Post # 1
I’ve written a couple posts complaining about my job, and after a little searching, got an offer!
I’ll be making more money, get benefits, and work in a MUCH better environment.
I’m so excited, I just had to share!
Now– how do I quit my job? There’s only three of us, and I know it’s going to create a strain. I’ve never had to quit a professional job before, so any advice?
Post # 3
Go to your boss in person and in privat, and with a resignation letter in hand. The conversation should go something like this:
1) make sure it’s an ok time to talk. “Do you have a minute to talk?”
2) Spit it out. “I’ve accepted another position and would like to give you notice of my last day.”
3) Tell them what they need to know. “I can continue working until January X. I’ll be sure to finish up projects x, y, and z. If you need any help hirnig a replacement I’d be happy to assist in my last x weeks.”
4) Be grateful and gracious. “I want to thank you so much for the opportunities I’ve had while working here. Please let me know what i can do to make the transition as seamless as possible.”
Your resignation letter can say essentially the same thing. Always be sure to keep it classy. This is not a time to bitch about what you didnt’ like in your current workplace. Leave on a postive note and never burn your bridges.
Post # 4
@alaska_99705: Write a letter of resignation and submit it to your supervisor 2 weeks prior to your last day of work. You may request from your supervisor that it not be shared with your co-workers until the last possible moment to avoid any bad behavior on their part. Do write a letter though, it is the professional thing to do. Be sure to thank them for the time you spent there and show your appreciation for the opportunity to work there, even if it did suck.
Post # 5
Prepare a letter for your boss stating that you’re leaving and include your last date that you will be there. Ask to meet with your boss and give her the letter face-to-face. You don’t need to tell your boss where you’re going but if he/she asks why you’re leaving be honest but don’t be critical. If you’re asked to work a longer notice you might want to check with your new company to see if you can. Never burn a bridge.
Post # 6
I wrote out a script and practiced that basically went something like, “Thank you for the opportunities you’ve given me but it’s time for me to move on. I’ve accepted a position at another company,” and handed him a resignation letter.
It’s a good idea to give them a two week notice so you don’t burn any bridges. The company I recently resigned from only had four total employees including the President/Owner. Do not feel bad and keep it things short and sweet. Do not feel the need to explain yourself too.
Here is a copy of my resignation letter – I basically googled resignation letters and picked and chose what worked for me:
My NameMy AddressMy Phone Number
Company NameCompany Address
Dear Person you are handing your resignation letter to,
Please accept this letter of resignation from my position as XXX from XXX. The last day of my employment will be XXX.
Thank you for the opportunities for professional development that you have provided me during the last three years. I appreciate the support that has been provided for me during my tenure with your company.
I wish you and your company the best.
Oh yeah, and congrats on the new job!
Post # 7
Do you have any advice on how not to feel bad about leaving? I know that it’s going to come as a surprise to my employer, and is not going to leave them in a good position.
Post # 8
Just think about all the positive and exciting things that are coming your way. Remember, you deserve your nice, new job with better pay and benefits. Occasionally, you’ll think to yourself, “This (old job) isn’t so bad,” STOP! Remember why you we’re looking for a new job in the first place.
My situation was pretty toxic though, but I still had sad feelings about it. It is a bittersweet time but remember, good things are coming your way and change is good! Good luck!
Post # 9
as far as not feeling guilty… Just remember its business and everyone is replaceable. Congrats!
Post # 10
@alaska_99705: I just quit my job this morning, for a new and better job. I had the same feelings you were experiencing. I just wanted to let you know you aren’t alone 🙂
Post # 11
Well I did it this morning!
My boss told me “she knew it was coming.”
But I’m glad I got it over with.
Post # 12
It’s so funny. When I quit my last job to move with SO (he got a GREAT post graduation career. Paid double what I was making and I hated my old job) I was weirdly paranoid about quitting. I didn’t want to seem mean. But you realize after the fact that you’re the only one who cares. 😛
Post # 13
Looks like a lot of good advice you got already, so I will just say Congratulations & I’m so happy for you!
Post # 14
Pinning this post because I am in the same position and I need to know what to say! I just got offered a job yesterday and start February 1st, but I won’t be able to tell my boss until next week because she’s out of the office. I am TERRIFIED of her reaction… she will probably make my last two and a half weeks here a living Hell, but oh well. It has to be done!
Post # 15
That’s the same reaction mine had! I hope your last days are great! Good luck with your new job.