You may have fantasies about quitting your job, imagining yourself telling your boss off and leaving the organization in shambles without you.
But before you do anything drastic, consider the consequences: you could burn bridges and damage your chances at employment in the future. You never know when you will run into former coworkers again. They could even be your boss somewhere down the road. To avoid an awkward reunion with a former coworker who witnessed your unprofessional exit from a former employer, learn how to quit your job the right way:
Get everything you need off your computer
Before you put in your resignation, save anything you need — your resume, letters of recommendation, etc. — from you work computer. Most organizations will take you up on your offer to stay two weeks, but some will be eager to show you the door immediately after you resign. In case your employer is the latter, this should be the first thing you do.
Write a resignation letter
For the sake of professionalism, you should write a formal letter of resignation when you quit your job. Your resignation letter should tell your boss that you intend to leave the organization and when your last day will be. Don’t use a resignation letter as an opportunity to criticize your soon-to-be former employer — keep it positive and wish them the best.
Give two weeks notice
Unless it isn’t possible, give your employer two weeks notice that you plan on leaving. It’s important not to burn too many bridges when you quit your job. You might want to ask them for a reference in the future, or you could end up working with the same people at a job down the road. If you quit without giving any notice, you’re sure to rub some people the wrong way. To save relationships you might need in the future, give them at least two weeks notice.
Don’t be negative
You may be tempted to vent your frustrations with your job during or after your resignation. But what you say now could come back to haunt you. When you quit, keep it positive. Whether it’s while you’re handing in your resignation, talking to coworkers, at your new job or on social media, it’s best that you only say good things about your employer. Badmouthing your boss or coworkers is petty. Keep it classy and stay positive.
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