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How to Quit your Job on Good Terms

When we’ve found a new job, one that’s better than our old job, many of us want to have that movie moment where we scream, “I quit!” and burst out of the office with a box in hand ready to never step foot in that place again. Unfortunately, this isn’t realistic and leaving a job on good terms will actually help you in the long run. Leaving a job on good terms makes for having a good reference and a possible back-up job in case things at your new job go sour. Take a look at these tips so that you can leave your job on good terms.

Know the Proper Protocol for Quitting
Every job is different, so refer to your employee handbook and contract to know the specifics on how to properly resign from your job. Learn where the company stands on the return of property, severance, unused vacation days and references.

Write a Kind Letter
Your resignation letter shouldn’t be your tell-all experience at the company, and if you want to leave on good terms, it shouldn’t be bashing the company either. Keep it kind and sincere. In order to leave on a high note, emphasize how much you’ve learned and what a good experience it’s been.

Meet Formally with your Boss

Turn in this letter when you meet formally with your boss to discuss your resignation. It’s professional to meet face-to-face with your boss instead of simply leaving the letter at his or her desk or sending an email. When you meet, be as direct as possible and ask for ways in which you can make the transition easier for them. Also, give two to four weeks notice to show how considerate you are of the company.

Work Hard Until the Very End
Don’t start slacking off when you’re almost at the finish line. Finish this job with a bang by finishing any long-term projects you had. Showing your commitment to the company until the end will ensure you leave with a chance at a good recommendation for future jobs. It’s important that you remain in touch with your coworkers as well because they may soon become managers and they’re excellent resources for networking.

Be Positive at the Exit interview
You may see the exit interview as the perfect chance to vent about all your frustrations with the job, because it’s not like you’re going to work there anymore, right? Well, it’s not worth it and it won’t leave you on good terms. Offer positive advice and opinions to your former boss and express what a good learning experience it’s been. Be appreciative and positive and you’ll leave the exit interview on a good note.

Address Final Housekeeping
It’s your last day and you’re ready to pack up and leave. Don’t take anything that belonged to the company such as staplers, tape and folders. Only take what is yours. Make sure to delete all your internet history. If you think coworkers could benefit from certain papers you’ve kept as reference for projects and tasks, give them to them.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal

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Hanna Guerrero

Hannah is an intern writer here at Spark Hire. She is from the northern suburbs in Chicago and is currently studying journalism at DePaul University. She has always had a passion for writing which is why Journalism has proven to be the perfect career for her. She has written for the DePaulia Online on various topics such as fashion, music, movies and television. She loves living in Chicago because it offers exciting events to write stories on. In her free time she enjoys going to music concerts, watching movies with friends, cooking vegetarian food and walking her adorable Cocker Spaniel Coco.

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