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How bad is it to leave your current firm job before securing another one? Things have been rough for a while (before Covid even) and job search is taking forever.

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I always found it 10x harder to find a new job when I didn't already have one. YMMV.

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If you do leave without a new job, consider opening your own firm while you search. That way, it at least looks like you had a plan.

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It's a negative signal because it appears like you got let go not you decided to leave. The lateral market is a classic market for lemons so you need to be careful about what signals you're sending. Doesn't mean you can't, but tread carefully.

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It depends on how long you can afford to be out of work. You can’t predict how long it will take to find a new gig, and you don’t want to find yourself in a tough place financially.

Consider doing contract work so there are no gaps on your resume.

I would recommend not leaving your current position before finding a new one. It raises too many red flags and questions on your resume. Also, who knows how long you will be in-between jobs (contract work/“solo practice” is not a prize to be had on your resume). Unless your work situation is putting you in a compromising situation criminally/ethically or creating some sort of danger of physical harm to you, then I would leave after you find a new home.

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