Exiting Your Employment on Good Terms
Do you want to quit your job? Have you gone as far as you can go, professionally? Are you ready for something new? Have you already received a better offer? Perhaps your partner got a new job in another state and you’re going with them, or maybe you hate your job so much that you can’t stomach it one more day. Regardless of your reason for leaving, there is a right way and a wrong way to quit your job. Exiting on good terms is just the classy thing to do, whether you’re looking for a reference or recommendation or not. Here’s how to do it.
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When you’re ready to quit your job, the first thing you need to do is give notice. The standard is two weeks, but depending on what’s waiting for you, you may not be able to give so much time. And your employer may choose not to take it. They may have you escorted out of the building that day—especially if you work for a company that handles sensitive information or if you hold a high-level position there. Just make sure that you’re prepared—emotionally, physically and financially—to quit your job before you actually do it.
Write Your Letter of Resignation
You might want to have this ready before you give notice. In it, include your intended last day. You can find plenty of good examples of resignation letters on the Internet. It should be concise and matter-of-fact. There’s no need to get emotional, sentimental or vengeful. Remember to keep it classy!
Meet With Your Supervisor
When you quit your job, you should speak to your supervisor first as a courtesy, since you’ve been working closely with them. It’s better they hear it from you, rather than Human Resources. And if you’re open to a counter offer or hearing about new perks if you stay, they’re the person to get the ball rolling on that.
Meet With Human Resources
You can turn over your letter of resignation at this meeting. Again, you don’t need to go into too much detail about why you’re leaving—keep it short and simple. You can mention what you’ve gained by working there and offer to help transition your replacement or get things organized. If they ask for an exit interview on your last day, answer the questions and keep it classy.
Don’t Burn Bridges
No matter your reason for leaving, do it with grace and class. You don’t want to burn your bridges! Even if you hate the job and your coworkers were extremely toxic, you never know when they’ll come up in your professional future. It’s a small world—smaller than you think! You may need a recommendation or you or your new boss may run into your former colleagues at a convention or wherever. You’d like them to say good things about you, wouldn’t you? Telling people off, leaving in a huff or just not showing up to a job will not only leave a bad taste in your employer’s mouth, it will also show your lack of professionalism and prevent you from using the employer as a reference.
Keep Working as Usual
If you were able to give two weeks notice, spend those two weeks doing work! This isn’t the time to slack off. Instead, finish strong! You should tell your friends and coworkers you’re leaving and make sure your obligations are fulfilled. Don’t start taking two-hour lunches or shoving your filing to the side of your desk.
Offer Your Assistance
Do whatever you can to make your transition as smooth as possible for your soon-to-be-former employer. If they hire someone to fill your shoes before you leave, or a coworker is stepping up to the task, train them. Show them what you do and how you do it. If they have questions they can get them answered before you leave.
Update Your Contacts
There are personal friends and professional friends you’ll want to stay in touch with. Remember what a small world it really is, and having as many current contacts as possible is always a good idea. Exchange phone numbers, emails and ask them to join you on professional sites like LinkedIn.
Exit Like a Pro
On your last day, go around to everyone you’ve worked with and say your goodbyes. Offer up thanks for all their help while you were there or let them know what a pleasure it was working with them. Tell your boss what you learned from him/her that will prove valuable in the future.
You’re future is waiting! Why not step into it as a class act?
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