Updated: Mar 12
7 Tips on Leaving Your Job
Whether you’re leaving your job based on the acquisition of a better one, starting your own business or for any other reason, there are ways to quit without slamming doors behind you or leaving a bad mark on your employment history.
Here are seven tips to leave your job without causing a tsunami and on a high note that can enhance your career:
1. Speak to your boss personally. It’s much better to spend a few minutes with your boss to personally tell him or her about your exit plans than to spring it on a Friday afternoon with no plans of returning.
2. Time your exit for the least impact. All businesses have times when there are flurries of activity and things are hopping and other times when progress is slower. Time your exit so there’s as little impact on the void your leaving will cause.
3. Say less rather than more. Never ramble on to your boss about how you dislike the job or changes that should be made in the company. Simply stay on the positive side about how you’ve benefited from the job, but that it’s time to move on.
4. Ask for a letter of recommendation. Even if you’re branching out to start your own business, it doesn’t hurt to have documentation about your credentials. You might use it for future business partners. Other employers will also find it helpful to assess your skills.
5. Don’t brag about your future job or business. You can be excited about the future without making it sound like you’re thrilled about leaving your job and the people with whom you work. Be positive about the past and hopeful about the future.
6. Offer to train your replacement. Make a genuine offer to train a replacement for your job during the time you have left. The offer will be appreciated by an employer, even though it may not be feasible.
7. Say Goodbye. Before you leave your job, write a genuine letter of farewell to everyone you worked with at the company, letting them know you’re leaving and that you’ve enjoyed working with them. Use your creativity to find positive things to say about those you really didn’t enjoy working with.
Don’t forget to gather all the essential information about what you’re entitled to when you walk out the door. It may mean being paid for vacation or sick pay that was unused and information about your 401K (if applicable).
It can be both exhilarating and infuriating to quit your job – especially if there have been hard feelings and/or misunderstandings along the way. Walk out with class and you won’t regret the decision.