Several years ago I suggested that you should never quit your job before you have another one. A few months later I reminded everyone that very few jobs are worse than unemployment. Needless to say, I've done my part to encourage everyone to hold on even to a bad job until a new one is secured.
Now the Consumerist gives another reason not to quit until you have other employment -- it will be harder to find a job. Turns out . The details:
A disturbing and disheartening trend for job-seekers is the spate of listings out there that say if you don't have a job, don't bother applying for this one.
While having long periods of no work on your resume have always been tacitly understood as being a prospective employer turn-off, now the job listings are being explicit. "Must be currently employed" or "Must be currently employed or recently employed" is a common phrase on online job listings, reports the New York Times.
Believe me, I know what it's like to have a terrible job that sucks the life out of you. I've been there before -- a couple times. But no matter how bad a job is, not working at all is much worse, especially as it drags on month after month after month. Stick with the terrible job until you find a great place to land, THEN make the jump.