How to quit your job professionally

We’ve recently written a blog about how to tell if it’s time to quite your job, if you find yourself in a position where your situation has changed and therefore you’re ready to leave your current role how do you go about handing your notice in? Here are some tips on how to quit your job professionally.

  1. First and foremost you need to speak to your manager in person, don’t tell your colleagues about your plan before the boss.

The last thing you want is for your colleagues to spread the word and your manager to find out last, it would be incredibly impolite for them to find out through the grapevine…

  1. Put it in writing.

After you have had the potentially nerve wrecking meeting with your manager about your plan to leave the business, follow up in an email. Keep it short and sweet and include the date, how long your notice period is, the reason you are leaving (optional) and your appreciation for the role.

  1. Train & develop your replacement.

No one knows the job better than yourself, who has been physically doing it on a day to day basis, so help the company take less of a hit when you leave by training your replacement; it’s a great reflection on yourself as an employee to train someone to a high standard.

  1. Ask for a letter of recommendation or permission for future employers to contact your manager for a reference.

As you move on and years pass new employers want references but they’re sometimes harder to get if your manager has also moved on. Getting a letter of recommendation, on headed paper, signed would be a great time saver and help in future opportunities.

  1. Write a goodbye email or letter to your colleagues.

Just another polite way to end your employment relationship with them and ending on good terms is never a bad thing.

  1. Don’t talk negatively about your manager, team, or the company.

Why leave your role on a high if you feel you haven’t had a good experience within your company?

They may have to provide a reference for you; you want this to be as good as possible.

Don’t burn your bridges; you never know who you may cross paths with in the future and the more professional you are the more doors you could open.

It’s a big deal leaving a role and company and if you are in this situation I hope the tips have helped and wish you the best of luck.

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