How to Leave Your Job: If you are not happy in your present job and you are ready to leave, have it in mind that how you quit can either help or hurt you where you go next in your career. In this article, I will guide you on how to leave your job in a professional way without regret.
There is a lot of advice out there on the basics of how to leave your job. You can choose to express appreciation for all the opportunities you have received, and show that you are committed to moving your responsibilities. But let us keep moving and talk about how to make having that conversation less painful. In this article, I will give you tips on how to leave your job in a professional way without regrets.
How to Leave Your Job in a Professional Way
Below are three things you will want to do when you decide to present your resignation:
1. Go Straight To Your Manager
When you want to break the news about leaving your job, don’t let anyone get between you and your manager. You should have control over how the news of your plans is presented to your boss. For the information to reach him or her in any other way maybe through the department grapevine or office gossip is unprofessional and insulting.
You should present your resignation in person, if possible. If a face-to-face meeting is not possible, set up a meeting via Skype or another video conferencing platform, or call your manager on the phone. Email is the last option but can be used when situations warrant.
2. Be Sure of What to Say When You Leave Your Job
Make sure you know what your message is before you approach your boss. Even if you are quitting on good terms, the conversation is likely to be uncomfortable and difficult. You don’t want to slip over your words and you want to be firm in your decision and prepared for any likely questions or objections your manager brings up.
The meeting must be professional and, above all, don’t give in to the desire to pour out about your job. While it may be fun to pretend about making a noticeable exit, getting innovative when leaving your job is not approved.
3. Your Resignation Should Be Written
After speaking to your boss about resigning, it is advisable to send the information in writing as well (email is fine, but hard copy is better). A resignation letter is to make sure there will be no confusion about the date you gave notice and the timing of your exit. Many firms include a copy of your resignation letter in your Human Resources folder as final confirmation.
Know When to Leave Your Job
When you are not happy in your current position, it can be very fascinating to put in two weeks’ notice before you have a new job. It’s much better to wait to leave a job until after you’ve safely gotten another one.
Although, there are some deviations to this rule. To know if you can afford to quit your job before finding a new one, here are some questions you should ask yourself:
- Depending on your field or industry, it can be hard to find a new job fast. Do you have the financial means to keep yourself going for three months or Six months?
- Most hiring managers don’t like to see an important gap between jobs. If anything, they will want to know: what happened with your former job? Can you explain it without it appearing as a negative part of your career history?
- Being unemployed for a long period of time can be difficult on people mentally, which makes them more expected to disappoint in an interview.
Forward your resignation letter to your boss. If your firm has an Human Resources department, you should send it there as well. You should submit a digital version through email and also print your letter and submit a paper copy so they can keep it for their records. And also, remember to keep a copy yourself, mainly if you sent it from a work email address that will soon be unused! You should also keep in touch with your advisors and colleagues.