how to quit your job

How to quit your job if you’ve never done it before

Christina Omlor

Have you been thinking about quitting your job for a while but not sure how to go about it? Don’t worry, whatever your reasons for quitting, there are a few things you need to do to ensure that you leave in the best possible way, for you, and for your employer. Take a look at our tips and get ready to hand in your resignation!

How to quit your job

1. Don’t tell your colleagues before you tell your manager.

Once you decide to quit, it can be really tempting to tell your best friends in the office. But, before you spill the beans at the water cooler or on your lunch break it’s important to think about your manager. If there’s one thing managers don’t appreciate it’s getting information through the grapevine about someone on their team wanting to quit. It can make them feel surprised, disrespected or upset, and it won’t help you when it comes to negotiating the terms on which you leave the company. Instead, write an email or note to your manager to ask them for a quick meeting and tell them about your plans, before you tell everyone else. 

2. Hand in your resignation in person.

Whatever the circumstances surrounding your resignation, it’s really important to hand your resignation letter to your manager or HR manager in person. Just leaving it on their desk, or even worse, just sending them an email won’t cut it. Handing your resignation to your manager in person is the most respectful way to leave your job on the best of terms. 

3. Give at least two weeks notice.

You may not know this, but two weeks notice is the absolute minimum amount of time that you can give your employer before you leave. If you can, offer them slightly longer i.e. 3-4 weeks as this will give your employer more time to fill your position which means that they will feel better about you leaving. Otherwise, you should also take a look at your work contract to make sure that you give them the amount of time stated so you stick to company policy, or think about those employees who quit recently and how long they stayed after they resigned. 

4. Write a two weeks’ notice letter.

The two weeks’ notice letter is a formality but sending this in to both your manager and HR manager clarifies the fact that you’re leaving the company and tells everyone when your official last day will be. It’s also the only way to show that you ended your time at the company and not the other way round. Keep your letter short and to the point. In fact all you need to do is 1) state that you’re resigning, 2) state the day that you officially resigned, 3) let them know that you’ve offered to train your replacement, 4) state when your last day will be and 5) express how much you’ve appreciated the opportunity to work here. 

5. End on a high note

Whilst you might not feel like it, you should try your best to keep up your motivation and productivity right up until the end of your notice period. It will work in your favor, we promise, as your colleagues and managers will think highly of you and recommend you for jobs in the future. Take the opportunity to finish any projects that you’ve started, or tie up any loose ends too, as this will make you feel better, and make you come across as a committed and engaged employee. 

6. Train your replacement or write a handover

If someone gets hired to replace you while you’re still at the company, take the time to train them and ensure that they can do your job effectively. Not only will this help your team to keep up the productivity levels it’s also a good way to show your employer that you’ve appreciated the opportunity that they’ve given you, and give something back. If a replacement isn’t found before you leave, then you can also write a handover document that splits your tasks between your teammates until a replacement is found. If you decide to do this, then make sure you sit down with everyone who you’ve nominated to take on your tasks and show them the ropes as this will make them feel more confident and happy about taking your work on. 

7. Write a goodbye email or have a goodbye party with your teammates

Undoubtedly the people you’ll miss the most once you’ve left the company will be your teammates. Chances are, you’ve been through a lot together and since you’ve seen each other and worked together every day, you’re probably pretty close now. Make sure that they know how much you appreciate them by writing them a heartfelt email to say how much you’ve enjoyed working with them, or even better, organize a leaving party with them, so you can tell them in person. 

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If you’re leaving on difficult terms, it can be tempting to blast your manager, team, HR or the company on a whole. But we’re here to tell you that it’s not worth it! Lashing out will only cause more tension and upset, so it’s better to be the bigger person and make it as comfortable as possible. Another pro-tip from us is to make sure you don’t bad-mouth your employer in any future job interviews. It’s a small world, so anything you do say could very easily make its way back to your former employer and it could make you out to be an untrustworthy/disloyal employee in the eyes of your potential employer. Just don’t go there! 


To make quitting easy:
Here is a free PDF download with a checklist on how to quit your job. 



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