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How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

Quitting your job is never pleasant, and handing in that letter of resignation can be nerve wracking! If done well you can preserve your reputation with the company you are leaving and ensure that your boss will be open to providing a positive reference in the future. There are a few ways that can help this often awkward event go smoothly.

Give Plenty of Notice

It is poor form to leave a company without respecting the notice period expected from employer. Prior to resigning, evaluate your current work load and gage the amount of time you require to hand over your desk in reasonably good shape. I know it may be tough if you really don’t like your job, but a little hard work to cross the finish line is well worth the effort.

The standard is 2-4 weeks, but a little sensitivity for your current co-workers can help you leave on good terms. In some instances, you may be asked to leave the very day you quit, and you may want to spend a few extra hours before resigning getting your desk in order as not to burden the person taking over your files. This may not be possible, but do your best to get as organized as you can.

Be Thankful (Even if You Aren't)

Regardless of your feelings towards the company or your boss, thank them for the opportunity and expound on the positives you experienced during your time there. It is ok to fib a little here for the sake of a good reference and smoothing over a potentially awkward situation.

Bragging about how great your new job is should be avoided. Again, you want to at least appear to be thankful for what you have learned, and revealing how wonderful your new office is, or how sweet the company pension plan can be off putting to those you work with.

Offer to Help Hire or Train Your Replacement

Having been in your role for a few years, naturally you are the right person to help hire and train the person who will be filling your shoes. This can take some of the stress having an employee leave a company, and win you some reference bonus points. By ensuring your replacement is prepared you are demonstrating professionalism at its best.

When it comes time for you to draft your resignation letter, ensure that you consider how long you need to hand over a reasonably organized work load, remember to say thank you for the opportunity and all that the organization has done for you, keep the details of your fantastic new job under wraps and train help your replacement ease into the new role.

Quit your job gracefully and consider these tips will go a long way in helping you to avoid burning bridges and nurture the relationships you have worked so hard to create.

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