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Anyone quit their job without another job lined up? Considering this option and luckily smart with savings so not an issue financially for at least a year. But curious to hear others thoughts? I hate what I’m doing and it’s just not worth waking up everyday filled with dread and stress anymore. Tried applying to jobs but running low on steam and just need a reset to really figure out what I want to do next.

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I’ve done it. It took me about seven weeks to find a new job and it was not a big deal. I was a first year too 😬

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I did this due to a toxic work environment at a prior firm and ended up with a 2 month gap on my resume. I was asked about why I left without another job lined up even with that short about of time, so I would avoid it if you can. That being said, I needed to leave and I’m glad I did. If you’re in that situation, just do it, but take a week or so off and then treat the job search as your new job!

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I said that I left the firm to focus on my search for a new role with more responsibilities, to expand on my advocacy skills and to gain experience in a new practice area. I didn’t address the toxic environment!

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If planning on staying in the legal field then likely best to try and hang in there until you can find a new position. That said, I understand the difficulty being "on" for interviewing when your day to day is miserable. I myself was on the verge of quitting in December, but took a couple days off and came back resolved to get out ASAP. Have applied and been rejected from 4 jobs, and am beginning to think that maybe law isn't for me and I just need to start a new career path (thinking teaching or business operations of higher education). Best of luck to you!

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Can we form a bowl or just find a place to support each other? I am on the same boat.

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There's been at least one identical thread in this bowl from like two months ago. The consensus seemed to be that it should generally be avoided because a gap in your employment history comes across as a red flag / negative signal.

Of course, that doesn't mean you can't if you really need that break to reset.

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I was in your position last month and seriously considered (and almost did it) because I billed 350 hours in January. Talk to someone you trust and get some time off, reduce the workload, and move towards another job.

In my case, it wasn't the substance but the workload that had me frustrated, so I'm updating my materials and will be ready to move but will give the firm another chance. If substantively you hate what you do then I'd still leverage the fact that your firm would value giving you a break over immediately losing you and use the time to find something else.

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OP there is no duty to return. A friend went on maternity and used it to find a job. She gave notice 2 weeks after her return.

Similarly, another friend left 3 weeks after taking a 3 week vacation. Gave notice a week after returning.

The threat of returning after a break could also be a big motivator to get more apps out!

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I did this from a v10 and it was not well received. Exact situation as yours. People struggled to wrap their heads around the fact that I needed a break. I landed on my feet but it took a good 6 months.

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Went back to a law firm.

Any advice for job hunting on the job? I need to learn how to balance job hunting and work. Thanks!

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Yes, I can’t decline work but I feel burned out as well. I am thinking if I can take a leave to get some time to apply for jobs. Anyone has done that?

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