How To Quit Your Job The Right Way

Updated: August 9, 2019

Quitting your job can help or hurt your future reputation, it just depends on how you do it. Leave on the wrong note, and you could end up making an impression that could ricochet with you. Do it in the right way, and you could maintain some powerful contacts that could come in handy for years to come.

Want to quit your job? Here are five things to keep in mind before you do it.

1. Do it in person

Quitting can be intimidating, especially if the fact that you want to leave your job will come as a surprise to your co-workers. That being said, it’s simple business etiquette to tell your boss in person. It leaves a better impression and there’s no room for misinterpretation.

2. Don’t leave too quickly

As anxious as you might be to start a new job, make sure to give a respectable two-week’s notice and be willing to help with the transition of the new hire if needed. This could be as simple as answering questions or emails once you leave, or hanging around a little longer to complete a job or project.

3. Take the exit interview seriously

Not every exit from a job is smooth or drama free, we get that. But before you leave, most companies will ask you for an exit interview to talk about your experience in the job. Participate in this and be honest, but don’t burn bridges. Even if you’re frustrated, keep your cool and provide constructive criticism without offending anyone. Remember, this employer might be a reference for a future position!

4. Give thanks to your team members

Most people will remember you based on their final experiences working with you along with how things ended. Consider writing a thank you note or email to your boss, employees and/or co-workers letting them know what you appreciate about them.

5. Don’t quit until after you’ve been paid bonuses or commissions 

If you have upcoming bonuses or commissions coming your way, wait to quit until you’ve been paid for those so you don’t lose out on that extra money. Use your vacation days before you quit too, or make sure you understand how to get compensated for any unused time. Before you sign on for any new job, make sure you understand any non-compete agreements you have signed could prevent you from starting a new job, too.

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