Quitting a Job Doesn’t Mean Burning a Bridge
There is nothing like quitting a job you’ve hated. It’s like pure freedom! Everything prior to leaving though, is the worst. Most people don’t like conflict and there is a lot of conflict that could arise.
No one should aim to piss their boss off when quitting, especially if you need recommendations. Because, ideally, you shouldn’t still be using the family you baby sat for when you were in high school. Therefore, the way you quit your job is very crucial in your future career.
When you start thinking that you want to quit your job, you should first try to see what other opportunities are out there. You don’t want to be that person that quits their job without another plan and has no choice but to start selling their plasma to pay for rent (Hmmm, this sounds a lot like college). Beside the point, make sure you have some sort of a plan before you choose to quit your current gig.
Fast forward a little bit… you’ve got another gig lined up and you finally have the courage to quit your current job for good. Congrats, that is a big step, now comes the hard part.
So, how do you go about quitting?
1. Write a resignation letter
Giving a two weeks notice (here are some examples) is one of the first ways to show your respect for your current employer. Remember that you still will need to follow your employment contract and that an employer does not need to follow your notice and may terminate you immediately. Yes, that would suck and is not ideal, but we want to be honest with you about what could happen.
Now that you have your resignation letter written, you will need to give it to someone. What will look best on you in your future endeavors is to give this in person. Yes, this may be terrifying, but it is well worth it in the long run.
2. Be positive and up front
Even though you may be quitting because the company culture is a shit show, make sure to stay positive, or at least neutral in your tone during this conversation. It’s also very important to be up-front with why you are leaving. It’s okay to be harsh in the feedback, if you feel like that is what they need. But also be constructive. Make sure to communicate HOW they can they improve upon it in the future. Again, do this in the kindest way possible. Instead of, “My boss is an asshole” try, “My boss and I have different ideal management styles”. This is not a time to bash the employer, but a time for them to realize how they can better their company for future employees they may hire.
3. Help make it a smooth transition
This is one of the most important aspects that can reflect positively for you in the future. In many cases, you are one of the only employees that knows what your job entails on a day to day basis. This makes it even more important to foster a smooth transition. This can be as simple as writing down the responsibilities that you are in charge of or even setting up a meeting with a manager to teach them how it is done. Yes, you may be wanting to get out as fast as possible, but few things show more respect than helping the company with a smooth transition.
4. Leave constructive feedback online
Quitting can be a great time to give feedback to the company with a lot less repercussion. That can’t fire you, you already quit. Maybe you want to leave it for them privately, or maybe you want to leave it publicly on employer review sites like Glassdoor. Just make sure you give CONSTRUCTIVE feedback. Actionable items. Just complaining does no good, for you, or them.
Yes, quitting a job can be a scary experience, but hang in there and make sure to stay positive and respectful.
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