Tips for quitting your job

No matter how many times you quit a job it never gets any easier. The benefit is that each time you leave, you learn what works for the situation and what doesn't. It's something you have to handle as delicately as possible as it can have an effect on the rest of your business life. You want to make sure you walk out of your current job with your head held high and coworkers left behind who know how amazing of an employee you really are. There are several things you can do before, during and after you quit to ensure that happens.

Think out your decision

It's important to take enough time to think about your decision rather than quit on impulse. There's been several times I was so frustrated with zero patience left that I wanted to quit right then and there, but in the long run, my best decision was to stick to my plan and quit at the right time.

Tell your boss first

Never tell a coworker that you're going to quit before you tell your boss, even if it's a person you trust. All it takes is one slip for you to look completely unprofessional that you told someone else in the office before you filled your boss in.

Have a new job lined up

One of the worst things you can do for yourself is leave your current job before you have another one lined up, especially considering today's economy. I know several people who couldn't get a job for years no matter how hard they tried. Even if you can't stand your current job anymore and you have to quit, find something temporary to hold you over until you find a new job you really want.

Don't make a grand exit

There are many who would love to flip a desk over, toss papers in the air and tell everyone in the office exactly what they think of them as they're walking out the door, but hold back your urges and consider your future. It won't be difficult for your boss to tear up your reference letter.

Clean out your workspace

Go through every area of your workspace and clean everything out that belongs to you. Make sure not to take anything that doesn't regardless of how small it is otherwise you could face some big problems.

Clean out your computer

Before you even quit your job, clean every personal piece of information out of your computer. Go through your bookmarks section, your browsing history and every single folder to make sure there's nothing on there that could come back to haunt you.

Get the terms of exit written down

When you quit, request a letter describing all the terms of your departure from how many sick days and vacation days you still have unused and how your employer is going to handle them to when your last paycheck will be. This can help ensure that both you and your boss are on the same page. Never just take your boss's word for it.

Whatever decisions you make involving quitting your job, think them through first to make sure they're best for you. It's tempting to make a run for it as quickly as possible, but you want to make sure you're leaving the past behind you and it won't follow you into your future in a negative way.

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