Is your current job making you crazy? Do you feel stuck? Did you think you wanted a career in that field, but now you realize that you don’t? Or maybe you read that last post and realized how much it applied to you?
Whatever the reason is, you’ve come to this post because you’ve decided it’s time to quit.
Now you could be like the JetBlue Flight Attendant who went on a rant over the airplane intercom, inflated the escape slide, grabbed two beers, and slid off into glory.
But we’ll assume that you actually want to be hired elsewhere.
Here are the four rules to follow so you can quit with class:
(1) Don’t Be A Dick
What I mean is, don’t leave right in the middle of a major project or the busiest part of the year. Even if your boss is a total asshole, remember that you are better than pulling this kind of stunt.
You don’t want to be known as the person who screwed everyone else over because you just had to get out.
Now, I’m not saying stick around for an entire extra year. But it is classy and courteous not to quit right in the middle of a major assignment.
Not to mention that most industries can be fairly insular. So if you plan to stick within the same field, you don’t want to have a reputation for being a flake or unprofessional.
(2) Carefully Craft Your Resignation Letter
The Muse is a career website and they have a great step-by-step guide on writing a resignation letter.
It’s important to stay above the fray and avoid name calling or the blame game. The best way to give the middle finger to your shitty job is to appear as calm, cool and collected as possible. Review the step by step guide for writing your letter above, and you’ll be able to do just that.
(3) Follow The Appropriate Exit Strategy
If you work for a major company, they likely have guidelines on resigning. Make sure you review them and follow them to the letter. You do not want to create further drama by going at quitting willy-nilly.
If you don’t work for a major company, you should still follow a set procedure when putting in your notice. Generally, that will mean:
- Writing your resignation letter
- Setting up a meeting with your boss to discuss your resignation and provide them the letter
- Preparing yourself for the next two weeks (if your notice is accepted)
- And preparing yourself if they tell you to not let the door hit you on the way out
Hopefully, things go well and your boss is as gracious as you are. But if they don’t, you want to make sure that you did everything right on your way out the door. Don’t rehash past grievances and don’t throw around blame in your letter. Now is not the time. Remain calm and focused, and act like the adult you are (or at least the type of adult we’re all pretending to be).
(4) Put Yourself In Your Replacement’s Shoes
What if you were the person replacing you? What would you want to know? What systems are confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, you know they’re helpful?
Whatever it is, start making lists of those items, steps, or tools that have been invaluable to you over the course of your work.
Despite whatever you might feel towards your boss or your company, or both, it is not the fault of your future replacement.
Make their lives a little bit easier for when they are trying to figure out the ropes by making some lists or instructions.
It’s important to note that unless you are the victim of harassment or discrimination, you will NOT get unemployment benefits if you quit.
This may or may not be important to you. Perhaps you’ve saved enough to get by before you get your next job or perhaps you already have an offer, so you’ll be ok in the interim.
But if getting unemployment is important to you, or at least a factor you want to consider, then you should know that you won’t get it if you quit.
So there you have it – the four rules when quitting so you don’t look like an asshole.
Have any other rules that I forgot? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. Here’s another cheat sheet so you can remember these rules!