Dear Experts, The company I currently work for laid off a group of people in February and are having more lay offs over the next couple weeks. I'm certain my job is safe but part of me wishes it wasn't. I'm really unhappy with my current job and I want out. I'm afraid to quit because I know with the current economy it will be difficult finding work. Do you think I should ask my boss to lay me off? That way I can collect unemployment and wait out this recession before I start looking for a new job. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: Q#200 Unemployment pays less than salary & doesn't last forever. Waiting out recession could take a while. Find new job first. (@askamanager) Q#200 Don't quit! There's no way to be sure you'd find something else. Just look for something else on the side. (@louise_fletcher) Q#200 Look while ur still employed. U do not know how long it will take to find new work. Unemployment might not B enough. (@DebraWheatman) Q#200 No, do not ask ur boss 2 lay u off. Dec what u like about curr job. Tlk 2 boss abt incr wk u like.Point out benefit. (@kgrantcareers) Q#200 Volunteer for layoff? Frivolous/risky w/today's market. Ensure y/c live w/consequences of option you choose. (@teenarose) Q#200 Agree w/others 2 look 1st; if boss asks 4 layoff volunteers w/pkge, cd accept it if prep'd 4 long srch. (@juliaerickson) Q#200 Never ask for a layoff. Instead, if you are unhappy, either find a way to improve your situation or look for a new job. (@gradversity) Q#200 If you hate it, quit. Unemployment would be a crutch in your situation. Get out & find YOUR job. (@beneubanks) Q#200 Completely agree w/@askamanager. Search for a new job -- companies are hiring -- then make your move. (@heatherhuhman) Q#200 Keep your job. Start a job search. Opportunities abound if you look. U R in control finding a job w/a job. (@dawnbugni) Q#200 If ur currently employed while looking u may appear more attractive to hiring mgr/recruiter (is just a reality). (@ValueIntoWords) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
July 13, 2009