How to Quit Your Job with Grace
From my very first job my mom always told me “Don’t burn bridges. You never know when something is going to fall through, and you might need a job and quick." Whether it was working at McDonald’s as a teenage or serving through college, I always left professionally and with respect. Quitting was never easy. It didn’t matter how ready I was to move on and pursue better opportunities. I was always still hesitant to do so. Hopefully with these tips on how to quit your job, M Force Staffing can help ease the hesitation and make a hard process a little bit easier.
Before You Quit
It is proper etiquette to give ample notice to your company when you’re leaving even though some companies ask you to go ahead and leave as soon as you turn it in. This is because many companies don’t want an employee working for them that is not dedicated. Additionally, depending on the field, they don’t want you to take any sensitive materials with you. Therefore, as you’re preparing to quit, go ahead and pack up your office. Take down all your personal items and clean up your computer. Send files to an email or drop box of work that could be used to build your professional portfolio.
Writing Your Resignation Letter
Your resignation letter should have three components. First, it should state something positive along the lines of “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this company for the last ___ years.” Second, you inform them that you are leaving. For example, “however, it is time for me to move on.” Lastly inform the manager of the date of your last day (preferably two weeks out) and offer to help with the transition plan.
The first person you should inform of your departure is your direct manager. Ideally this conversation should take place face-to-face and not over email, text, or a phone call.
During your meeting, inquire about continuing health insurance coverage through COBRA, cashing in unused sick and vacation pay, and your transferring your 401K.
During the exit interview, remain professional. Although they want you to be honest, they don’t want you to be too honest. Information and advice about pay, benefits, etc. are welcomed; however, when it comes to management problems, you can burn bridges and leave on a negative note if you’re “too honest.”
First and foremost, do not brag about your new job. Second, send a farewell email out to co-workers to let them know you will be moving on to another opportunity. As you leave, leave with dignity, grace, and a positive attitude.