Ready to Move On? A Complete Guide to Quitting Your Job


    Many of us reach a point in our careers that we know it’s time to move on from a job. Whether it’s to pursue a new career opportunity, improve your salary or leave a dissatisfying position, it’s important to quit on as positive a note as possible.

    “Leaving your job is one of the most critical points in your career [as you’re trying] to build a solid reputation. You will be remembered by your departure,” said Nicole Williams, founder and CEO of WORKS, a company that helps young women throughout their careers.

    Williams said the norm used to be that people held on to the jobs they had, afraid to make a change. In recent years, though, there has been more optimism, combined with an expectation that people change jobs more frequently.

    Leaving gracefully is important for several reasons. Even if you are unhappy with your job, the movie trope of storming out of a lousy job as you bad-mouth your boss and co-workers is not good.

    “Burning that bridge and leaving on bad terms could come back to haunt you, especially if you want to continue doing work in the same industry. Everyone in industries are tight and talk,” said Matt Weik, founder of Weik Fitness. “You don’t want to be known as the employee who dumped water on their boss’s head and pushed their computer off their desk in your exit tirade.”

    You never know when you’ll reconnect with your former boss or co-workers who may have a new opportunity for you, or if your new job doesn’t work out and you’d like to return to your previous position. Not to mention, you always want to be growing your network of professional contacts and references who have nothing but good things to say about you.

    From deciding whether it’s the right time for a departure to exiting professionally and crafting your resignation letter, here’s everything you need to know if you’re moving on from your job (or career).

    In this article…

    1. Assess the situation
    2. Job hunt
    3. Resigning
    4. Transitioning
    5. More resources

    Feeling ill will toward a job doesn’t necessarily mean your job is worth quitting; sometimes you just have bad days. But other times, you may need to reflect on whether you’re getting what you need professionally.

    “One big mistake I have seen people make is failing to ask their current employer for what they want,” said Kara Ramlogan, head of public relations recruitment at Madison Black, a recruiting website for creative professionals. “Maybe you would like additional training in a certain area, the ability to work remotely one day per week to alleviate a long commute or a raise in line with the market value for your role. Companies are often willing to make these adjustments to keep quality employees.”

    If you don’t think you’re getting what you should out of a job and your managers aren’t willing to budge, even a little on your requests, then it could be time to move on. Ask yourself if you see things getting better at your current job, because when you conclude that you’re ready to move on to something new, you need to be certain and not waiver from your decision.

    Your company may try to keep you by offering a small pay raise or other concession, but it’s not a good sign that it takes you threatening to quit to get a raise. It’s also unprofessional to turn your back on the company that just offered you a new position.

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