May, and I am now a proofreader for a disability management company. I've only been at the company for 5 months, so I suppose if I left it would appear that it's not for the right reason. Can anyone give me some advice?

-There are 10 people in my company. Furthermore, I understand that in order to succeed you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. However, don't aspire to be in any of their positions. I do not feel there are any advancement opportunities.

-Like everyone else, my boss is a total d-bag. He is extremely demeaning, and I feel like he doesn't practice what he preaches: positive psychology.

-I love learning, and I would like to go back to school to get an MLIS and be a librarian. My job does not offer tuition reimbursement.

Am I being completely unrealistic? Please give me some honest feedback.

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