How Do You Quit Your Job?


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Quitting a job should be done professionally if you want to get a good reference for the next job. Professional jobs typically expect a resignation letter in advance of your resignation to allow time to fill the position. Before quitting a job, barring extreme circumstances, it's wise to have a new job lined up or at least have savings set aside.

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  1. Inform your manager or human resources department

    Your manager works with you the most, so he should be the first to get the message that you're planning to leave the present job. Remain positive and professional even if you are frustrated about the job to the point of quitting.

  2. Draft a resignation letter

    The resignation letter should explain the choice you've made to leave the company, as well as future plans such as a new job. Be as concrete as possible about your start date. On that note, allow enough leeway to work a notice and aid the company with the transition and training a new employee. The typical period is two weeks, but it can be longer if you wish.

  3. Gather contact information

    Speak to managers, co-workers and subordinates about being possible work references for your future job.

  4. Conduct the exit interview if one is offered

    The exit interview is an opportunity to make a final good impression. If troubling aspects of the company or job caused you to resign, phrase them positively as things that could be improved. Provide specific suggestions for improvement. Also, thank your manager and HR department for their time and effort throughout your employment.

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