I went into a panic. So, mindlessly, I sent out unsolicited cover letters to corporations everywhere which had "Executive Communications" departments. I was not discerning. That's even though I am hypersensitive to my work environment.
You know the rest. I was offered a well-paying job by a ultra conservative corporation half way across the nation. That was a bad fit. And it would be a mistake to leave the New York Metro area. But, I took it.
I did not feel "safe." And in the breakthrough book "Safe People," Henry Cloud and John Townsend hammer the importance of feeling safe. Being in a toxic environment can eat away at our health, job performance, and soul.
Within three months I had landed a comparable job in another corporation in that city. Of course, the corporation I had felt vilified me to whomever they could. But the switch panned out wonderfully for me. I thrived. After two years, I landed another job back east, where I "belonged."
The lesson here is clear: Don't send cover letters to employers where you have a strong hunch you won't feel safe. Listen to your gut. It's not only unfair to yourself to play with the possibility. It's unfair to that employer.