Quitting is permanently and voluntarily leaving a job, not something to do casually.
Understand that your employer may terminate you (or subject you to a very unpleasant conversation) if they know -- or even suspect -- that you are job hunting.
Unless you have another job lined up (written job offer in hand that you have officially accepted), quitting is not usually good career or financial move.
Exceptions exist, of course. If continuing to do your current job involves you in potentially illegal activity or if you feel your life, health, or safety are at risk, then quitting may be your only - and your best - option.
Typically quitting your existing job before landing a new one is not a smart career move.
While searching for a job and scheduling interviews when you are employed can be challenging, quitting usually makes succeeding in your job search much more difficult.
Quitting before you have accepted a new job makes is a mistake for two primary reasons:
So, if you can avoid it, don't quit one job before you find the replacement.
People do lose their jobs when their employers discovers that they are job hunting -- not 100% of the time, to be sure, but often enough to make searching from home and being careful at work a very wise strategy.
These days LinkedIn makes it much easier to conduct a stealth job search, so be sure to have a 100% complete LinkedIn profile.
Even though employers prefer job seekers who are currently employed, most of them view one of their own employees who is job hunting as "disloyal" or a "risk" to the organization. They fear that customer lists or product secrets or something critical will be stolen by the departing employee and given to the new employer, possibly a competitor.
One of your current employer's competitors could be your next employer. But, proceed cautiously when contacting and interviewing with these potential employers. It is possible that they might be interested in you only for information they could get from you about your current employer - a big risk for you.
See Job-Hunt's Guide to a Stealth Job Search for suggestions on how to keep your job search a secret from your current employer.
Time to move on. You will get a new job, and the best way -- by far -- is to network your way to that next job. Only 17% of jobs are filled through job boards, so use them for research (which employers are hiring for the job you want and what do they call it?)
Networking beats resume distribution, even online, much more than half the time. Develop your list of target employers, find members of your network who work there (or worked there in the past), and reach out to them.
The shortest path to a new job is typically by being referred for the job by a current employee. Thirty percent of referred job candidates are hired! Read How to Make an Employee Referral Work for You for details in getting an employee referral.
See Job-Hunt's Guide to Job-Search Networking section for more information about networking.
NEVER quit a job based on a verbal offer. Very risky! Get the new job offer in writing. First! [And be sure the written offer matches the one you agreed to before you sign.]
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn.