I am about to resign from a job – yikes!
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Resigning from a job is never an easy thing to do, but sometimes we must move forward to a higher paying salary or a better work environment. It is all right to sway away from your comfort zone, but there are specific methods you should and shouldn’t exercise when resigning.
Of course, you don’t want to burn your bridges, because you never know –
Number one thing to remember before we began discussing what to do and what not to do is:
Never quit based on emotions
I had met a few employees who quit right on the spot and burned all bridges. In their defense, their employers weren’t all that nice, but you never want to leave on a negative note – ever. Even if the employer is a two face d- you know what I mean.
Leaving on a positive note rather than a negative one will give you a better chance of getting a good employment reference even from an atrocious employer. You don’t want your previous employer to say “Yeah he quit and threw a piece of paper in my eye.”
Now, let’s get onto the Do’s and Don’ts of job quitting.
Give a two weeks notice – the standard practice – write a polite resignation letter and thank the employer for the opportunity they had given you. The company will appreciate your words even if you had moved on. There are exceptions with every rule – endangerment or sexual harassment, but let’s hope you don’t fall into any of these situations.
Clean Up Your Computer or other technological devices – Even if you give notice, your employer may decide that you are done at that moment – which isn’t a particularly regular practice but it is better to be safe than sorry. Clean up everything and ensure there aren’t any personal information that is well – personal.
Get the Details – You want to know your employee benefits or salary when you leave so talk with your boss or HR department.
Offer to Help – If it’s feasible, offer to help during the transition and afterward, even if you’re rejected. They will grant you some positivity, where it is indicated that you’re a good employee.
Ask for a Reference – The worst they can say is “I’m sorry, but n-” If they agree, ask them to write you as being available via email or phone.
Say Goodbye – Before you leave, take the time to send a farewell message to co-workers and to let them know a little bit about what your about to do next. Sending an email farewell message is appropriate.
Be Negative – Vent out your emotions verbally or through writing because they may keep it in your employment file for years. You don’t want that on your record – especially when there is a chance you may return.
Brag About Your New Job – Even if you just got the best job in the world, don’t brag about it. It will come back to haunt you – undoubtedly.
Put Emotions in Writing – You hate that d-head, so much you want to shove his face down the toilet – but don’t ever allow a single soul to know your true emotions even if your co-workers are feeling the same way. Just quit and move on. Zip that lip and throw away the key.
There you go, the DO’s and DONT’s when quitting a job – easy right?
I understand it is scary to quit a job – mainly if it’s your first one, but sometimes we got to move on. They will understand – after all, they were in your position once. Good luck in your working life!