Quitting your Job

by Ngozi Okonye

At one stage or another in your career, you will have to quit a job. There are many valid reasons for quitting.  It may be because they have gotten a better opportunity, want to start a business, or want to discover themselves better or because the workplace is toxic. Whatever your reason is, it is essential to quit a job the right way.

Here are 6 steps to guide you through the process

Consider your decision carefully and determine if it’s the right time:

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Give yourself some time to carefully consider when, how, and why you want to quit your job, so you can make the best decision and leave your current role the most appropriate way.

While you’re in this consideration phase, list the pros and cons of leaving your current job. Ensure you see things from an objective point of view even if you feel frustrated by your current role. If you’re quitting because of a strong feeling of overwhelm or unfulfillment, consider discussing with your direct supervisor to identify if or how they can help solve this problem.

Suppose you’re in an active search for better opportunities. In that case, it may be wiser to wait before quitting until you have been entirely accepted in a new job role at a new company.

Once you’re sure that resigning is the best decision, ensure you keep the decision and conversations around it professional and polite.

Employers are aware that their employees would want to pursue new opportunities at some point in their careers. By acting most professionally, you can maintain a healthy relationship and remain on good terms, leading to opportunities in the future.

Give a Two-Week’s notice at least 

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While it may vary from company to company (depending on what you signed in your employment contract), the standard way of quitting could be determined by the length of time to inform your employee of your decision to leave a company is Two weeks. Ensure that you honor the rules surrounding the length of notice.

Write a resignation Letter 


Write a brief letter of resignation. Be sure the letter includes the following

· A clear statement that you are resigning

·The effective date of your resignation

·Your reason for leaving (optional)

· A short note of gratitude (Optional)

·  Signature

Give your company feedback on why you’re leaving

While it is not required or compulsory to state why you’re leaving the company, your supervisor, HR, and company leadership will find it very helpful to understand your reasons. This will help provide closure and give the company feedback on what it’s like working as a company’s staff.

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The most professional way to give this feedback is by having a conversation with the company’s HR manager. Some companies’ HR representatives can schedule and host an exit interview so they can receive feedback on the companies culture, policies, and benefits, ask about why the decision to leave was made, and ask about your experience working in the company.

Be sure to prepare what you’ll say in this meeting beforehand so that your feedback can be constructive. Keep the goal to maintain a positive professional relationship with your past employers in mind. During the meeting, you should be professional yet honest.

If there is no exit interview, you can consider reaching out to a team member to discuss your reason for leaving and whatever feedback you have.

Wrap-up and Transition

quitting a job is never easy
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You’re likely to have two weeks or more before quitting your job role after you’ve informed your employer of your resignation. During this period, complete all pending tasks and projects and discuss them with your supervisor. Work with him/her to determine who would complete the projects that you can’t complete within your two-week (or more) notice period.

Submit a document of all crucial information like your day-to-day efforts, how to use various software or pieces of equipment, and where essential files have been saved. All these are to ensure a smooth transition experience for the person taking over from you.

Share your gratitude for the opportunity to work in the company

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Take some time out to thank the leaders and co-workers you’ve worked with closely. This is the proper thing to do, and it can significantly help you grow your network.

Everybody at some point in their lifetime has to leave their jobs; by taking all the steps above, you can ensure a smooth transition and a warm departure.

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