how to quit (weird situation)

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2973 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@vorpalette:  Yay! Congrats!  🙂

So, maybe this isn’t much help but – could you inform the person you report to? Or whoever hired you? 

The last job I had was a big international company but I was hired by the manager of the NYC branch and dealt with him for the most part. I gave him my 2 weeks notice – I asked to speak with him privately and broke the news. There was no paperwork to fill out because (similar to your current job) HR did not exist at our branch. 

ETA: The place I described was informal too. 

Post # 4
181 posts
Blushing bee

Just google a resignation  template, fill it in appropiatley (Make sure to write the last day you will be working) then email one copy and turn a printed copy into your boss. Everywhere I worked has been informal, but I thinks its best to have it in writing.


Post # 5
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve always typed a well written letter thanking them for the experience i acquired while working with them blah blah (inter webs helps as pp said) then sign it. Make sure the date of your last day is in the letter so there’s no confusion there. Have your supervisors sign it and ask for a copy 🙂 

congrats on the new job! 

Post # 6
4576 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Congrats, girl! That’s awesome 🙂

I’d just be straight about it, in writing and verbally: “it’s been real, and I really appreciate the experience, but I’m THRILLED to inform you I’ve been offered a full-time position in my field.”

Post # 7
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Congratulations, sounds like the advice you’ve been given is pretty good. Just write a simple letter to your superviser thanking her for the opportunity and informing them when your last day will be.

Post # 8
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Congrats! A simple letter of resignation is all you need. Good luck at your new job!

Post # 9
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @vorpalette:  here is what I’ve always done in the past… no matter the job.

Write up a Letter of Resignation… this will serve as you giving official notice in writing of your plans to “terminate” your working contract with your Employer.

You can find good examples of how to write such a letter on line.

The key thing is to say in it how much you have enjoyed working there (even if it isn’t 100% true) as you never know when you’ll need that Company or that Boss for a Reference down the road later in life.

Next you make an apointment to see your Boss… You go into talk in person, and tell him or her your plans now are to move on.  Your reasons are technically “your own”.. but if you care to share “tastefully” you may do so.

“I’m sorry to leave, but the Mr & I are going to be moving out of State”


“I will be finishing up at the end of the month, and going back to school full time as I’ve been acepted into the XYZ Program at ABC College”


“I have accepted another job offer and will be leaving on XYZ Day”

You do not have to mention WHO “the competition” is who has scooped you up, that really isn’t relative.  But do be prepared with what you plan to answer should your employer ask…

And “I’d rather not say” is a perfectly acceptable answer BTW

After you tell your Boss, they’ll decide what you need to do next.  Some places will indeed hand you a form to fill out, others send you off to HR, others wish you well and send you back to your Job maybe with instructions on who to brief on what you’ve been doing over the days before you leave.  And still others may surprise you, and say…

“OK then… take the rest of the morning / afternoon to get your stuff together and you can leave now”… which usually means you’ll be paid for the full 2 weeks notice that you gave them out of courtesy as a heads-up, but they don’t want you in the office (worthwhile to confirm the bit about being paid for your notice period… and another good reason to always keep a copy of the Resignation Letter you gave them for yourself incase you ever have to file for Unemployment Benefits from the Gov’t)

This latter situation doesn’t happen all that often, but it can in some jobs, especially so if you are involved with sensitive / secretive materials.

In my 30+ career, I’ve had all of the above scenarios happen.  No big deal just how Buisness is conducted.

Hope this helps,


Post # 11
3596 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Congrats, speak in person to your Boss, and write up a letter say how much you enjoy working there even if you didn’t. It will be fine.


Post # 12
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@vorpalette:  Congrats! I had to quit my job last year because I was going to grad school (and moving out of state to do so). I was really nervous, but I just went to talk to my manager and told her. I was nervous because I know she considered me one of her best employees, and had told me she thought I would move up in the company. But when I said I was going back to school, she was thrilled for me!

I think you’re in a similar situation–it’s not like you’re peacing out to go to a competitor to be another part-time admin. You’re taking on a full-time marketing position. Hopefully your boss can be happy for you!

I did write a letter of resignation, but only after I talked to my manager. She asked me to put it in writing so they had something official for HR.

Post # 13
1372 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I was in a similarish situation when I left my last job. SUPER informal laid back retail situation, like.. So informal that when I showed up, I had to implement procedures like FIFO and training modules for new staff because it was MAYHEM. And it wasn’t ven my job to do those things, I was just an employee too but someone had to do it. it just gives you an idea of how NOT organized and formal things were there.

When I had to leave, it was for school so I printed out a letter so there was something on file (they’re not formal but I sure am!) I gave a copy to the bookkeeper (because she’s the only one who keeps anything in an organized fashion in that place..) and brought another copy to my boss. I just kind of set it down on the counter infront of him without making too big of deal that there was a “formal” letter involved, explained my situation and how sorry I was to leave and then held my breathe. Luckily, even though he was clearly not jumping up and down at the thought, he just wished me well, told me that I would do incredible in my ventures and told me I better do a lot of work in the next 2 weeks. 

I felt really bad leaving them.. You know when a place needs a person like you and it’s hard to leave people you’ve worked so closely with hanging! But you have to do what’s good for you and keep your fingers crossed that yor old job will be able to replace you 😉

Theres been a lot f advice like mine but I figured iI’d throw in my two cents because I totally get that it’s kind of awkward to bring a formal letter of resignation into your super informal workplace!!

Post # 14
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013


Second, I’ve always tyoed out and signed a short letter of resignation thanking them for my time working for their company, and why I’m quitting (short and sweet).

Post # 15
3833 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just resigned a few days ago, and our HR is outsourced.

I typed upd a resignation letter and spoke to my boss before giving her the letter. (I kept a copy for myself, as well.)


Post # 16
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@vorpalette:  just set up a meeting with your boss and tell them youll be leaving and when. You can have a resignation letter ready if they ask for it. Congrats on the new job!

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