How To Quit Your Job
We all dream of a day where we will just go up to our boss, say I quit and leave the office behind forever. However, no matter how much we dream or day dream about that scenario, things just do not work that way in the real world. You cannot just quit and walk away; if you do, you just might never get another job again, after all any future employer is bound to call your current one for reference. What will they think about you when they hear about you walked out? They won’t trust you. So, does that mean that you can’t quit your job? Of course not! All it means is that you need to do it in a certain manner.
So, how should you go about quitting your job, and that too in such as matter as to not burn bridges or hamper your future career prospects. Not to mention, do it legally, as many companies often have a clause as to the manner of your departure in their job contract. Keeping that in mind, here are certain tips on how to quit your job.
Firstly, decide that you want to quit your job. Really think it through and ensure that this is the path you want to take. Once you have made up your mind, you have to start planning. You cannot immediately quit your job. What are you going to do about money? And even if you have some savings, it is much easier to look for a job and more importantly negotiate salary if you already have a job rather than if you are unemployed. So, you need to plan ahead, get everything ready for when you actually want to quit your job, whether that means getting your finances in order or having a new job lined up.
Review your job agreement or contract
Before you actually quit take a look at any and all job agreements or contracts that you may have signed with the employer. Ensure that there are no binding rules or regulations stopping you from leaving, such as required duration of employment, etc. Also, ensure that you will not be penalized for quitting, such as forfeiting your final salary, or bonuses, etc.
Wait to quit until you have received any outstanding commission or what not
If possible, wait until you have received any outstanding commissions or bonus that you are due before actually handing in your resignation. Though they shouldn’t, but your boss may look for excuses not to pay you, or hold or delay your payment, even if nothing else but to spite you. Do not give them a chance to; as they say, better safe than sorry.
Type up a resignation letter
Once you are sure that you want to go through with this and that there is nothing stopping you, then you will need a resignation letter for the final deed. The resignation letter should be short and to the point. If you really want to get into why you are quitting, and want to you purge your thoughts then you can do so. However, know that you don’t have to. You can also get by with the generic ‘a better opportunity has come along’. It is primarily up to you, however, it you can take the second simpler route out if you don’t want to get into the blame game, and just get out of there.
Schedule a meeting with your boss
Once you have everything else in place, then it comes to actually quit your job. In order to do this, schedule a meeting with your boss and a bit in advance. Give your boss an indication regarding what this is about. You do not want to spring this news on your boss, who may or may not take it well. If they go not take it well, and decide to make your life a living hell, they can, such as lying to potential future employees, holding you final payment and what not. Though they shouldn’t, but you can’t really take that risk can you?
Don’t tell others before finalizing things with your boss
Gossip spreads like wildfire in an office; nearly everyone knows that. So, don’t tell anyone that you plan on quitting before talking to your boss first. It would very awkward for both of you, if your boss comes to know that you are quitting from someone else rather than straight from you. Not to mention, it seems highly unprofessional if that does happen. So, just to be on the safe side, talk to your boss first, and don’t worry, as soon as you do, miraculously the entire office will know about it almost immediately.
Serve out your notice period
Unless under extreme circumstances, every employee is expected to serve out a notice period. The duration of the notice period should be stated in your employment contract, and even if not, most companies have a standard duration of notice period set. Most commonly this is two weeks, but may differ depending on your company, your industry, or even your region. Serving out your notice period is the least you can do as it gives the company time to find your replacement and you to hand off your job duties to someone else. Not to mention, you may be legally obligated to serve the notice period anyway. Also, don’t slack off during this period, as this is basically how they will remember you after you leave.
Don’t burn bridges
No matter what you do, or don’t do, the most important thing is that you do not burn bridges. You are already leaving, you will soon be out of here; hence there is no point in airing out your grievances now. Remember this is how they will remember you after you leave; do you really want them to think of you with anger or resentment? Also, keep in mind that these people will also be responsible for your future references, so don’t alienate them. Plus, as all of you work in the same industry, there is a high chance that you may run into each other down the line, or worse may even need to work together again. So, you want to keep them on your good side.
Your target should be to leave your job with the least amount of fanfare as possible. Leave cordially and make everyone else think of you in good terms. This will allow you to quit your job with a professional attitude and allow you to leave with your dignity intact. Plus it wouldn’t hurt if they all give you glowing reviews and recommend you for other positions and other jobs.