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Ready to Move On? Quit Your Job Tactfully

April 13th, 2010

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It is part of a human being's natural drive and ambition to continually aim for bigger and better opportunities, and nowhere is this more demonstrated than in the work place. No matter your age or experience, chances are that at some point in your professional life, you will find yourself in need of a change of scenery. This is where it becomes important to quit your current job without ruining all of the carefully cultivated relationships you've established over the time you have been there.

One of the worst ways to quit your current job is to simply stop showing up. Not only are you inconveniencing your employer, but you are also inconveniencing your coworkers, some of whom will have to scramble to do the work that you were supposed to complete. Quitting in this manner is also reflective of someone who is unprofessional and even somewhat of a coward, qualities that can be brought up by your boss if a new prospective employer calls to ask about your previous performance. Storming out after a huge argument is another bad way to quit your job. Instead of doing these things, which reflect poorly on your character and can therefore prevent you from obtaining future work, think about how you would like for an employee to quit if you were in your employer's shoes.

Give your employer at least two weeks of advance notice of your departure. Some companies have human resources departments that can help you with this procedure, but typically, all you need to do is to send a formal letter to your boss stating your intentions to leave. Offer to discuss the terms of your departure and also offer to complete any tasks that will make the transition easier. If your boss reacts in an unpleasant manner to your announcement, do not take it too personally and remain calm and respectful. After all, you will not have to tolerate your boss for much longer, so it is better to not jeopardize your future employment because of him or her.

Whether you are quitting your current job because you got a better job offer elsewhere, need to commit your time to other projects, or simply because you loathed your boss, it is important that you do so with dignity. It does not matter if you did not get along with your employer. Quitting in a rude and abrupt manner will only undermine all of the hard work you put in while you were employed. In addition, if another prospective employer contacts your old boss for his or her thoughts about your performance, your ex-boss will not likely give you a favorable evaluation. This can greatly affect your chances of getting hired elsewhere because no employer wants to hire someone with a record of ill behavior.

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