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Quitting The Right Way

Just because you are quitting your job, that doesn't mean that you can say and do whatever you want. Your history is a part of your present and your future. You need to maintain a good relationship with your past employers and colleagues even if you had conflicts with them. Future employers may contact previous ones to ask about you. You are not in need of bad reputation. Below are tips on the things that you should/shouldn't do while you are quitting your job. Many of the pointers below require a great deal of self control and calmness. If you think you are doing a fantastic job and your efforts are not being appreciated, then just not being there will be enough to prove your point.

1) Don't resign in a moment of anger:
No decision in life should be taken in hast, under stress or in a strong emotional state and quitting is no exception. Weight your options carefully and rationally.

2) Don't change your mind easily:
If you are that good you may be offered incentives to stay. Don't accept anything offered and not instantly. Tell your boss that you need time to think even if the incentives are too good. This is negotiation mechanism and will strengthen your position in the company should you choose to stay.

3) Make it official:
Make sure to write an official resignation letter, an email or preferably both. The important thing is that your resignation should be documented and dated. Some managers take employees for granted and will ignore verbal resignations or think that it is a joke.

4) Make it verbal:
Make sure to submit you resignation verbally as well. You are quitting the company but someone has to accept it. Even if you are at a dispute with your superiors, you need to have enough courage and confidence to confront them and say it with a smiling face:"I resign".

5) Date it:
Put a date on your resignation letter. This will mark the number of remaining working days and serves as a notice period. There are countless incidents where the employee and company had arguments on when is the last working day due to this tiny mistake.

6) Don't give preaches:
It is not time for lectures: don't give your bosses or colleagues speeches on how things should be done. If you have an improvement idea then you should have said it while you are in position but not after. If you are quitting because you don't approve on how things go around you can mention it in your resignation letter but not after your resignation has been accepted. Resist the temptation to do so at any cost.

7) You don't have to be honest:
Feel free to keep the true reasons for yourself. You are not obliged the reveal the reasons for your resignation but don't lie! Being discreet is not the same as lying. Lying is saying something wrong while discreet is the right to remain silent. Having said that, it is recommended to be open your boss and say it frankly.

8) Hide your joy:
Don't tell the whole world before you tell it to your superiors. It is just inappropriate and unprofessional. Hide your joy until you get acknowledgment from your boss.

9) Stay professional:
You are not on a vacation yet: many people consider the last days in their job as a holiday. They start arriving late, leave early and barely do anything useful. In their minds they are thinking:"What can they possibly do? Fire me? I've already resigned!" Such behaviour is neither professional nor ethical (in case you like to label yourself either way), so don't do it. Put yourself in your bosses' shoes. Would like people to do that to you?

10) Clean handover:
Make sure to handover your job to your replacement as complete as possible.

Check out these professional resignation letter templates for ideas.

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