Are you ready to leave your position? Maybe you’re starting over somewhere new and moving out of town. Or you’ve got an offer you can’t refuse, so you are ready to jump ship and start at a new company.
Quitting is tricky, and there will never be a perfect time to leave. But quitting properly is always recommended, no matter how toxic or awful the situation may be. References, networking, and relationships are all incredibly important in today’s market.
Don’t feel bad about quitting – but do quit the right way. Burning bridges never makes sense.
Give Appropriate Amount of Notice
Giving an appropriate amount of notice is incredibly important when you’re quitting your job. You don’t want to leave a bad taste in your former employer’s mouth by leaving too abruptly, or not finishing out commitments.
Two weeks is the standard amount for a reason, and with most jobs, this is fine. If you’re heading a vital project and your new position or life opportunities can wait, offering to stay on board and work through until the end can earn you major brownie points. Plus you won’t screw over your coworkers too much.
However, too much notice is also a thing! One woman told her company that she planned to leave ‘in a year’ to move to another state. They eventually replaced her long before that because they knew she had no intention of staying around.
Tell Your Boss Before Anyone Else
It’s hard to keep the good news to yourself, but try – you shouldn’t be sharing that you’re quitting with your coworkers or team members before you tell your boss.
Not only is it unprofessional, but you don’t want your boss to find out you’re leaving through another source. Keep your plans under wrap until you have told him, and given the company enough time to process the news.
Always Quit in Person
Sending an email to your boss at 4:55 on a Friday seems tempting, but don’t give in! You should always quit in person, not over the phone, through email, and especially not through text message or a company instant messaging service.
Type up a letter of resignation and bring it to the meeting, but make sure you have the conversation in person. Answer questions honestly, but don’t be rude – you still have to work here for a while, and being combative isn’t going to be helping anyone!
Ask About Details, Always
The biggest mistake that some people make is that they don’t ask about details or get information – they simply drop their resignation and leave. But there is a lot you need to know!
Find out what employee benefits you’re entitled to, what happens to any money you’ve been adding to your 401K or retirement plan, and how your health insurance transition will work. COBRA, anyone?
If your boss can’t answer the questions you have, make sure you go straight to HR with them to find out answers. This will make your transition to new employment much smoother!