This Article is About
quitting your job
awkward situation
bonus points
good shape
finish line
new job
co workers
amount of time
instances
sake
How To Quit Your Job Gracefully
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

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.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Quitting Your Job Without A Plan?
How good is quitting your job without a plan? Sounds fine in practice doesn't it but in reality it is just not such a good idea. Maybe you are at the stage where in your daily job the satisfaction isn't there any more? Or it's simply the long commute to…
By: Keith Rickman in  Self Improvement  >  Achievement   Jul 01, 2012  
5
  Likes: 0

How to Promote Products Online - Quickly and Easily
Want to know how to promote products online, quickly and easily? Read my PROVEN method for getting results...
0
  Likes: 1

Start Making Money Online By Quitting Your Job
Have you grown sick and tired of the daily grind? If you are already dragging yourself to work each day or started to have a list of believable excuses for your boss ready each time you call in sick or take a leave, then one thing is clear: you don’t…
By: Wowie in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   Jan 04, 2012  
2
  Likes: 1

Does Affiliate Marketing Work - Let Me Show You It Does
If you are looking to make money online - as an additional income perhaps or even with the long term aim of quitting your job then one way to make money online is through affiliate marketing, however many people often ask the question - does affiliate marketing work? First of…
By: Andy Denton in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Affiliate Revenue   May 14, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Creating Safe Places In My Life
This article is all about each person creating safe places in his or her life. It's an important thing to think about and more importantly, it is do-able. There is no joy in continually finding yourself in places that feel unsafe to you or around people who make you feel…
By: Kathy Manis Findley in  Self Improvement  >  Personal Growth   Aug 07, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

How The Wealthy Affiliate University Can Change Your Future
For many people the concept of making money online is just a fantasy, but if you really want to discover how the wealthy affiliate university will help turn making money online in to a reality and change your life for the better, you have come to the right place. Right…
By: Neilc in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   Jun 28, 2013  
2
  Likes: 2

When Opportunity Strikes AT Your Doorstep
I can guess out there than none of you including me of course is totally satisfied with the kind of incomes we make month to month being employed, which I guess most of you are. The endless rat race to make ends meet, moreover the daily routine of having to…
By: Stevenson in  Home Based Business  >  Network Marketing   Sep 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

What To Say When Your Ex Boyfriend Calls You
If you're currently involved in an underground ploy to win back your ex-boyfriend, what to say to him to have the best result may be a confusing and frustrating proposition. Since all forms of contact virtually stop after a relationship has ended (or at least they should), reestablishing contact can…
By: Charlotte Jane in  Relationships  >  Communication   Sep 03, 2012  
0
  Likes: 2

My Ex Boyfriend Is Ignoring Me - What Do I Do Now?
It happens in some breakups. The phone just stops ringing. The texts don't flow in the steady stream that they once did. Days start to fly by after the breakup and you're sitting by the phone, but he doesn't call. The contact that you once counted on has disappeared overnight,…
By: Charlotte Jane in  Relationships  >  Communication   Jul 26, 2012  
61
  Likes: 2

How to Find True Love
Have you reached that point in your life where you are tired of the dating scene and want to discover how to find true love? There is a certain age we all get to if you are a playboy or playgirl where you feel it's time to grow up and…
By: Chris Evans in  Relationships  >  Dating   Sep 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Losing A $58m Contract for Going Over the Proposal Page Limits! Lessons Learnt?
On May 17, GAO rejected Tetra Tech’s protest regarding its proposal for an information technology service contract for NSF. In short, the Technical Approach in Tetra Tech’s proposal received an unsatisfactory rating because it was 2 pages over the stated limit. Was this an oversight or due to some incompetency?…
By: Ab F. Vand in  Business  >  Career Advice   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Artist Management – Concept Events
The Artist Management landscape holds a completely different picture from what it was a couple of years ago and it will be exceedingly different after some years from now. In this hastily changing environment one needs to keep his hands on each rejuvenation to let their space last. Musical Industry…
By: Shaista Kiran in  Business  >  Career Advice   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Jobs In Uae
You will likely hear numerous individuals gripe that the business contract is not worth the paper it's composed on. Positively there are individuals who've had a disagreeable occupation encounter some place where things did not appear to go as indicated by what they comprehended from their agreement. Work directions in…
By: Shaista Kiran in  Business  >  Career Advice   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Top Engineering Colleges In Jaipur
Rajasthan is a state of culture and colors. With being rich in cultural coronations it is also rich in ample number of B.tech colleges present here. Rajasthan is emerging as one of the literate state. It has presence of multiple numbers of B.tech colleges. Providing high quality education and build…
By: ranjan sharma in  Business  >  Career Advice   May 18, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Why Work Experience Is Imperative
Common conception is that work experience is purely for CV building and a cheap and easy solution for business owners to complete some very unwanted admin tasks. Many work experiences placements do involve very menial tasks but that doesn’t mean they are worthless or irrelevant to the growth of your…
By: Jeff Nevil in  Business  >  Career Advice   May 13, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1424    Report this Article