How to Quit Your Job

You’ve accepted a new job and now you’ve reached the point of no return; it’s time to resign.  If you’ve never quit a job before, you may not know how to go about it.  Here are some tips that will help you move on in your career without burning any bridges:

Provide Formal Notification.  You need to give your manager written notification of your resignation at least two weeks in advance.  This allows the employer some time to make arrangements to either replace you or to cover your tasks.

Be Professional.  Regardless of your reason for leaving the job, you must always maintain your professionalism.  Even if your manager has been unfair.  Even if the employer treated you badly.  If you behave rudely on the way out, it reflects poorly on you and it could come back to haunt you one day.

Help Where You Can.  Once you provide your notice, you manager suddenly has a lot less power over you.  It is now up to you to decide how much you will help them with the transition.  It is best to take the high road and assist them in any way that you can.  Do a good job of training the person who will be taking over your role.  Clean out your desk, hand over your passwords, and give the manager all the information that they will need.

Arrange to Keep in Touch.  Get your coworkers’ information so that you can contact them later.  This is a good opportunity to build your network.  Also, you never know when you might need a reference.

You never want to leave an employer with a bad impression of you.  If you don’t handle the resignation process well, it can overshadow any contribution that you made to the organization.  However, if you remain respectful and considerate until your last day, your manager will remember you fondly and may even want to hire you at some point in the future.

 (Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by: Stuart Miles/


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