How to Quit Your Job…The Right Way


At some point or another, we all will quit our jobs. Though you might want to throw your hands up and storm out of your workplace in a dramatic fashion, that’s not the best idea for the good of your career. Instead, there is certainly a right way…and a wrong one…of resigning. Quitting a job, of course, is acceptable, but you have to make sure you are going about it the correct way. Here are some tips for quitting your job…the right way.

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Think About Why You are Resigning

Before you make a move, carefully think about why you are resigning. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of staying in your current job versus resigning. Think about your long-term goals, compensation, benefits, work environment, and even work-life balance. If, after thinking about it, you still want to quit, put in your resignation letter.

Have a Good Plan

Once you make the decision to quit, you have to have a plan. You should have your next step decided, and if you can, have a little buffer between your old job and your new job. This gives you a little time to reboot and refresh yourself before jumping into something new.

Talk to Your Employer

When you have made a plan, you should let your boss know. Most people understand that you should give at least a two weeks’ notice, but if you can tell them before that, it’s even better. This way, you show them that you respect them enough to give them time to replace you, and it could be a good move for the future. Afterall, you could run into these people again during your career, and you never want to burn bridges.

Help Prepare for Your Replacement

Another nice thing to do is to offer to help your employer prepare for your replacement. You can leave instructions on how to do things with your job or offer tips that can help to quickly get someone new up to speed. If you know that they have hired someone, you can also volunteer to start training them before your last day.

Work as Normal

You should also do your best to keep working as you normally would, even up until your last day. Yes, it can be tempting to put your feet up and relax but remember: your reputation could be affected by this. Keep doing good work, and people will remember that if you run into them, again. Do your best to complete projects and leave a good impression on your co-workers and bosses. Thanks to the internet, our networks are much larger than ever before, and it’s very likely, as mentioned above, that these people could affect your future career.

Review Benefits and Any Final Compensation

Finally, make sure that you review your company’s handbook before you leave. It should have a lot of information about how benefits work, for instance, after you leave. You also might have other perks to collect, such as vacation pay. A lot of people forget to do this, and your soon-to-be former employer might not be as forthcoming with this information as they should be. You definitely want to take advantage of any benefits or final compensation that you have access to. If you are unsure of what you might be missing, ask the HR office. It is likely that a member of the HR team will give you an exit interview, and that would be an excellent time to ask. If you don’t ask, you probably can’t go back and ask later, so take advantage of it, now.

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How to Quit Your Job…The Right Way

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