How to Quit Your Job

May 22, 2014
By Stephanie

How to Quit Your Job

Maybe your boss has it out for you. Maybe your schedule no longer works for you or your family. Maybe you’ve gotten yourself a better paying gig! Whatever the reasons, there’s a right way and a wrong way to quit a job.

Quitting Poorly

If you quit a job badly, you may burn bridges you hadn’t even realize existed. You never know when an employer or coworker, no matter how horrible, may turn up in your life again.

Be Calm & Think Things Through

Storming up to your boss in a fit of anger to declare, “I quit!,” is rarely the right choice. It might provide you with some momentary satisfaction, but the better choice is to wait till you’re in a neutral state of mind.

Think through all of the ramifications. Can you afford to quit? Do you have another job ready? Have you received your final pay? Can differences, perhaps, be worked out? - In any case do not quit your job before having a new one; start your job search and application process first.

“Resign” or “Give Notice,” and Do So In Person

If you’ve decided quitting is the right thing to do, take the time to plan your departure. It’s usually better to resign in person, rather than over the phone, by email, or by text.

3 Things to Touch on When Resigning in a Professional Manner

  1. Say Thank You: Thank your boss for the opportunity to work for them and the company. Be grateful for the income you got and the experience you had. Think of it as a needed step in your journey
  2. Explain Why You’re Leaving: You don’t need to get specific. Just say it’s time to move on, or you’ve been offered another position. Remember to keep the doors open for the future.
  3. Help Ease the Transition: Giving “notice” is common in many jobs. Giving notice means you quit, but continue to work for another week or two till your boss can replace you. In this way, you don’t leave them in a bind, and you’re able to keep the relationship healthy. For restaurant and other hospitality workers, two weeks is the norm. If you’re unsure of what to offer, ask your manager how you can help ease the transition, and they may suggest a time period. If you’re unable or unwilling to give notice, apologize for the urgency, shake your manager’s hand, and leave calmly and with dignity.