How to Properly Quit a Job You Don’t Like

Not all jobs are created equal. Some can be viewed as stepping stones to something bigger and better; others a temporary fix to help tide you over; and others, well, we all have to eat, right? Regardless of what type of job you have and whether you love it or hate it, we are willing to bet that at least some point in your working career the time came to part ways and quit your job. But did you know that there is a right way to quit your job?


While some jobs can leave us thinking of elaborate and satisfying ways to make a grand exit you’re an adult and professionalism is an essential skill to learn. So, while we wouldn’t encourage to stay in a job you hated, we would like to suggest making a graceful exit when the time comes.


Which begs the question, how do you properly quit a job you don’t like?



  1. Think it Over

Quitting one’s job is not something to be taken lightly, especially if you don’t have anything lined up to replace it. So before you make the big leap, it is always best to first try to think of a way you could make it work.


  1. Give Two Weeks’ Notice

Typically, your employment contract or your company handbook will have a section that specifies how much notice needs to be given; however, in the event it doesn’t, two weeks is pretty much the standard across the board. This is done is for the sake of your employer, for while you may be ready to walk out the front door, they still need time to process your departure, find a replacement and make sure the transition is as smooth as possible. The goal is to not burn any bridges because you never know when a past employer can play a role in your current life.


  1. Tell Your Boss First

Most people have work friends they grow to be quite close with and it is only natural to share things with these individuals. However, most people can attest to the fact that workplaces are notorious for gossip, so make sure your boss learns you are planning on quitting from you and not from someone else.


  1. Whenever Possible, Do Everything in Person

It is always best to resign in person, rather than over the phone or via email, assuming the circumstance allows for it. You should also be prepared to talk about the reasons you are leaving with your employer, regardless of how uncomfortable they may make you. If it is of serious nature, you may want to speak with legal representation first.


  1. Check Your Entitlements

These can often be tough questions to ask, but upon leaving you to want to be clear as to what you are owed. Benefits, salary and vacation pay are just a few of things you want to be clear on as you don’t want to make an exit without receiving everything you are rightfully owed.


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