Feb 20, 2019 - 04:47 PM
The way to quit your job is to be professional and show class. At the very least you should:
- Give adequate notice.
- Notify your immediate supervisor in person before announcing it to anyone else.
- Do what you can to ease the transition and prepare the job for your replacement.
If you are leaving an abusive, unsafe or legally/ethically compromised situation, it is best to remove yourself from the danger zone as quickly yet as professionally as possible. The ideal situation is to separate on friendly (or at least neutral) terms, if possible. You want to have a status of "rehirable" by the organization, even if you plan to move onto something completely different.
In most cases you will need to write a resignation letter, and deliver it to HR in order for it to be official. Be very professional in announcing your departure to your colleagues. A farewell email to your department or even the entire company (if the company is small) is usually okay, but ask your supervisor beforehand. Include your LinkedIn URL in your farewell email and invite your colleagues to connect.
Take time on your last day to say goodbye in person to your colleagues. If you are leaving a bad situation, still keep it classy -- be remembered as the bigger person. One final thing: Check out LiveCareer's selection of resignation letter samples should you need ideas on how to write yours. And check out an article on how to resign from a job with dignity, grace and professionalism if you are feeling a little afraid of taking the step.