There comes a time in every professional’s life when they have to quit their job. In fact, according to PR Daily, it’s something you’ll probably have to do before you’re 25.
I quit my first job out of college after 6 months. I simply walked into my boss’s office and explained that I had found a new position that provided me with steady income. She understood completely and let me know the door was always open if I needed to come back. To this day, we still chat on Facebook and I even send her recommendations for new hires.
I was lucky that I had a great relationship with my boss, because quitting can be an awkward situation. Unless you’re like this guy, who brought a marching band along when he handed in his resignation letter, you probably won’t want to be flamboyant when you quit.
So, how exactly should one quit their job the right way?
When I quit my first job, I didn’t rub it in my boss’s face that the pay was awful, or that the schedule was ridiculous, or that I was at my wit’s end with the corporate BS. First of all, none of the aforementioned was directly because of her. Second, it’s kind of childish to play tit for tat.
Quitting isn’t about making someone angry; it’s about moving on as professionally as possible. You don’t want to burn any bridges. You never know if new positions will open up in the future or if your new adventure won’t pan out.
It’s business, not personal. Just say your peace and move on.
DON’T TELL PEOPLE UNTIL YOU’VE DONE IT
The last thing you want is for your boss to have heard from the rumor mill that you’re quitting. Not only does that put your boss in an awkward situation that everyone knows about, but it also stirs up the employee pot and paves the way for drama. Simply put, it’s not a good way to go.
Plus, you want the ball in your court. Sometimes even the attempt of quitting gracefully will give your employer incentive to give you a raise or a promotion to keep you around.
RESPECT YOUR EMPLOYER
At my current job, I once had a co-worker who simply stopped showing up without notice that she was quitting. Other than being completely disrespectful to the employer that was cutting her paychecks, she also left me totally hanging as I had to pick up her slack unexpectedly. It worked out for me (a raise and commissions for stepping up to the plate), but that didn’t take away the bad taste in our mouths.
Always respect your employer and co-workers, even if they angered you. They are human beings just like you; the least you can do is show some tact. You may want them as references later on, and you’ll have a better shot of getting a good one from them if you quit gracefully.
If you want to be extra cautious about quitting, check out this article from Forbes, which discusses how you shouldn’t use your employer’s technology to make your moves or how you should read over your employee contract. Both are very good things to keep in mind; however, once you’ve got that sorted out and the moment of truth comes, always remember to keep your cool.
Have any good or bad stories from quitting a job? Share them in the comments.