Stephanie K
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Winners Quit All the Time. They Just Quit The Right Stuff at the Right Time.

I accepted a position with my last company because it was just what I was looking for at the time. I was going back into the workforce from a medical leave of absence. It was a position that I was more than qualified for however, it was exactly what I needed to transition back into my field. I worked for the company for close to 4 months and I realized due to bad management, no communication, lack of respect for me, my time I realized where I wanted to go and where the company was going no longer aligned. I knew it was time for me to move on. So I quit. I gave my notice but it was effective immediately. At first, I felt relieved. Then self-doubt kicked in. So I gave myself a couple of days to regroup, then I started working on updating my resume. Within the week I received 3 job interviews. The most recent job interview - I applied for before I voluntarily quit my job and I struggled with whether or not I should be honest about my situation through the interview process. Instead, the manager was sympathetic and understanding and seemed to genuinely believed I deserved the chance. And now, I have a second interview lined up with this huge global company that I really hope to be a part of.

The big lesson I learned here was having survived a disastrous job taught me a lot and made me much savvier when I started looking for my next role. I'm not afraid to ask tough, straightforward questions about opportunities I'm considering and I know how to spot red flags and warning signs. I am now quicker to admit when something isn't working and more willing to address issues head-on and ask for what I want or walk away if I don't believe things will improve. ( Which is exactly what I did)

   That isn' to say that I jump ship as soon as I hit a bump in the road, but I'm now able to distinguish between a TOUGH JOB and an UNHEALTHY WORK environment. 

My advice if you ever find yourself in my shoes - In which you feel you need to walk away abruptly, whether to leave a toxic job, accept a new job offer or deal with a personal emergency - I recommend giving 2 weeks notice if possible, BUT if you have to quit right then and there - do your best to keep it professional and make it a point to recognize that this isn't an ideal situation and apologize for the inconvenience.

I have learned that chances are we're going to come across less than ideal circumstances at least once or twice in our careers. Do your best to avoid toxic work environment by doing your research. Then you can be honest with yourself when you find you're in a bad situation and be proactive by figuring out how to get out of it.

I know someday I'll look back at this and be thankful for the experience or at least grateful that I got the heck out of there.

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Matt Bornhorst
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This is awesome, Stephanie K !!! I am so happy that you got out of a stressful and non ideal situation at your last company. Getting 3 interviews within a week is an impressive feat within itself. When are they? Have you been prepping?

I can't wait to hear how things go, and I know that you are going to find a great company that is headed in the same direction as you. Onwards & upwards!!

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Pamela Davis
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Very good commentary. I just quit due to the same reasons plus I did shift work and it was affecting my health terribly. I learned my health comes first and there are opportunities out there with a focus and the support and tools to complete your projects or work.

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Stanley Gay
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Hi Stephanie! It's beautiful thing when you are in charge. And what you described a message that we all can learn. Call your own shot and also great if you leave on good terms with your manager. I made it a skill to get to know my job/duties, my supervisor, my dept manager and overall manager before I leave; especially if it was a good job, with good co-workers and management! Nice!

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JOE FLAXMAN
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I did same thing last job so unhealthy

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Indralal Meena
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I need in job outer place means out of after December last time in my job. So I will try n search in job out of country.

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helen b
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Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for sharing this with the group. So many of us have been there and just reading what some of the thoughts that run through our minds when we are facing certain situations shows us that we are not the only ones. It is important to not subject yourself to that poor treatment and depending on what our financial situation is at the moment some of us have to endure the situation a little longer. It is important to listen to your own inner voice. It is like when you go to the doctors office and you are explaining a particular situation or problem and they make it seem like everything is ok. It is extremely important to know thyself and advocate for thyself. No one is going to advocate for you like you would do your for yourself.

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Brenda Rutherford
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Totally understand that when i would be giver the worst dock to back into because i was a lady driver even the driver's would comment what did i do to her i am like 1st time being here lol but i would get that all the time lol my comment back was it just have me better experience i say life gives you lemons make lemon aid o just a lot of sugar because i like it sweet kist sayin

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VALERIE BEILER
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Thank you feel so lost need more strenghth plz help

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Jennifer Hodge
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Stephanie this is excellent. Thank you for sharing! When you aren't doing something you believe in you will never be happy. So glad you found a great new job.

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Bran Fischer
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What courage! Really impressed

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