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When preparing to leave a job, ask yourself if two weeks provides enough notice to your employer. If you work in a highly skilled profession or your boss depends heavily on you, giving only two weeks' notice may hurt your relationship with your former boss and co-workers. In this case, you might offer to train your replacement or stay until you've finished an important project
Clear personal files from your computer if you work on a computer. Your boss could ask you to leave the premises immediately after you give your notice, so delete any personal information and tidy up your office.
Tell your boss in a letter that you are leaving in two weeks. Write a one-page letter explaining that you are leaving. Do not complain in the letter. Keep your statements general, saying you're leaving to pursue another opportunity. In the first paragraph, state that you are leaving and give the date of your last day of work. In the second paragraph, state a neutral reason for leaving, like exploring another opportunity or changing careers. You might also tell your boss if you are starting your own business, although your boss may see you as competition. However, if you stay on good terms, he could prove to be an important mentor. In the last paragraph, thank your boss for the opportunity to work with the company.
Print the letter on high-quality resume paper. Submit one copy of the letter to your boss, and another to your human resources department. Deliver your letter to your boss in person, and explain that you are resigning to show consideration and professionalism.
Talk with your boss privately at her convenience about your plan to leave. Refrain from making negative statements about your job, the company or any individuals if your boss asks you for more details about your reason for leaving. Negotiate for any benefits your contract, employee handbook or the law entitles you to, like COBRA insurance.
Remain conscientious about your work until you leave the organization. Communicate with other employees, and finish the projects you've agreed to complete. Refrain from engaging in any gossip, always presenting yourself as professional.
Get the contact information of co-workers and superiors with whom you worked, particularly those with whom you had a strong rapport. They may become useful contacts or even prospective employers in the future. Thank them for their advice or support.
- "Becoming a Successful Techpreneur"; Jelena Vucetic; 2008
- "USA Today"; How to Leave a Job Properly; Anita Bruzzese; Nov. 20, 2002
- Department of Labor: Protecting Retirement and Health Benefits after Job Loss
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