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9 tips on how to quit a job

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Would you like to quit your job? Well get in line. Because you aren’t the first, and you certainly won’t be the last person to decide ‘enough is enough here’. Leaving your job is a big step into the unknown. You never fully know what’s going to happen, where the path you choose will take you – and often the best way to leave your job. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to quit without burning bridges and getting your name muddier than a dog rolling around in a ditch.

1. Make sure you have a legitimate reason to quit your post

It’s never a good idea to quit your job without having a plan for what you’ll do next. And it’s an even worse idea to quit for no good reason. If you plan on quitting your job, it is always best to think about why you want to quit, instead of just leaving without giving any reason or notice. By doing this before you quit, you give yourself the best chance possible of leaving on good terms with your boss, co-workers and even the company as a wholeBad reasons to quit your job would be not getting along with your co-workers or liking the location. Good reasons? You’ll know them… including starting your own business or getting a better position

2. Don’t resign on impulse

Resigning on impulse reflects badly on you because it suggests you are a flaky person who doesn’t think about the consequences to their actions. It can also reflect badly on you when applying for another job because your prospective employer might contact your former boss — and they will be honest. Brutally honest.

By acting on impulse you damage your reputation as a professional person. This could prolong your stint in the unemployment line and also damage your chances of getting a good reference letter — if you get one at all.

3. Don’t storm out on the job

You also don’t want to storm out of your job. This suggests that you have little control over your emotions and that you can’t resolves issues in a civilized and calm manner. Additionally, storming out of the job after getting mad also makes it hard to go back in with any dignity, apologize for behaving that way and can make it hard for you to mend bridges, or get a good reference.

4. Review resignation pros and cons/ Weigh the options

Before you quit your job, you may want to stop and ask yourself a few questions, including the following:

  • What are the benefits of leaving your job?
  • What are the negatives of leaving your job?
  • What options do you have if you leave?
  • What options do you have if you stay?

By weighing up the pros and cons of quitting, you increase your chances of leaving your current job on good terms, getting a reference letter and finding a new job after you leave.

Additionally, making a pro/con list about leaving your job will allow you to get all of your thoughts and feelings about leaving or staying at your job and also allow you to make your decision from there. This way also makes the decision easier because you can build your list over time, a month for example, and also gives you the time to discover all your options if you do leave your job.

5. Draft a resignation letter

Writing a resignation letter is always a good way to get all of your thoughts down about why you are leaving your job. But, like a lot of things, it can be tricky to get it started. Especially when you don’t know where to begin.

You can find resignation templates online that will not only help you write your letter, but also help you write it in a calm, level-headed way that is not mean-spirited.

Doing this also doesn’t leave you sounding ungrateful for your time working for your boss or the company because it allows you to say what you want to say and explain everything so that it doesn’t get lost in translation.

Additionally, resignation letter templates are also a great way to help you avoid getting into heated situations where you, your boss and even your co-workers end up in conflict.

6. Be strategic about your timing

Like a lot of things in your life, you should always plan your next move well, including your exits. Mainly because you don’t want to take a step, like leaving your job, without having a solid plan for what you will do next. This can be done by thinking about what you have achieved so far and what you want to achieve in the future.

So, in order to be smart with your time, don’t quit your job when you start thinking about leaving. Only leave after you’ve had enough time to think about whether or not quitting is the best decision for you, especially when you start thinking about it.

7. What to say to your boss

One of the first things you should do when quitting is tell your boss. But first you have to figure out what you are going to say, and how and when to say it — which is always best in person and not over email or phone.

Doing it in person, even if you write down a few talking points, also allows you to explain how you feel, what you want to achieve in your career in greater detail and gives you the opportunity to have an open and honest conversation about your time working for boss and the company as a whole, no matter how tough and uncomfortable the conversation gets.

8. Give adequate notice

Give adequate notice of your exit.

A lot of companies require that you give them notice before you leave — usually two to four weeks, more if you’re a senior employee — so they can find someone to replace you or just figure out who will take on your workload after you leave.

So, if you do decide to quit your job, make sure you give your boss as much notice as possible because either they or the company will want to find a replacement for you and they may even want you to train them and show them the ropes before you go.

9. Express gratitude

Quitting doesn’t have to be a bad experience or one that leaves anyone in a bad light. If and/or when you do quit, one of the best things you can do is express a little gratitude towards your boss, co-workers or even just the experience of having worked there.

This is mainly because, even if it wasn’t your favorite or most fulfilling job, you still would have learnt something about working in the industry or how to interact with people you normally wouldn’t interact or get along with

Additionally, showing a bit of gratitude when you leave your job will also help you in the future when you’re trying to get another job because your former boss will speak a bit more highly of you with your prospective boss.

About Rowena Nagy

Rowena Nagy is a Journalist at The Business Woman Media. A graduate in Journalism, Media and Communications, she is passionate about in writing, travel journalism, video journalism and Public Relations.

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