How To Resign From Temp Job

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1581 posts
Bumble bee
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michelleh12 :  I’m quite honestly suprised at the loyalty you have to this company as a short term temp, and that’s a really positive quality to have.  But in this situation, it’s hurting you.

Don’t worry about the aquaintance, she’s irrelevant to your career decisions.  If she gets upset at you for leaving, either tell her you were offered something permanent (may be a white lie) or that it wasn’t a good fit.  If she’s still upset with you after that, it’s on her.

It’s a concern there is no contract and your invoices have not been paid.  I would honestly demand a meeting with the boss or payroll, and expect this to be ironed out by the end of the day.  You have no leg to stand on if you don’t have that paperwork.  Do you even know when they are expecting to pay you? 

Get your pay organised and in writing, then provide a weeks notice.  Say you don’t think it’s a good fit and leave it at that. Honestly you’re a temp, it’s going to put them out for a little bit but a month from then they won’t even remember. 


Post # 5
226 posts
Helper bee

I’m always a fan of typing up an official letter, and then asking to speak to the boss in private. You say something like “I just wanted to let you know I’m putting in my 2 (or 1 week) notice, here is a formal letter.

In the letter, is where you could put all the information you want to say. This way, you are able to say everything you need, without it being as anxiety-inducing. 

Not the most professional, but since this is only a temporary job that you were almost baited and switched on, and if you don’t mind possibly burning a bridge a little bit (and this company isn’t in anyway associated with places you are applying for), you could be even more nonconfrontational and send an email in. 

In the email, you could even say something like “I’m putting in my notice that I am leaving this company. I am unable to give 2 weeks notice, I can work remotely until such and such date, as I do not want to leave you in a lurch,  but can longer work in the office. ” Or something like that. 

At least, that is what I would do if it were a temporary job that I needed to quit the next day to be able to interview for other positions. 

I’ve never worked in an office environment though, so perhaps that is a terrible idea. 

Good luck on your interviews though! 🙂

Post # 6
5014 posts
Bee Keeper

That was a whole lot of unnecessary backstory and angst for “I took a temp job that is horrible and not described accurately.  I hate it and would rather be unemployed to focus on other opportunities.”  Everything else sounds like a whole lot of “not your problem.”

You quit the job just like you quit any other job.  Write a letter to your boss with 

“Dear Employer, 

I am resigning as *position* effective close of business *date*. Thank you for the opportunity to work at *Company* the past *time period*.


*Your name*

If they want to do an exit interview and question further, then you just say you were only hired on temporarily and you are now pursuing another opportunity in your chosen field.

Post # 7
5465 posts
Bee Keeper

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michelleh12 :  I once quit a job that didn’t meet the description (the pay was lower than my minimum too) after TWO DAYS. They glammed up the description and it was basically data entry. And they were super up in your face in training in a weird way. I said hi to a co worker (like hi nice to meet you etc) and was shut down for fear if getting in trouble for talking. All in 2 days. F that. 

In short I’d give notice and focus on the interviews you are getting. If you have to leave early one day for an interview so be it. 

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