It's time to leave software development

Is it really that bad to quit my job as a software developer before I have an offer? [Duplicate]

Justin Cave

When you leave a job with no other job pending, the problem is that future interviewers assume / suspect / conclude that if you haven't been fired, you were at least one poorly performing employee who was encouraged to leave. Different interviewers will of course make stronger or weaker assumptions. In the United States (your profile doesn't say where you work) this is generally made worse by the fact that former employers often refuse to provide references (positive or negative) other than the dates you were employed on and yours Information to provide title. So unless your interviewer happens to have a personal relationship with someone at your previous employer who knows about your performance, it will be difficult for them to know whether or not you were really on the way to being fired.

Of course, it is entirely possible for you to disprove this assumption during the interview process. There is a good chance that you will be asked why you quit your first job and that you need to be able to come up with a convincing explanation.

When you step back, it seems strange that you have to do a considerable amount of study for interviews, certainly not so much that it becomes a burden. I understand that you may want to brush up on some algorithms that you haven't used since graduating, or refresh your memory on a framework that you haven't used in a few months. But you probably need to do this once while looking for a job, not before each interview. It is useful to do some research on each company before an interview, but there is little reason to be stressful. Generally, if you are not being interviewed for an executive position, understanding the general industry of the company and the challenges and opportunities they face is more than enough to be able to ask good questions during the interview. In general, this shouldn't require more than a little leisurely reading the night before.

This is what vacation time is intended for. Is it likely that if you take off for a while one day a week, people conclude that you are probably interviewing somewhere else? For sure. But if you're ready to quit, it's probably not a terrible thing to do. If you are somewhat selective about the positions for which you conduct full-time interviews (i.e., you only do them for positions that you reasonably believe you would accept if offered and that you reasonably do believe you are qualified) and you will receive interviews once a week. It probably won't be long before you get a quote. It's not like companies invite dozens of people for full-time interviews.

Steve Jessop

If you're willing to lie, explaining odd individual days off isn't too difficult, especially if you can manage Monday or Friday. "Have to use it or lose it" is an option in most companies if you don't want to lie, as it usually has a time horizon, albeit maybe a year :-)

Mike Honey

Most interviewers try to avoid their personal risk by choosing poor candidates. You need to convince yourself that you are good at the job and stick with it if they choose you over other candidates. Leaving your current job would negatively affect both of these considerations.