If you feel underappreciated, underpaid, or simply bored to tears, you may often think about quitting your job. It can change the current path of your career, which can feel daunting, but it can also result in more fulfilling experiences. However, this is easier said than done. Quitting your job is a big decision. Sometimes, it can feel outright scary.
If you find yourself in a position ready to open new doors, read our tips on how to quit your job in a professional manner.
1. Be sure you really want to quit
Before you follow the steps listed below, be sure you really want to quit. Every work environment has its difficulties. It’s up to you to consider if these said difficulties are temporary, feasible to work through, or not worth it. Furthermore, take the following into consideration.
You should probably quit your job if. . .
- . . .you can’t advance despite many efforts.
- . . .you’re always the last to know.
- . . .your boss is underwhelming.
- . . .you have trouble finding any enjoyment.
If you’re still apprehensive about quitting, read IT Resources’ article Should You Quit Your Job.
2. Give notice
If you feel comfortable with your decision to quit, begin the process by giving adequate notice. Most companies require a two-week notice. However, remember not to assume. Before handing in any kind of resignation, check to see what your employment contract recommends or requires. If you can’t find any requirements, most organizations feel that two weeks serve as adequate notice.
3. Write a resignation letter
We promise it’s not passive-aggressive. Many organizations see resignation letters as a professional way to quit. Moreover, it helps the process remain mostly positive. In other words, if you have messy or negative relationships with co-workers or bosses, resignation letters help maintain a professional atmosphere.
However, that’s only true if you keep it professional. Thank them, discuss what you’ve learned and benefited from (face it, you learned some things), but more importantly, discuss why you’ve left. If you work in an unprofessional environment, it may be best to keep things generalized. Furthermore, say it’s just time for you to move on.
4. Review your onboarding documents
When someone leaves a company, they may be entitled to certain benefits. Therefore, before you leave, discuss the possibility of obtaining vacation time, sick pay, your 401(k) or another type of pension. To make sure you will receive everything entitled to you, review your onboarding documents. That way, you won’t miss anything that can aid you in the process of leaving.
5. Ask for a reference
Depending on why you’re leaving and thus the relationships you have with your superiors, ask for a letter of recommendation. Positive references such as these help you in two ways:
- They help you with your future job search by legitimizing the credentials you’re claiming.
- By using professional networking platforms such as LinkedIn, you will never lose track of past employers and showcase your credentials to larger audiences.