For someone who plans to leave a current job, the most practical thing to do is to secure a new job first before leaving the company. This way, you secure your future and avoid the stress that the state of being jobless presents.
However, there are instances that the only way to do is to leave immediately without any idea where you would work next. Different factors may affect the sudden decision. Some reason may involve the current situation of the company; probably the company’s goal is not making any sense with your own career goal. Other reasons may involve your personal life. Maybe your current situation needs you to leave your current work immediately.
Whatever the reason may be of the sudden decision of leaving and not securing a new job, you need not worry that you may not land a job soon. The first thing you need to do is to make contact with your friends. Inform them of your current situation, tell them that you are leaving your current work and have not secured a new job yet. You will be surprised that some of your friends might give you referrals. There are lots of job openings that some companies tend to make it an internal thing rather than post it publicly. Before your last day of work, contact as many friends as possible. If you have lots of time, and your friends as well, you can meet up with them personally so that they could see the sincerity.
The next thing to do is to look for part time jobs. While you are still figuring out your next permanent job, you can always try out part time jobs that you would enjoy. For instance you are into mountain climbing. You can always join and work as part time in a gym or a school that teaches mountain climbing or organizes one. You will be surprised how rewarding it is to do something you really enjoy. Think of it as a vacation while looking for a permanent job.
Always keep your resume updated. You may never know when the opportunity comes in your door. Make sure that you are prepared any time. Also, keep in mind that not all job applications may turn out good. You are not the only person looking for jobs, there are those who have better qualifications than you. But still, keep a positive view of things. The right job will be given to you soon.
While looking for a job, you need to make some changes in your lifestyle. If you happen to be eating out most of the time, well this time you need to learn to cook your food. You will be surprised how much you will actually save.
Keep the positive attitude. Do not be worried that you are leaving your current job without a job replacement. If you decide to do so, make sure you are prepared of what you are about to face. Planning is the key.