Saying the words, “I Quit!” can be quite cathartic. You may have envisioned yourself screaming it from the elevator as you pressed the down button, or with a clever YouTube video. But, for your own sake, minimize the drama and keep it professional.
If at all possible, you want to have your next move already in the works before resignation day. That may be certifications, applications, savings, a business license, etc. Quitting is a very stressful form of relief, and knowing your next move will ease the tension.
You should have a good reason for quitting that goes beyond interpersonal issues. Imagine answering that question at your next job interview, and make sure your real reason for leaving is understandable…if not admirable. You should explain why you are leaving because, if their answer differs from yours down the road, it won’t look good.
Whether you are a cashier or the Head of Nursing, it’s important that you plan your resignation, present a letter and offer assistance with the transition. Even if storming out after the “last straw” would be oh so fulfilling, try to think long-term, not just, “Take that!” If it doesn’t go as smoothly as planned, be sure to back yourself up with an official letter of resignation that is short and polite.
You will want to design your departure in a way to leaves a positive imprint on your supervisor and coworkers. You have likely spent countless hours with these people, and they know your work better than anyone. Talk to them in advance of your last day and ask if they would be willing to give you a positive reference. In many cases, those references could make or break your next job opportunity. You want to be the ideal employee right up to the last minute you are employed.
The resignation process isn’t over the day you leave the office. The company will be left picking up the pieces for a while. Be sure that they are not picking up after you as well. Take anything of personal value, and leave your workspace in order. Nothing creates a bad vibe or reference like leaving a mess behind!
After you leave the office for the final time, it is in your best interest to keep quiet about the company. Loose lips can say more about you than the subject matter.
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