how to quit your job

5 tips from HR experts on how to quit your job

Written by Madisyn Mckee
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Quitting your job can be both nerve-racking and exhilarating. On the one hand, you’re excited to be starting a new chapter and opportunity. On the other, you’re likely feeling slightly guilty and unsure if you’re making the right decision.

For our most recent Twitter Chat, we asked the experts for some tips and tricks on how to quit your job. The underlining thread we discovered is to always remain professional – no matter what. You never know when you’re going to come across someone you’ve worked with.

Looking for more tips? Read on to hear what our experts had to say:

Ask yourself: Should I move?

Most of the experts in our chat noted that looking for a change or a new challenge is the number one reason people want to move on. If this is how you’re feeling, first explore options at your current company. There may be opportunities for advancement that you don’t know about.

Schedule a meeting with your manager and let them know you’re open and looking for more. They may be able to help you find internal opportunities that solve your restlessness, without having to move companies. If your company has offices in other countries or cities, try inquiring about an internal transfer. A change of scenery could be exactly what you’re looking for.

How to give notice

If you’re sure that you’re ready to move on, you need to give your current employer the proper notice. The standard two weeks seemed to be the right amount of time according to our experts. Make sure to note what it says in your employee contract; you may be legally required to give more than two weeks.

“Want to be impressive? Offer three weeks,” noted Marsha Forde, Director of Human Resources at Workopolis. “It shows you care about the transition. If it’s not possible, offer 2 weeks,” she says.

If you’re in a role that is vital to the business, give as much notice as you can, especially at the senior-level.

Take a time out

Before you transition into your new job, our experts believe you should give yourself time to clear your mind before starting in a new role. While you will have to consider the timelines of all parties involved, a week is pretty standard.

According to Robert Half, “do yourself a favour and press pause for a bit. Your new job will be grateful for the refresh.”

How honest is too honest?

Be prepared to participate in an exit interview. You’re leaving for a reason and any good company would want to know why. They’ll likely want to know what they could have done differently so they can adjust for future employees. Even if you are leaving the company with bad blood, tread lightly.

“You can be honest and still remain professional,” notes Maurice Fernandes of Ceridian. If you believe your feedback will truly make a difference than be transparent with your current employer. Above all, don’t let your emotions get in the way, be professional, and respectful.

Leave a good impression

You never know when you’re going to need to rely on your current company for a future reference. Be sure to leave amicably, no matter what the reason is that you’re leaving. Ask your manager what you can do to help with the transition.

Forde notes, “professionalism is key! Stay actively connected to mentors and those you’ve built strong rapport with; they are your next reference.”

It also doesn’t hurt to bring donuts on your last day either!

See also:

How to quit your job with class
The best time to quit your job
5 good reasons to quit your job

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