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How to Quit a Job Suddenly

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Quitting your job suddenly is not the best situation for you or your employer. Sometimes you may try to leave out of resentment, but this can hurt your reputation. Carefully consider your options for future employment before deciding to leave in a hurry. You can separate from an employer amicably, but you must act carefully to preserve your good relationships.

Sit down with your employer and address the reasons why you're quitting. Provide feedback on working conditions and be honest about receiving other offers. In certain situations, your current employer may wish to come back with a counter offer. If the problem involves working conditions, you may bring a previously unknown issue to the employer’s attention. Be willing to talk to management before you leave, because you might fix the problem driving your departure.

Attempt to salvage a relationship by offering to find someone to transition into your place or simply by letting your employer know that you've enjoyed working for the company. You may need a reference from your old company, so try to keep all of your good relationships intact before you depart.

Plan ahead where possible. According to Forbes, stability is the number-one reason why an employee seeks a new job. If you think your job may be in jeopardy, use the time you have left to plan for new employment. If you're seeking a better balance of work and personal life, try negotiating for flex time instead of quitting. Leaving without a backup plan could hurt your income and whether you can pay your bills.

Take an internship or get a part-time gig to fill in the gap between jobs. Part-time employment will free up enough of your time to search for a job elsewhere while making sure you meet your basic needs.

Set goals for your future. Now that you're free from the job that you didn't want, figure out the one that you do want and take steps toward achieving those goals. Make sure that your steps are measurable and that you can hold yourself accountable for the actions that you take.


Richard Bashara writes for various entertainment and technology publishers. He has been covering topics such as dating, Comic-Con and the technology trade since 2007. Bashara holds a B.A. in writing.

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