Ask Certain Doom #2: Should I Quit My Job?


Wow. This escalated quickly. We reckoned we’d receive pretty goofy questions if we received any questions at all. This is some heavy stuff, homes.

Well, “MadeUpName” from “Internet, USA,” you didn’t really provide us much background or context with which to answer this question. For most folks, quitting one’s job is a major life decision with the potential to impact your longterm welfare and job prospects, not to mention those of your dependents.

So, we have two answers.

Answer One: No

This is a selfish answer on our part. If you quit your job, you can’t really play with us anymore. Keeping your job is one of the very few rules we have. You’re probably one of three people who even know about our site. We need you. Please keep your job and continue to play with us. Do it for the greater good.

Answer Two: Maybe

On the other hand, maybe you should quit your job. We’ve been there, man. Your situation may very well be bad enough that leaving would benefit your mental, emotional, and physical health. But, we do have some questions we hope you’ll ask yourself:

  1. Why do you want to quit? Is it the work, the people, the leadership, the industry?
  2. Are there other opportunities available within your current company that you could switch to?
  3. Is your desire to quit new or have you been toying with the idea for some time now?
  4. Do you think you could stick it out long enough to look for another job while employed? You may have heard that it’s easier to find a job while you still have one.
  5. If you were to quit, would you have the resources and support system to meet your needs for the next six months? A year?
  6.  If you were to quit, is there a possibility you could join a hip young band of amateur sleuths and tour around the country in a panel van, solving crimes?

Spend some time mulling over these questions. Discuss them with a close friend, pet, or inanimate object of your choosing. Take a long walk at sunset on a lonesome shore as Cat Stevens plays in the Spotify of your mind. Then, write us back with a little more info and maybe we can take it from there.

If, however, you straight up decide to quit, here are a few articles you might find helpful:

Also, this illustration:


We hope you found this somewhat helpful, MadeUpName. We do hope you’ll write back.

As for the other two of you out there reading this, we’d love to hear from you. Send us any work-related questions you may have and we’ll do our best to sort of answer them!

Have a frank and productive weekend, everyone.

Your friend,

Certain Doom