I’ve quit every single job I’ve ever had, which is definitely is better than being fired…but it’s probably a good thing I decided to become a self-employed entrepreneur. Ha! The truth is, I’ve never been comfortable sitting at a desk, punching a clock, and helping someone else achieve their goals while I put mine on the back-burner. However, I certainly attempted to do so for a while prior to making the leap to self-employment. I held three serious jobs after college before deciding to go off on my own, and I like to think I quit each with dignity and grace.
Quitting a job is one of the scariest things you’ll ever do, especially if it’s a great gig and you like your boss. However, if bigger and better things are calling your name…it’s so important to lean in to those gut feelings and say farewell to an old opportunity to make room for an even more exciting one. So, when you waltz in to have that big convo with your boss, be sure to remember the following!
Write a Letter of Resignation Prior To Having the Conversation.
Although I’m sure you have some eloquent speech planned out for this big moment, it’s also good to have it all written down on paper. They will likely ask you for a letter of resignation for their files anyway, so it’s best to just get it out of the way!
Give Them At Least Two Weeks Notice.
Regardless of what your current contact states, it’s simply common courtesy to give your employer at least two weeks notice when you quit your job. This will give them a head start on finding someone to replace you, and will allow you to transition out of the company more smoothly.
State Your Terms. Clearly.
It’s important that you be extremely clear about the terms of ending your employment. Let them know up front what your last day will be, what you expect to be paid out for (PTO/sick days), and whatever else you believe you are owed.
Be Honest About Why You’re Choosing to Leave.
This may sound strange, but some people will get offended when you leave their company. It’s sort of like breaking up…and you’re the one doing the dirty work…so be honest about why you’re choosing to leave. I had different reasons for leaving each of the jobs I quit, and I voiced them all when the time came. I like to think it helped bring some clarity to the situation.
Give Feedback About Your Time at the Company.
People appreciate feedback, whether that be in the form of praise or constructive criticism. Now, I’m not saying bash your boss or the company on your way out…but if you have something valuable to offer that could help them better their business, it’s always nice to relay that information.
Tell Them How Thankful You Are For The Opportunity They Gave You.
Regardless of your experience at the place you’re leaving, they took a chance and decided to hire you…and now you’re off to bigger and better things. Therefore, they played a small part in helping you get to where you’re headed next. And letting them know that you appreciate that is the right thing to do.
Carry Out Your Obligations Throughout Those Last Two Weeks As If You Weren’t Leaving.
AKA, don’t get lazy your last two weeks. Finish out your tasks to the best of your ability so that you can leave knowing you did the absolute best work you could.
Ask If You Can Use Them As A Reference.
If the professional “breakup” went well, asking up front if you can use them as a reference for any future endeavors will keep you from having to awkwardly email a few months or even a year from now.
Keep in Touch.
Depending on how the relationship was, it’s nice to say hello from time to time. I sometimes email my old bosses articles that make me think of their company or little bits of information I know they’d find useful! Keep in mind, I worked for all very boutique companies…so this may not be appropriate for a bigger corporate team :) Keeping in touch is also a really great way to network and let your old employers know what you’re up to! You never know, they may know someone who needs your new services!
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