Our early years are spent preparing to join the workforce, and even though some of our parents may have thrived in the same job for more than 25 years, things have changed. Whether you're looking to try new job positions, or are craving upper mobility, it's inevitable that at one point in your career you're going to have to give the dreaded two weeks' notice. Have no fear. Though the process of quitting your job may seem scary, it's just business, and you can make the process smoother than you think.
Before You Quit
Whether you're quitting your job because you were offered a higher salary at another company, want to increase your skill set, or you just need a change, there are a couple of things you have to do before you submit your notice. You might be leaving for greener pastures, but you can't just up and quit your current position. Before you send your notice, you need to inform your boss. Do this in person. You may be nervous, but approaching your boss face to face with your decision will garner more respect.
Blindsiding your company could leave a negative impression, and if you worked so hard on the day-to-day, you don't want to spoil that. Be as positive as possible when discussing your exit. You don't need to give an elaborate reason, or even divulge where you're headed next, but don't burn your bridge just because you've already crossed it.
Your Exit Plan
You may want to slack off in your last two weeks, but you can't just drop everything. Before you submit your two weeks' notice, make an appointment with your boss to discuss an exit plan. If you're working on a specific project, you need to explain to your boss that it will be completed before you leave, or give explicit instructions on how the task should be finished. You want to leave a good impression, so by creating a transition plan, this will make you look professional. If you are leaving work behind, prepare emails to send out to your coworkers about the status of the projects and what they have to do.
Save Information That Pertains To You Personally
If you're staying in the same industry, save work contacts if your job lets you. If you're a writer, saving PR information, editor emails etc. is vital to have as you move forward. Your company will most likely not let you keep client information, but all of the contacts you gained will help you in the future.
Two Weeks' Notice
Your company handbook or contract you signed when you first started may dictate how much time you have to give when you resign. The standard is two weeks, though, if you don't have a specified time restraint. This gives you enough time to tie up loose ends, allow your employer to process your leave, and create a smooth transition process. Though you notified your boss of your intended departure and agreed on a date, you have to submit a formal letter of resignation.
The letter is for your record and your company's record, so keep it short and sweet. You don't have to go into every minute detail of your time at the company or why you are leaving. Just write that you're resigning, when your last day is, and thank your company for their employment. If you need a guideline, there are many resignation letter samples online. Tailor them to your liking.
If you had a good relationship with your coworkers or boss, stay connected. This is slightly different than saving work contacts. Add your boss on LinkedIn. If you created a personal relationship with certain co-workers, add them on social media. Maintaining positive relationships is essential.
Besides the fact that you never know what connection will help you in the future, it's always good to just keep up with people no matter what new position you start. If you didn't have the best relationship with your boss or coworkers, try to leave without any drama. That means no trash talking on social media, bad mouthing your boss to current employees, or taking the baggage to your next role.