How to politely quit a job

How to politely quit a job

There are some standards to abide by,

such as giving at least two weeks notice and making sure that you do not leave any confusion behind, such as sloppy paper work.

When you quit a job, it is important that you do not ruin your relationship with the employer you are leaving. You will possibly need to use your current employer as a reference in the future, and it can be very harmful to your professional life and reputation to “burn bridges.”

If you are leaving a job because you have found a more enriching position (or more lucrative) for yourself, then your departure is understandable, and you should be able to resign without upsetting anyone very much. If you are leaving a position because you hate your job, you still have to be tactful and respectful.

Quitting your job is not an opportunity to exact your careful revenge on your soon-to-be former employer and employees. While you may want to make a grand exit, living out your wild fantasy of telling your mean old boss exactly where to go on your way out the door, this is an immature and potentially damaging move for your future professional endeavors. You want the people that you worked with to remember you as a diligent and dedicated worker, not a drama king or queen. Don’t negate all the hard work you have put into the job you are leaving just for the sake of meaningless vengeance.

There are some standards that you should strive to adhere to when it comes to quitting a job. First of all, it is standard that you give your employer a minimum of two weeks notice that you will be leaving. This notice should be written in a professional letter, and you should hand-deliver this letter to your employer. Before you hand over your letter of resignation, you should explain to your employer that you are leaving (don’t just run-up to his office, drop the letter on his desk, and flee the scene!).

If you are able to give more than two weeks, it is up to you whether you want to give them more than the minimum or not. However, if you are not going to tell your boss until you are at the two-week point, make sure that you don’t tell any of your co-workers either. The last thing that you want is for your boss to hear about your departure from someone else.

It is also customary when you prepare to leave a job that you make sure to tie up any loose ends beforehand. For example, if you are leaving a sales job, you should make absolutely certain that your clients will be taken care of by another professional after your departure. Discuss with your boss whether he or she would like you to personally inform your clients that you are leaving or if it would be preferable that the new representative contact your clients to inform them of the change.

Organize any documents or files that you have so that you are not leaving a confusing mess behind for your former co-workers and managers to sort out. If you want to leave a good impression, leave an organized and detailed office behind. Talk to your boss and any co-workers that you have been working on projects with to make sure that you have all of your bases covered.

You will be glad that you took the time and consideration necessary to politely quit your job. You never know who you will cross paths with in the future, and that is why it is so crucial to your career that you carry yourself with professionalism and politeness at all times. Remember: last impressions are every bit as important as first impressions.

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