Posted on 20 Aug 2020
I am thinking of resigning as I can no longer tolerate my Boss’s mood swings and power trips which lasts through the week for each episode. I am worried if I should quit without securing a new job. I can’t help but wonder if I should especially with the current COVID-19 situation and ongoing recession. Appreciate some advice. Thank you.
First, a joke. I remember in army, during all the senseless tekan and verbal abuse sessions, the instructors like to say "it builds character".
Now the serious part: i DO think that unless it's sexual harassment or physical abuse or major vulgar swearing that causes you undue anxiety resulting in sleepless nights, or you waking up screaming, causing you physical discomfort (loss of appetite, hair loss etc), you should probably hang in there because it's really a terrible economy now. Literally, many are queuing up to take your job, abuse and all.
Having said that, I'm unsure of your financial/family situation, nor of the marketability of your degree (some private degrees are very marketable). Obviously if your parents are perfectly able to support you for a while, no real financial distress anywhere in your family etc, then i would say, take a break. 2 years is a long enough time and wouldn't look bad on your resume for future opportunities AND losing your job at this period will not leave a bad reputation either (due to covid).
In the meantime, take your time to tidy up your resume, and start applying for jobs.
I'm sorry to hear that. if you are nearing your limits, you may wish to look for very readily available jobs to get by first e.g. gig economy stints and/or you may even patronise the SG United initiatives that are being pushed out vigorously now.
The job market has become more volatile but that is not necessarily a bad thing thanks in part to the recent government measures which resulted in job vacancies and traineeships even more someone who is not a "fresh hire". All in all, there is still hope and light at the end of the tunnel. All you need is a little faith, and a little effort to search for an exit. I wish you all the best and i hope to hear good news from you in the near future :)
Hang in there just a little longer... I totally understand what it is like to work in an toxic envir...
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