How to professionally quit your job?
Sometimes in your life could happened, that you are not satisfied with your current work because of many different factors, and you feel some change is needed.
We know that it is not easy to quit a job and that’s why we would like to give you some advice and inform you about important points to think through before you turn in your resignation. When you are sure that you are ready to quit, there are always ways you can resign gracefully and leave on good terms.
Before you make a hard decision to quit your job, we strongly recommend that you talk to your employer and explain what’s on your mind, why are you thinking about quitting a job and to try to find solutions together with your employer to make you happy again.
How do you know it is time for change?
There are a few warning signs that it’s time to go, including reduced productivity, physical and psychical complaints, and finding your conversation at home dominated by work-related issues.
Are these warning enough?
Even if you have every reason in the world to resign, it might not be a good idea to quit your job right away. Make sure that you’re leaving for the right reasons, rather than quitting because you had an argue with your colleagues or with the management, or maybe just because you had a bad week, and it seems like it won’t get better any time soon.
Maybe you have another job offer? If so, weigh the pros and cons of the new position versus your current position. Consider the work environment, flexibility, salary, and benefits in addition to the job responsibilities. How about opportunities to advance? If the new job comes out ahead on all counts and you feel sure that this is the right change to make, don’t hesitate. But let´s do it in professional way!
If you have an employment contract that states how much notice you should give, please respect it. Otherwise, it’s appropriate to offer two weeks’ notice.
In some cases, you may feel that you are unable to stay for another couple of weeks. When that happens, it’s important to conduct yourself professionally in every other way, such as sending a formal resignation letter, offering to help to the best of your abilities, and keeping things positive until you go.
Tips for Quitting Gracefully
Whenever possible, it’s always a good idea to talk to your boss to explain that you’re moving on, and to provide written notification that you’re quitting.
- Write a Resignation Letter
The formal way to quit is to write a resignation letter and to tell your supervisor in person that you’re leaving. However, depending on circumstances, you may need to quit over the phone or to quit via email. In any of the cases, always make sure to inform your employer and do not just leave without any reason or information. Regardless of how you chose to resign, write a resignation letter, or send a resignation email. We strongly advise that you never leave without a word and you just not turn up at your work, this is extremely unprofessional.
Regardless of why you quit your job, be sure to say the right things in your resignation letter: offer a brief explanation of why you’re leaving, thank them for the opportunity, and let them know when your last day will be.
- Ask for a Reference
Before you leave, ask for a letter of recommendation from your manager. As time passes and people move on, it’s easy to lose track of previous employers. With a letter in hand or a LinkedIn recommendation online, you’ll have documentation of your credentials to share with future employers. In addition to this, you have much bigger chances to get a new job with positive written references.
- Return Company Property
Return any company property you have, including keys, car, documents, computers, phones, tools and anything else that doesn´t belong to you. The company doesn’t want to chase you to get it back, and you don’t want to be held responsible if it’s not returned in a timely manner.
- Always be polite
It is good to leave a good impression before leaving. Emphasize the positive and talk about how the company has benefited you, but also mention that it’s time to move on. Avoid being negative. No matter the situation or the reasons that lead to your resignation, there is no point in arguing, it’s better to leave in a nice and polite way. The best option is to leave the company and employer in good terms as it could also benefit you in the future. In case that you will need a new job in the future and your employer will have open vacancy, you have a better chance of being employed there again. 😊
If you would need an example of a formal resignation letter, you can click here to download one:
Greetings to you all,
DK Recruitment Services
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