Dos and Donts when Quitting a Job

October 28 2014

By Julia Richardson – Many times people leave a short note or blow up on their boss and then quit their job. However, the best way to resign from your job is to write a formal resignation letter. Resigning from your job can sometimes be stressful, but it is better to tastefully resign in order to avoid burning bridges. Here are some dos and don’ts for resigning from your job.

  • Do clean up your computer

When you resign your boss may not want to give you two weeks and may start walking you to the door. Therefore, it is in your best interest to clean up your computer and delete any personal emails or files before giving your notice.

  • Don’t burn bridges

Avoid saying you hate your boss, hate your job or hate the company you work for in writing. The best thing to do is keep venting out of your resignation letter. After all, it will be saved in your file and can come back to haunt you later.

  • Do give notice

Give your notice in two weeks or as soon as you can. If you give two weeks but need sooner, be sure to ask to leave sooner.

  • Don’t forget a resignation letter

Be sure that you write a resignation letter even if you resign over the phone. All you need to say is that you’re leaving and the date of your last day.

  • Do know what you’re entitled to after leaving—if anything

Get the details you need as far as what benefits or salary you are entitled to when you leave the company. Also ask about any unused vacation, sick pay and 401k.

  • Don’t be negative

Again, don’t use this opportunity to talk negatively about bosses, co-workers or the company. Be professional straight to the end. Otherwise, it may prove costly in the future.

  • Don’t brag

It may be tempting, but resist the urge to brag about your new job to your co-workers. Be humble; be modest. Keep any smugness at bay. If you must do so, at least be discreet.

  • Do offer to help train your replacement

You should do whatever you can do to make the transition go smoothly after you leave. Training your replacement shows you have a good attitude and respect for the company.

  • Do ask for references

If you get references be sure to ask that they give you a LinkedIn recommendation and that they are available via email and phone.

Dos and Don'ts for Resignation

  • Don’t forget to say goodbye

Send a farewell message to your co-workers and include contact information so that you can stay in touch. You never know when you might need it.

Yes, it may be tempting to go out in a blaze of glory, but be professional until the end, even if you hate your job. It will be to your benefit in the long run.


Dos and Don'ts for Resignation

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