Quitting your job

You may need to leave your job for many different reasons. It is normal to be nervous but it can be a positive experience. Learn what to say and how to leave a good impression.

A man talking to his managers - quitting your job

Quitting a job can be hard. It is important that you tell your boss in the right way. You also might want to write them a letter. You should continue to try your best until you leave the company. Plan how to act with your coworkers so they will help you in the future.

Here are six things to think about when quitting your job.

1. Tell your manager when you are together

  • If you are leaving because you found a new job, you need to be 100 percent sure that you can start the new job! Make sure you have signed an offer letter before you quit. Sometimes, companies can change their mind about their offer. But if you have signed a contract and have a start date, you can talk to your boss.
  • Ask your boss to meet you in a private place where other people can’t hear you
  • Sometimes managers are too busy and cannot meet. If that is the case, an email or phone call are OK.
  • Tell your boss you enjoyed your time at the company. Explain why you are leaving but do not give personal details. For example, maybe you are leaving for another job that pays more. Do not mention your new salary. You do not have to share any information that makes you uncomfortable
  • Do not tell your coworkers before your manager. But do ell your coworkers as soon as your boss knows.

2. Give your manager at least 2 weeks notice

When quitting your job, tell your manager at least 2 weeks ahead of time. They need at least this much time to replace you. Giving advance notice will help your manager think highly of you.

Sometimes, your new employer might need you to start sooner. Apologize to your current boss and explain why you need to leave. You might offer to answer emails from the person replacing you after you start your new job. This might be hard but it will leave a good impression.

Sometimes your manager might ask you to stay longer. You do not have to say yes unless you want to.

3. Write a resignation letter

A resignation letter explains that you are leaving. Most employers want to receive one when you quit your job. It is best if this is printed from a computer and signed. If you don’t have a printer, you can also just write it on a piece of paper. Here is a sample resignation letter you can use. 

4. Try your best until the end

It is important to leave a good impression. Continue to come in on time and do not leave early.Keep working hard until you leave. If you run out of things to do, ask your coworkers if you can help them. You may need to train someone who will take over your job. Do your best to share everything you learned with them. It will make the change easier for your company.

5. Thank your coworkers

Make sure to say goodbye to all of the people you worked with closely. Thank them for being good coworkers. If you are searching for a job in the future, you can ask them to be your references. References are people who will speak kindly of you to a potential employer.  If you have a LinkedIn account, you can ask them to write you a recommendation.

 | Ask a coworker to be a job reference

 | Ask for a recommendation through LinkedIn

6. Continue to talk to your old coworkers

After you have left your old job, you can still message, call, or visit your coworkers. If you are nearby, you can stop by to say hello. If you are far away, you can send an email to your boss or your favorite coworkers. Give them news about your life or new job. Staying in contact shows you appreciated your time at the company. Maybe you left your company because you were not treated well. In that case, you do not need to do this.

Things not to do when quitting your job

  • Do not brag about what you are doing next
    You may be excited to spend more time with your family. Maybe you are happy because you are moving somewhere else. Still, do not brag to your coworkers. They might not be happy with their situation and this will hurt their feelings.
  • Do not be negative at your current job
    It is possible that you were not happy with your job or coworkers. Do not say unkind about them to people at your old job or new job. They might find out. If you are unhappy, speak with your friends or family.
  • Do not leave your workspace messy
    Make sure to take your personal things home. Return everything that was borrowed from your work. If you had a workspace, clean it. Someone else might be taking it over.

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