Step by Step Guide on Quitting Your Job Properly

It’s fair to say that quitting a job isn’t exactly an enjoyable experience unless of course you really hate your job. While it may be a tough conversation to have, it is definitely something that workers should feel comfortable doing without the complication of resentment from your employer or co-workers. After all, the essence is to work your way up the ladder and gain new skills.

Whether the tedious nature of your current job is no longer providing you with the satisfaction you once had when you started, or a toxic working environment is presenting challenging working relations, reasons for wanting to leave your job are multitude and quite complex. Sometimes it’s just the case of being offered a better opportunity.

If you are thinking of leaving your workplace, there are certain tips that you can follow to make the process bearable, and maintain professionalism between you and your employer. It can be difficult to strategically plan how everything will unfold, but if you do your part as an employee, the outcome will be constructive.

  1. Do you really want to quit, or is it just a bad day?

I’m sure some days you’ve felt that dire need to just throw your hands in the air, storm out of work, and shout “I QUIT!”. We’ve all been there. But how do you know whether it’s just a rough patch? Maybe it’s a busy time of the year or your boss hasn’t had their morning coffee. It’s important to weigh up your options before making a haste decision. There are however some clear warning signs that you might want to resign, such as a difficult working environment, a career change or potentially getting back into study, as well as personal commitments like unmanageable hours or relocating. Hopefully, it’s simply due to landing a new job, in which case the resignation process should still be done as smoothly as possible.

  1. Write a formal resignation letter

The most important feature of writing a resignation letter is to be professional and keep it short and sweet. Factors like the desired time of resignation, acknowledgment of your time in the workplace, and potentially a brief reasoning for your resignation is crucial. There are also a few follow up steps you can take once the initial letter is written. Prepare for an exit interview if needed, or to give feedback about your time at the workplace. Maintaining your work ethic is key. You still want to leave a lasting impression, which also includes setting up a handover to any employee taking over your role if this is required.

  1. Give your boss a heads up

Easily the most fundamental and courteous thing you can do when resigning is giving your employer a decent amount of notice before you’re thinking of leaving your current workplace. There is nothing more unprofessional than offloading this news to your boss days before you wish to quit, straining your professional relationship with them. Be sure to check any legal requirements too, such as the required length of your notice period, or other clauses in your contract relating to future job obligations. There are circumstances where a new workplace requires you to begin immediately, yet depending on the type of work it is and the relationship you have with your boss, abiding by the notice on your contract shows commitment to your current job.

  1. Ask for a reference

This is something that generally happens throughout the process, but it is vital to show credibility to future employers by including your current boss as a reference. Depending on the type of work you do, asking for a written reference is normally best as you can easily include this in your resume, and you won’t have to bother your former boss with phone calls.

  1. Prepare to say your farewells

Once you have successfully gone through the formal process of resigning, there are also some beneficial tips to follow to ensure that you are prepared for the different ways colleagues will handle your departure. Always make sure your boss is the first one to know about your decision, as you don’t want the word to get out before you’ve had a chance to speak with them. To evade the risk of estranging your former colleagues, taking a professional and humble approach in how you discuss your resignation with co-workers is important as to protect your reputation. Keep it positive and don’t treat this time as a chance to diss everyone you didn’t like. You never know when you might need to come back to that job or move into a similar job within your industry. Don’t forget to return company property too!

Almost everyone at some point in their professional lives will have to make the decision to leave their job. Taking these steps into consideration when contemplating how to go about resigning from your job can make the process way less daunting, allowing you to avoid all those uncomfortable conversations. There is already so much pressure in finding a job and getting settled into a completely new working environment, so by planning ahead of time you can make a rational and secure decision.

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