Thinking about quitting
your job? A humorous new app aims to relieve the stress and anxiety of
confronting the boss with the news by sending a text message instead.
Although the new iPhone app
is meant to be funny, its creators are hoping it will take off and people will
use it to leave jobs.
The Quit Your Job app takes
users through a series of steps to determine why they are leaving and then
crafts a text message that is sent directly to their boss.
"Despite all the
advances in technology we still quit our jobs the same way we did hundreds of
year ago," said Alex Douzet, chief executive officer of TheLadders, a New
York-based employment company that produces the app.
Easing the pain
"There's a lot of
anxiety around the resignation process, so we used technology to ease the pain
in that moment and make it seamless to break up with your boss," he added.
Quit Your Job was inspired
by another app called BreakupText. Its designers teamed up with the TheLadders
to create the new app.
BreakupText, which lets
users leave their significant others via a text message, costs 99 cents and is
available for the iPhone.
With Quit Your Job, after
sending their resignation users can browse open positions on another app
called Job Search by TheLadders, which targets positions based on the user's
job profile and career goals. The free app was launched as an iPhone app in
July and released on Android last week.
Will people use it seriously?
"This is unchartered
territory," he said of the Quit Your Job app. "It's an experiment to
see if people will actually use it seriously. If thousands of people download
the app and only one ends up using it seriously, that's interesting because
it's changing behaviours," he said.
Douzet added that before
leaving a job people should have another one lined up.
"It's more appealing
to know you're in demand. You'll have more power and leverage since you already
have a pay check coming in," he explained.