No. 1: Consider getting fired
If you plan to quit your job anyway and a company downsizing or reorganization appears imminent, you may fare better by waiting to be fired or laid off. By sticking it out, you may be able to negotiate a severance package that includes a payout and extends company-paid health insurance coverage, as well as qualify to collect state unemployment benefits to tide you over to your next gig. It may also present better on your resume.
"You need to do some homework behind the scenes about the details of severance and separation packages the organization offers," suggests Julie Jansen, executive/career coach and author of "I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This."
"That's pretty easy to find out, and most companies go beyond the lines of whatever their policy is, especially if they're looking to avoid a legal challenge."