Professional communication expert Dan O'Connor gives tips for the proper way to quit your job.

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So it's time to quit your job

You're wondering--just how do you go about doing that?  What are the steps?  Is there a proper way to quit your job?  Or do you simply walk in and say "I QUIT!"

Of course there is a proper way to leave your company, and it doesn't start with "I quit."  Dan will walk you through the process, and even provide links to a professional resignation letter, among other things.  He leaves no stones unturned.  Just to give you a few hints:

  1.  After telling your supervisor you're giving 2 weeks notice (which may or may not be accepted--sometimes you are just shown to the door) ask what you can do to help train your replacement.  Ask what things you should address that will make your transition out the door a smooth one FOR YOUR COMPANY.  In other words, ask how you can help, despite the fact that your departure is imminent.
  2. Whatever your reason for leaving--make certain that in your resignation meeting and letter you state only positive things.  There is always a way to state things to make it clear that you appreciate the opportunity you've been given, but greener pastures await you.  This meeting is NOT the place for complaining or pointing out how others could have done things better.  If you had complaints, they should have been voiced long ago.  This is not the time or place for anything negative.
  3. Make certain that everything you say in this meeting is designed to be repeated--just in case it is repeated--to anyone, including your next prospective employer.  We all know the limitations of what former employers are supposed to say if they get a call from a prospective employer.  However, JUST IN CASE--don't give anyone ammunition to use against you at your next interview.  Plant a label for yourself, e.g. "I want to bring the same energy to my next job that I've brought to this one."  Describe yourself as you want to be seen in your next position.

Effective communication skills are necessary in all situations, whether we are dealing with coworkers, talking to the boss, doing our job or leaving our job.  They're necessary to success in interpersonal relationships and success in life.  Don't leave home without them!  If it's time to quit your job, do it with class, with finesse, and with professionalism.  When you sit in your interview for your next job, or when you walk in the door your first day at work on the new job, you'll be glad you exited the old one as the person you want to be, and as the person you want to be SEEN to be.

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