How to Quit Your Job Like a Professional
Quitting your job can be a source of relief for many people. Your reason for quitting can be a plethora of things. Whether it’s because of your compensation or your lack of career growth, it’s important to let your company know that you are leaving in a respectful way to maintain your professionalism among colleagues. In this post, we’ll detail the steps you should take to quit your job in a professional manner.
Step 1: Determining to Quit
The first step in quitting your job might be an obvious one, you need to know that you are quitting. Before deciding whether or not to quit your job, you should ensure that you either have a new job or are prepared for the financial losses that could come from being unemployed.
When looking for a new position, it’s wise to ask for at least two weeks to leave your previous job before you can start. Depending on your level of seniority, it might be wise to ask for even more time.
Can a company fire me for quitting?
Many people are hesitant to let their company know that they are leaving too far in advanced because of the fear of being let go beforehand. If you have an at-will relationship with your work, your company may let you go for any reason and you may leave the company for any reason. This means that a company could fire you before your last day. But that is unlikely for most people. If you are a valuable resource for your company, they will try to keep you there for as long as possible even after letting them know that you will be departing.
Step 2: Determine When to Quit
If you have accepted a new job, you should have a good idea of the starting date at your new company. If not, you should reach out to the hiring manager to see when they would like you to report in. Once you find out the starting date, you should base your last day around that date. Assuming that it is in two weeks, you should let your company know as soon as possible. If your starting date is in a month, you could consider waiting a couple of weeks before letting them know.
Step 3: Letting Your Company Know You are Leaving
You’ve probably heard of all of the stories of epic ways people have quit their jobs. But if you’re looking to continue advancing your career, it’s important to maintain your composure. If you have a particularly stressful job, you might be tempted to shoot off an email to your boss letting them know you are leaving. This is not recommended.
The best way to let your company know that you are leaving is to schedule a meeting with your direct supervisor and explain in person your departure.
What to do if your direct supervisor is not around?
If your direct supervisor is not there on the day you decide to quit you have two options. You could either wait another day until they are back or approach their supervisor.
What to do if your company offers you more money?
If your reason for leaving the company is due to compensation, you’ll need to decide if more money is enough to get you to stay. If so, how much you will need in order to stay? If they decide to up your compensation and you want to keep working for them, thank them and mention that you are excited to continue working at the company and are excited for the challenges ahead. If you do not plan on continuing your work at the company, let them know that you appreciate the offer but you do not plan on staying at the company for other reasons.
What day of the week should I give notice?
Typically, it’s best to let your employer know you are leaving the company on a Friday. This will give them time over the weekend to relax and come in on Monday with a fresh mind.
How to quit your job if you work remotely?
Those who work remotely will have face different challenges when quitting their jobs. Depending on your main form of communication, consider a video call or phone call. If neither of those are appropriate, you can consider sending a resignation email but this is not advised.
Step 4: Praise Colleagues
Once you have let your direct supervisor know that you are leaving, you could either ask them to send a message out to your colleagues or do it yourself. You should mention how much you have enjoyed working with them (even if you haven’t) and that you wish them much success in the future. You should also leave your contact information for them to get in touch after you have left.
Step 5: Your Last Day
If you have a positive relationship with your colleagues, this will not be an easy day. On your last day, you will probably be approached by HR to complete some administrative items and possibly an exit interview. Be sure to maintain your composure throughout the process and always act professionally.
What NOT to do When You Quit Your Job
It’s always a good idea to quit your job as professionally as possible regardless of your circumstances. The last thing you want to happen is to be disqualified as a candidate for a job because of this situation. Here are some things you should avoid doing at all costs:
- Sending an explicit email to colleagues
- Raising your voice or being excessively vocal about your departure
- Any kind of graffiti or property damage
- Using social media to announce your feelings about the company
- Leaving your company without notice (unless extreme circumstances prevail)
When you decide to leave your job, you need to do so professionally. By following the steps above, you can not only depart your job peacefully, but also maintain the opportunity to be rehired by the company at a future date. It’s important to give your company as much notice as possible before you leave giving them time to backfill your position as needed. Always send an email to your colleagues letting them know how much you have enjoyed working with then and leave your contact information should they want to get in touch with you after you leave.
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