How To Quit A Job
If you're unhappy with your current employment, you may need to know how to quit a job. Quitting a bad job may give you a sense of relief, independence and accomplishment. It's very important, however, to remain mature and professional when you quit your job.
You will need:
- Time to plan
- New Job
- Resignation Letter
- Plan ahead. Quitting a job is a big decision, so you want to be fully prepared before going into it. Make sure you have another job lined up before you quit and a backup plan in case that job isn't as good as it seemed.
- Give two weeks' notice. Leaving on short notice puts your old employer in a tough position--possibly without someone to do your job--and can make new prospective employers see you as unreliable.
- Write a resignation letter. It's better to lay out your reasons for quitting a job rather than leaving your employers guessing. Print out your letter on company letterhead with professional, formal formatting and language.
- Don't burn bridges. Having a good relationship with your old employers can be an advantage after you quit a job, both for future job recommendations and for contacts in the business. When you give your reasons for quitting, take an "it's not you, it's me" stance: focus on how you'd like to look at different careers and positions, rather than criticizing your employer.
- Work until the end. Don't be tempted to slack off on the last few days before you quit a job. Helping to finish projects or train a replacement will show your commitment and help make a good impression for future jobs.