How to Leave the Job: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Leave the Job: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Leave the Job: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

Who hasn't dreamed of that classic movie scene where the character walks up to the boss, looks him in the face and says "I quit"? As cool and inspiring as this feeling of catharsis is, the way you leave your job will affect your reputation and may even damage your working life in the future. Fear not, however. Below, we'll teach you some ways to successfully resign and make a good impression on the company you're leaving. Come on?


Part 1 of 7: What does it mean to resign?

Quit a Job Step 1

Step 1. Dismissal is a formal notification of leaving the job

Are you unmotivated or unhappy with the job or the company in general? Did you decide to quit your job because you found something better? It may even be tempting to just never show up at the company again without telling anyone, but that's not a good idea. It's important to tell your superiors that you're leaving to make a good impression and help them hire someone to replace you.

Part 2 of 7: How to resign professionally?

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Step 1. Communicate with your boss personally

Do not discuss your decision with co-workers or clients as this makes a bad impression. Once you've made a decision, set up a chat with your superiors and talk directly to them in private.

  • Schedule a meeting according to your boss's schedule, or simply walk up to him and ask if he has a little time to talk.
  • Be firm but polite. For example: "I wanted to tell you about my plans to fire me."
  • If you need to better explain your departure or detail the progress of certain projects you are working on, the ideal is to write a letter of resignation.

Step 2. Remember the advance notice

No matter how much you hate your job and want to quit, the ideal is to give at least one month's notice; obviously, this period can be negotiated with your boss, depending on the situations. The important thing is to have everything agreed between the two parties so that you don't get "burned" in the job market.

Part 3 of 7: What to say when quitting?

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Step 1. Try to see the positive side of things to leave a good impression behind

What are the things you like about your job? Learned anything interesting? When explaining the reason for your resignation, try to think about the positive aspects of the job. No gossip or complaining about other people or work.

For example: "I really enjoyed working here, but this new opportunity I received will be great for the career I plan to pursue."

Step 2. Rehearse well what you are going to say and think about how to say it

Take a moment to think about exactly which words to use; if you like, write a script for the conversation and rehearse in front of a mirror so you can speak confidently.

  • Repeat the words in front of a mirror so you can see yourself as you speak them.
  • If you want, ask a friend to help you rehearse with them and get some feedback on how to improve.

Part 4 of 7: What to do after a layoff?

Quit a Job Step 6

Step 1. Avoid bad-mouthing your job after reporting your departure at all costs

Just as it's not a good idea to discuss your plans with your coworkers before notifying your boss, don't talk bad about work after you've announced your resignation. Don't talk about how you "can't wait to get out" or how much you hate certain things about the company. The ideal is to end everything in a positive way.

Try to stay in touch with your co-workers, as having a network of professional contacts can help you get another job in the future

Step 2. Continue working normally until the last day of your notice

You shouldn't make it easy just to be on your way out. Close your time at the company firmly, closing as many projects as you can and leaving the house in order so that the person who will enter your place can proceed without major stumbling blocks. Make a great impression with everyone present.

A good idea is to organize a folder or binder with updates to your projects so that the person covering your position knows exactly where things stand and can get the job done

Part 5 of 7: How do I leave my job now?

Quit a Job Step 8

Step 1. Inform your boss that you are leaving on time

As much as labor law requires a month's notice, if you don't feel secure in your job or are extremely unhappy, you can leave immediately - but be aware that you will, of course, incur some penalties and fines. The process doesn't have to be too complicated, just say you need to talk to your boss and let him know you won't be back the next day. Be firm and don't try to raise any controversy. Your superior is unlikely to be happy, but it may be possible to agree not to pay any fines to exempt you from notice.

Cut to the chase: "I'm sorry, but I can't work here anymore. Today is my last day."

Part 6 of 7: Is it bad to leave your job without notice?

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Step 1. Yes, this can create a bad reputation for you

The ideal is always to make an agreement with the company to comply with at least one month's notice, as this is the deadline that the company must meet if it chooses to fire you. However, if you need to leave immediately, tell your boss that - just don't leave without even mentioning that you're quitting, obviously. However, do this with the knowledge that this will make a bad impression and that your reputation could end up harming your chances of getting new jobs in the future if you contact your former employer.

Part 7 of 7: How do I quit my job during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Quit a Job Step 10

Step 1. Write a resignation email that explains the reasons behind your departure

If you can't meet your boss in person because of the coronavirus pandemic, you can still let him know that you are resigning professionally. Write a formal letter and email it, explaining your reasons, giving your contact information, and updating any projects you're working on. Give at least two weeks notice, thank you for the job opportunity, and that's it.

  • If the pandemic is part of your reason for quitting, make that clear in your letter. For example, write something like "I'm concerned about my exposure to the virus" or "The pandemic has made my work at the company very difficult."
  • A resignation letter is much more professional and appropriate than a phone call.


Show superiority and don't talk bad about your job or gossip about your colleagues after you resign


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