How to Quit Your Job

Maybe you’re moving.  Maybe you’re ready for bigger and better things.  Maybe you’re just ready to stop emptying trashcans, taking lunch orders, or fetching coffee and start making a career for yourself.  Whatever the case may be, there comes a time when you’re going to have to quit a job. It doesn’t have to be as difficult as it might seem.  Here are some tips on respectfully resigning from a position:

  • Give appropriate notice.  Quitting on a whim isn’t going to benefit you. Two weeks notice is the traditional time frame.
  • Tell the right people at the right time.  Don’t discuss your plans to resign with your coworkers before your boss.  The grapevine is a powerful thing.
  • Be mindful.  You are probably leaving a lot of work behind for other people.  Offer to stick around and help train your replacement.
  • Give good reasons.  Don’t be vague when you talk to your boss.  They will respect you more if you are honest with them about why you want to leave.
  • Don’t burn bridges.  While you might have some complaints you’ve been waiting to get off your chest, it’s best to maintain positive relationships.  You never know when you’ll cross paths again.

If you go about quitting a job maturely and professionally, you’ll find that the majority of the time your coworkers will be supportive.  It’s exciting to start a new chapter in your life and it’s even better when you close the previous one on a positive note.

Share your tips and tricks for leaving a job the right way!

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