I need a exit strategy... Leaving a toxic job

Are you at the point where you feel like you’ve tried all that you knew to do to at work?  Or are you suffering from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)?  Do you instantly feel sick of the thought of going to work or when you get to the building?  If you’ve answered yes to any of the above maybe it’s time to have an exit strategy.  No one can define for you what your level of a toxic work environment is or how much you can handle before you’re ready to take your talents else were.

When I was new to Corporate America it took me some time to get use to the office politics and those individuals who I think ate bricks for breakfast!  I can remember having one of those moments like ok, wow I was such in a rush to grow up to deal with this foolishness…Great!  Which is why I’m a strong believer that you MUST do what you love!!  So I can say I personally know what it’s like to want to leave a job before you have another job lined up!  So below I’ve shared some helpful tips on how to create an exit strategy to leave a toxic job.

  1. Your exit strategy should begin before your engine light comes on…

Don’t wait until you’re at the point of running on fumes and cussing everyone out to want to get an exit strategy!  As soon as you feel like your current work environment is probably not going to be long term you should update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Once you’ve updated your resume and profile it’s time to revise your career plan so you can start your job search.  Let me also mention that the key to an exit strategy is that no one should know that you’re planning your exit.  So let’s be a professional at all times as the world is small and you don’t want anything to potentially hinder you from landing your next role.

A lot of times during the excitement of the interview process candidates fail to interview the interviewer. The key is to find out about company culture and if this is somewhere they’d like to be at for 8hrs a day. So with when it comes to interviewing for your new role you’ll know what questions to ask and what research to do to make sure you find the right opportunity for you.  Let me also mention that there’s no perfect work place so keep that mind!

  1. Networking is key!

Now it’s time to start to network!  Who knows you’re in the market for your new role?  The only people you shouldn’t tell you’re looking for a new job is your co-workers! Feel free to tell family and friends as your next opportunity could very well come from a lead they have.  Also depending on the situation you may want to also consider registering with a staffing agency.  A staffing agency can assist you with finding a direct hire position or a temporary position depending on what you’re in the market for.

  1. Are you interview ready?

You’re almost finished with your exit strategy as the last step is to make sure you’re interview ready.  There are many different ways to prepare as you can practice on your own with reviewing interview questions or  you can try Get the Job App or you can also sign-up for a FREE Consult for Interview Prep! So you have several options to make sure you’re interview ready to get the job!


Here’s the Exit Strategy Recap…

  • Start Looking for a job before you’re at your max

  • Update your Career Plan, Resume, and LinkedIn Profile and start your job search

  • Let your network know you’re in the job market minus your co-workers / register with Staffing Agencies

  • Prepare/Practice answering interview questions


Lastly, once you’ve got your new job and you’re ready to give your 2 weeks’ notice remember you should still be a professional.  During these two weeks you will definitely have more joy as you can see the light at the end of the tunnel but stay professional.  You may find yourself laughing out loud at random things because you know soon you’ll no longer have to be there, but remember this is not the time to drop the ball keep it professional. 

To help with your exit strategy I’ve included some additional resources below

Job Seekers

Resume Checklist


Are you a leader and you’re trying to figure out why your employee’s aren’t coming to work?  Check out Blog by Dionna Appling CEO of Business Advocates Pro, Inc on “8 Reasons Why Your Employees Don’t want to come to work".  BA Pro has several resources that can help leaders who are looking to improve their teams and looking for more leadership training.