8 Things to Keep in Mind When It's Time to Quit Your Job

8 Things to Keep in Mind When It's Time to Quit Your Job
From Recruiter - March 9, 2017

1. Tell Your Boss First

Keep your resignation to yourself until after youve made it official. Nothing burns bridges faster than not adhering to protocol. While you may be overjoyed about your next opportunity and want to share it with your favorite coworkers, you do not want to risk it getting back to your boss or team and catching them off guard. Be patient and follow protocol.

Angelina Darrisaw, C-Suite Coach

2. Be Professional and Respectful

Dont say anything negative. Thank your boss for the opportunity to work for the organization and for what they have taught you. Leave on good terms and dont burn any bridges. You will likely need them as a reference down the road. You may want to keep the boss as part of your network.

Stacy Pursell, The Pursell Group

3. Maintain Your Professionalism Outside of the Office, Too

Professionalism extends to your discussions with others and your social media sites. Do not badmouth the company and its management staff. Doing this simply makes you look like a disgruntled employee. It can be a small world out there. You never know where your next job opportunity may come from in the future. Professionally speaking, its a wise move to keep your motives and reasons for quitting to yourself.

Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, Feather Communications

4. You Dont Need to Justify Your Decision

Just rip the Band-Aid off. Dont beat around the bush or try to find the perfect thing to say. Dont try to over-explain or give unnecessary details. Simply express that you are giving your notice and offer a brief reason why (new job, moving, launching your own business, etc.). Be respectful, thank them for the experience, and stay positive and confident. Dont feel compelled to overshare.

Part of what causes anxiety is that we feel well have to explain ourselves or justify our decisions. But there is no need. Youve made the decision youve made for the reasons youve made it, and those reasons arent anyone elses business. Everyone will be okay.

Focus simply on the fact that youre giving notice, how much time youre giving, and how youll work to make it a smooth transition. Putting the focus on them and the business will help take the pressure off you. Once the Band-Aid is off, everyone will feel better!

Rebecca Vertucci, Vertucci Career Academy

5. Preserve the Relationship

One of the principles of theater improvisation that we use in our work is: Its never about the thing. Its always about the relationship.


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