How to Resign from a Job You Despise
What to Do Before Quitting
Spend some time thinking about what you detest about your employment before you decide to resign. Perhaps you can come up with a solution instead of resigning.
For example, if you work in a noisy environment that makes it difficult to concentrate, ask your boss if you can telecommute once or twice a week or relocate to a quieter location. Also, if you are tired of the lengthy commute, telecommuting may be the solution.
Perhaps you enjoy your boss, your job, and your income, but you have an obnoxious colleague who makes you unhappy. Working with one bad apple does not justify leaving a job you enjoy. There may be ways to limit your contact with this coworker. Your boss or the Human Resources department may be able to assist you.
If you resign, you may be out of employment for an extended period of time until you are employed again. Before opting to quit a job, consider all of your possibilities.
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Make a plan to leave ahead of time.
If feasible, try to remain for at least a few weeks before quitting. Use this time to go back into the workforce. Here's how it's done:
- Make changes to your résumé and LinkedIn profile.
- Begin your job hunt.
- Begin by requesting references from previous superiors and coworkers.
- Save work samples to aid in the development of your portfolio.
- Begin making financial preparations for becoming jobless. Meet with a financial planner to gain a sense of your finances and create a monthly budget, ideally with a six-month buffer.
- Remember that since you quit your job freely, you may not be entitled for unemployment benefits.
- Learn more about things to do before quitting your job.
How to Inform Your BossHow to Inform Your Boss
When you plan to quit your employment, you must notify your boss. Your objective is to depart on good terms, since you may require a reference for both external and internal roles that become available in the future.
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Advice on how to inform your supervisor that you are leaving:
- If feasible, provide two weeks' notice. When you intend to leave your job, it is customary to give your manager at least two weeks' notice. Different restrictions may apply under a firm contract or a union agreement, so review them to ensure you depart lawfully. You may also inquire with human resources (HR) about the right way to leave. However, if you are being harassed, feel unsafe at work, or are generally so unhappy that you cannot endure two weeks, you may consider quitting without providing two weeks' notice.
- Inform your manager in person. It is preferable to inform your manager in person if feasible. It may be nerve-racking, but it is the proper and professional thing to do.
- Maintain a cheerful or neutral tone. It is unnecessary to go into depth about what you dislike about your employment. Keep in mind that throughout your job hunt, this company may be required to give you references or at least verify your work history. As a result, you want to depart on a high note.
- Keep it short. One technique to keep the discussion nice is to keep your reason for leaving vague and short. You might simply state that you are leaving for "personal reasons" or for another reason. You don't want to lie since a recruiting manager may ask the company to verify your reason for leaving, so keep it ambiguous.
- Make an offer to assist with the changeover. Another option to leave on a high note is to volunteer to assist with the transition phase before you go. You may provide something specific. For example, you could state that you are willing to train a new employee or assist in any way necessary to mitigate the impact of your departure from the company.
- Make a letter of resignation. Even if you informed your manager in person, you must follow up with a formal resignation letter. Send a copy to your company and another to the human resources department. Keep the letter, like your in-person resignation, positive or neutral. Do not go into depth about why you dislike your work.
- Bid farewell to colleagues. Consider sending farewell emails or letters to former coworkers. Send personalized goodbyes to each person if feasible. If you're leaving because of a tough colleague, you may either give them a basic, neutral farewell note or don't send one at all. Remember that employers may do background checks on former coworkers, so make sure you leave on a favorable note.