How to Quit A Job

by McKenzie Chapman   Ulticareer  | Advice  | Life lesson  | Career decision  | Management  | Work tips  | 

You've decided it's time to quit your job. You have a bigger and better new job lined up at another company, and you’re ready to hand in your resignation letter.

But how do you navigate the tricky, and often intimidating, waters of quitting?

Being prepared is the best way to calm your nerves about how to tell your boss you’re leaving. Stay positive and professional throughout the transition and you’ll be ready to start your new job with no regrets! 

Follow these tips on how to leave your job with a positive impression:

 Schedule a meeting in person

If you’re on good terms with your boss and you’d like to use them as a reference, then schedule a meeting in person. It’ll give you the opportunity to express your appreciation for their guidance, as well as provide the both of you with closure.  

And write a letter too

You should also write a standard resignation letter to give to your boss at the meeting. The letter will make your resignation part of record and officially start to move things along. Plus, it’s simply professional and leaves your boss with a positive impression of you.

Stay positive

When you’re telling your boss you’re leaving, don’t air your grievances about the job. Instead focus on what you learned and express your gratitude for the opportunities you received. Burning bridges should be avoided, so leave positive memories with your boss. You don’t have to explain your reasons for leaving, but if you do, focus them on the opportunity ahead rather than any issues you had at your current position.

Give enough advance notice

Unless you’re in an unsafe working environment, give the proper amount of notice. This is typically two weeks, but if you’re in charge of projects that wouldn’t function without you, it might be appropriate to give more notice. If this is the case ask your future employer upfront about when they need you to start and explain that you need to wrap things up before you leave. 

Tie up loose ends

Try to finish the projects you’re responsible for. Email any clients that depend on you to let them know you’re leaving, and direct them to who will be contacting them in the future. Clear out your computer, take home your personal items, and return company property.  

Offer to help the transition

If possible, offer to help train your replacement. This will leave you in good standing. If it means you have to start your new job a little later, don’t worry, since it can signal to your future employer that you’re a responsible worker and when it comes time for you transition out of your new job that you would likely be very helpful. Of course, clear it with your future employer first, and prioritize their needs. 

Don’t forget to ask for a reference

Although you may not need a reference at the time of your resignation, it’s best to ask for a letter of reference now. Who knows when the next time you need a letter will be. It’s best to have the reference when you’re fresh in the mind of your boss, rather than reaching back out years later.

 If it’s a nasty situation, you don’t owe an explanation

We’re not all lucky enough to leave a job we were happy and fulfilled at for something even better. Sometimes people leave their job because the situation was toxic. If this is the case, remember you don’t owe your employer an explanation for leaving. Stay professional, but do what feels safe and appropriate to your situation.

It can be awkward to hand in your resignation, but it doesn’t have to be! These tips will help you have a smooth transition to your new job.

Be confident, express your gratitude, stay positive, and your resignation will send you off to your new job with a lift in your step.  

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