How To Quit Your Job

So you’ll read tons of articles teaching you how to look for jobs, ace the application process or get a promotion; but we’re here today to show you how to quit your job.

You could be quitting for a multitude of reasons:

  1. You got a new cooler/better job
  2. You’re not satisfied with what you’re doing at your current job
  3. You’re looking for a career change

Regardless of what your reasoning may be, its important that you leave a positive lasting impression on your employer and colleagues to ensure a smooth resignation.

Find out what your notice period is

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It is crucial that you find out what your employer’s notice period is when resigning. Most organisations need to know if you plan on leaving at least 2-3 weeks in advance, but its always best to double check with your employer first. Giving ample notice allows your employer to find a suitable replacement for your position or finalise any transition procedures, and is generally seen as good resignation etiquette. If you’ve already been hired somewhere else, make sure you leave plenty of time for your notice period at your current company before starting your new position.

Write your termination notice

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Although some organisations may allow for verbal resignations, most will require a formal written notice to recognise your resignation. No need for a long-winded essay – a short one page letter explaining your reasoning for leaving is more than enough. Simply explain why you will be leaving your position, thank them for the opportunity and thank them for the experience you gained. Also be sure to find out who to address your termination notice to.

Leave on a good note

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Even if you may have had a negative experience at your current company, it is vital that you leave a positive lasting impression on your colleagues and associates. Be sure to thank your colleagues for your time spent working there and avoid bad-mouthing your company even after you’ve resigned – you may find yourself working with the very same people in other organisations, or even depend on them for a future job reference. The last thing you want to do is burn your bridges and sever valuable connections.

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