Quitting your job
Find out what to say when quitting your job. Learn how to stay friendly with your manager and coworkers.
There are many reasons for quitting your job. You may want to spend more time with your family. Maybe you are planning to move to a different place. You may not be happy with your workplace.
When you decide quitting your job is the right choice for you, you may feel nervous. In your home country, people may stay in jobs for a long time. However, Americans change jobs more often.
Here are six things to consider when quitting your job.
1. Tell your manager in person
It is always best to tell your manager in person.
- Tell your manager as soon as you make your decision and find a good time to meet.
- It is more respectful to do it in person or on the phone rather than an email. 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.
- DO NOT tell your coworkers before your manager.
- 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.
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 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.
4. Try your best until the end
It is important to leave a good impression.
- Keep working hard until you leave.
- Continue to come in on time and do not leave early.
- You may need to train someone who will take over your job before you leave. Do your best to share everything you learned with them. It will make the transition 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.
6. Stay in touch
After you have left your old job, you can stay in touch. 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. If you left your company because you were not treated well, of course 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. 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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