How To Quit A Job – Keep Professional And Quit The Right Way

Sometimes it is the right time to move on. Before you quit your job, I urge you to take some of these steps I’ve outlined in today’s article “How To Quit A Job”.

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How To Quit A Job – Have A Solid Plan Laid Out Before You Make Your Move.

Life is so full of uncertainties, especially when you are making a big move like quitting your job. To combat this, you can try to make as solid a plan as possible about what you are going to do after this job ends.

In an ideal world, you would only quit your job once you have found a new one, as it’s harder to get a job as an unemployed candidate.

How To Quit A Job – Give Your Employer At Least Two Weeks Notice

This is pretty much the most respectful and professional thing to do. Think about it this way – you wouldn’t want your employer to fire you without any notice right? Well, treat them the same way.

How To Quit A Job – Give Your Boss Formal Notice

This takes a little bit of courage, but again – it is all about being professional here. Ideally, you will want to give your boss the news in person.

  • Make sure your boss is the first person to find out about your resignation. Don’t tell a co-worker and don’t do anything silly like a post about it on Facebook or update your LinkedIn account early.
  • The conversation should be positive and concise. Cut to the chase during the meeting, don’t beat about the bush.
  • Be polite about your reasons for leaving the job – there is no reason for vitriol at this time as it won’t help you one bit.
  • Be thankful to your boss, and tell him that you really valued your experience at the job. Try to be as sincere as possible.
  • If you have a decent relationship with your boss, ask them if you can use them as a reference for future career positions.

How To Quit A Job – Think Of Answers For Your Employers Questions

Before you go into a discussion with your boss about leaving your position, try to think of the questions they might ask. Sometimes if you are highly valued at work, your boss may entice you to try and stay on. If you are prepared correctly for this conversation, then you are going to look thoughtful and professional.

  • Make sure you have a clear transition plan. Naturally, your boss will want you to wrap up whatever work you are doing neatly, and to hand over responsibilities to someone else in a timely manner.
  • Don’t be surprised if your boss comes at you with a counter offer. How are you going to react if they offer a pay rise of 10% or even higher? If you are prepared for this, then you can be calm and cool in this moment and you might even end up negotiating a pay rise while staying in your job. If you really want to leave, however, have a clear and firm refusal prepared.
  • Consider what you will say if your boss asks you to stay a week or two longer than you planned? If you are needed to wrap up a project, what are you going to do?

How To Quit A Job – Make A Letter Of Resignation

First of all, this totally depends on your company’s culture. If you don’t need to complete a letter of resignation then don’t spend time doing one.

Also, it is something you will want to hand in after you talk to your boss, just to make the resignation more formal and complete.

  • The resignation letter should be addressed to the company and dated. The date you put on the letter ought to be the day that you give it to your boss. This allows you to have evidence that you provided adequate notice – otherwise, it is your word against theirs, and you might find you have to work longer than you expected.
  • Declare very clearly your intention to resign from your position. Be clear and straightforward and this will help you avoid any issues.
  • Also, write the date when you will leave the company. “I am giving my two weeks notice as of the ….”
  • In order to remain cordial and professional, thank the company for the opportunities and experience that you had.
  • Finish your letter by using “Yours sincerely,” followed by your name, and below this your position.

How To Quit A Job – Continue To Work Hard After Your Resignation Is Accepted.

Maybe you know this one already – but it is very common for potential future employees not only to follow up with your references but also your past employers.

Unprofessional behavior in your final few weeks could hurt you in future. So basically, don’t burn any bridges.

Keep your head down, dig in and do whatever needs to be done to leave on a good note.

How To Quit A Job – Take Time To Say Goodbye

  • Do stay in touch with your co-workers and boss if it feels right.
  • You can send out an email to your co-workers giving them your contact details.
  • Maybe you can plan to get together after work.
  • Don’t say negative things about your former employer or co-workers in future. Basically, it reflects badly on you, and it could even find its way back to them. Complaining about your previous job makes you look poor in the eyes of your new employer.


Quitting your job the right way takes a bit of planning, and a bit of tact. Keeping things professional is totally worth it, and gets you much better results than acting out.

If any of you guys are thinking of quitting your job – I wish you luck. It is a big step in anyone’s life – just make sure you have planned ahead and know where you want to be in 1 years time.

If any of you guys have any questions, let me know in the comment section below.

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