So you’ve been back at work for over two weeks now and you just can’t face it any more but what is the best way to quit your job?
No matter how much you hate your job or your boss, you must not quit in the heat of the moment or you might go on to regret how you actually went about it – remember, the world is a small place and you don’t always know if your next boss will know the one you just told exactly what you thought of them; or you might need a reference at some point. You want to leave on the best terms possible.
The first step is to sit down and calmly weigh up the pros and cons of leaving your current position and review the options open to you. If you don’t have another job to go to you will have to consider carefully if you can afford to quit at this time. You will also need to check your contract of employment to see just how much notice you are obliged to give.
The best and most professional way to quit your job is to write a letter of resignation. This should be kept short and to the point while maintaining a positive tone. In fact all you need to do is say that you are giving the company the required number of weeks notice that you intend to leave because you want to take your career in a new direction and mention something about how the company has been of benefit to you. You must not say anything negative and in fact it is also a good idea to offer to help during the transition and to give a hand-over. By remaining positive and professional, you will be able to go back to the company and ask for references should you ever need them.
I would also suggest that you hand the letter to your boss in person so that you can also tell them that you are leaving; again, no matter how bad things have been, keep it short and positive. Once you have done this, you can then go on to tell your colleagues – you don’t want your boss to hear it first from someone else!
How did you quit your last job?