How to Quit Your Job In a Professional Way
Quitting one’s job and making the transition to another may be a smart career move. Employees who feel that they are no longer being challenged in their current role may consider moving to a role where they can learn new things and grow their skill set. Disgruntled employees who are underpaid, undervalued, and no longer enjoy the work may also consider a move.
It may not be today, but at some point or another, you may want to resign your position. When you do, remember these steps:
Secure a new job or save up!— Some individuals may choose to juggle their job search with their full-time job. When going this route, it’s important to secure a job by receiving a job offer before submitting a resignation. On the other hand, some individuals simply do not have the time to find a job while they are working. Quitting the current job before beginning a new job search can be effective as it allows time to be fully dedicated to finding a job that fits; however those who do should save enough money to live off of for several months of unemployment.
Give ample notice—While giving two-weeks’ notice is standard procedure, informing your employer of your resignation as early as possible is common courtesy. Always discuss your resignation with your immediate supervisor first, before sharing the news with anyone else or posting it on social media. Offer to help your boss with the transition— you may even offer to help train your replacement. Once you’ve discussed the specifics with your manager, you can inform fellow employees of your decision to leave the company. If you are leaving your position due to a lack of challenge/growth, or for compensation reasons, sometimes sharing this with your Supervisor will enable your current company to make a counter-offer, or re-evaluate your position to add more responsibility and consequently, increase your compensation.
Be ready to be let go on the spot— Please keep in mind that if you have access to proprietary company information, some employers may be inclined to let you go immediately. Because of this, you may want to consider taking home any personal items in your desk prior to resigning.
Finish projects you’ve started—Don’t leave your successor with a stock-pile of incomplete projects and assignments. Finish all the projects that you’ve started before your last day of work. Don’t slack-off after turning in your resignation papers. Demonstrating that you are a dedicated hard working employee will be beneficial to you if should need to use the company as a reference in the future.
Give feedback during the exit process— The separation process may include exit interviews and excessive paperwork. While it may be an inconvenience, consider following through with the entire exit process—doing so maintains professionalism. Remember that giving honest feedback is important, but be discreet, provide constructive criticism that will help improve operations or employee morale. Always remember to be humble and polite; being disrespectful can follow you throughout your career.
Give a Proper Goodbye—Prepare a goodbye email to fellow team members on your last day of work to let them know that you enjoyed working together and ensure that those who may need to ask you questions about the position you are vacating can reach you. Stay in touch with fellow employees after you leave the company, as they may be a viable resource for you in the future.
Resigning your position for a better opportunity can be exciting, but remember that you may encounter or need those you leave behind, in the future – so exit with finesse!
Amanda Hopkins is a member of the Casino Careers, LLC Recruitment Team. She specializes in identifying resources to publicize career opportunities enabling qualified candidates to connect with Employers seeking their expertise. Amanda possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and was Editor-in-Chief of The Voice at Bloomsburg University in PA.