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How to Resign From a Bad Employer

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If you’re finally leaving a job that makes you miserable, you may want to give your employer a piece of your mind and announce to the world how happy you are to be leaving. However, your professional reputation will fare better if you practice discretion and diplomacy and focus on creating a smooth transition to your new position.

Line Up Another Job

Start searching for another position immediately when you decide to leave, and don’t tell your boss until you’ve found another job and finalized arrangements with your new employer. If your boss knows you plan to leave, he might dismiss you on the spot, leaving you with no job. He might also treat you poorly and make your remaining time at the company awkward or even unpleasant. This is more likely since you’re already on bad terms. Your boss could also complicate your job search by giving you a bad reference.

Keep it Private

Resist the urge to call out your boss in front of other employees or complain about how much you despise the job. If you criticize your employer during job interviews, other employers might see you as unprofessional or fear you’ll publicly criticize them or share private information. In addition, you could gain a reputation within the industry for not respecting confidentiality. Don’t tell colleagues you plan to leave until it’s a done deal, and don’t share the news on social media sites until after you leave. When you do announce your job change, focus on what you’re looking forward to about the new job instead of why you can’t wait to leave your current position.

Keep it Professional

No matter how unfairly you’ve been treated or how angry you are, take the high road when leaving a bad job. Even if your boss is in the wrong, you’ll be remembered for how you handle your exit. You may also interact with your former colleagues in the future, especially if you stay in the same industry. Continue giving your best efforts and treat everyone with respect. If anyone asks why you’re leaving, keep your explanation simple. For example, say you found an opportunity you couldn’t pass up.

Write a Resignation Letter

While your employer may not require a formal resignation letter, writing one allows you to present your side of the story. If you want to address why you’re leaving, discuss your concerns objectively. Don’t criticize, resort to name-calling or get emotional. Instead, describe the specific reasons you’re unhappy and how they hinder your day-to-day job performance. If you don’t want to go into your dissatisfaction, keep it simple. State that while you’ve appreciated your time at the company you must submit your resignation and include the date you plan to leave.

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