How To Quit A Retail Job

Knowing how to quit a retail job is important, especially if you want to use the job as a reference on a future job application. If you've ever quit a retail job, you know that doing it can be hard. Following these simple steps will help you successfully quit your retail job.

  1. Give at least two weeks notice. Giving two weeks notice allows your employer adequate time to find a replacement for your position. Since many retail companies make out work schedules two weeks in advance, two weeks notice would allow you to finish your scheduled hours. It prevents you from leaving your employer and fellow co-workers in a bind and helps you leave the company with a much better impression.
  2. Quit with a plan. If you need another job, do not quit your retail job before you have another job lined up. You do not want to lose income because you have a gap between jobs.
  3. Don't slack off just because you are quitting. Perform like you weren't quitting your retail job. Just because you are quitting does not mean you shouldn't be respectful towards the company. Your boss will most likely be keeping an extra eye on you to see how you are performing. This will let him know what kind of reference to give you in the future, so be on your best behavior.
  4. Don't make a big deal out of quitting. Definitely do not talk about quitting if you haven't put in your notice. After you've put in your notice, it's okay to tell your co-workers, but don't make it a huge ordeal. If you are leaving because you can't stand the job, don't go around bad mouthing the company, your boss or your co-workers. Don't brag about the great job you are getting ready to start or whatever the case may be. Just keep your opinions and future endeavors to yourself in order to leave on a good note.
  5. Don't burn any bridges. It's not a good idea to just up and quit your retail job since you may need your employer as a reference in the future. Do not say or do anything that would jeopardize your relationship with your current employer. It is also a good idea to let your boss know why you want to leave. Regardless of whether or not you despise the job, try to be as nice as possible about why you are quitting. If you are looking to advance your career, let your boss know that. Honesty will go a long way in ensuring your employer is a good reference in the future.


  • If you've only been at your retail job for a couple of weeks, you usually do not have to give two weeks notice. A week or even a couple of days is plenty of notice to give if you just started your retail job and have decided to quit. Sometimes an employer will even let you quit the day you give notice if you've only been with the company for a short amount of time.
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