For most of us, we are still in our first job out of college. Any two weeks you’ve put in have probably just been to the bar you bartended at in or the pool you lifeguarded at. What do you do when it’s real life?
Well I can tell you from experience that I wish this article had been written over a year ago. I wish even more that I had thought to Google how to quit a job before I just flat out did. Let me explain…
About two months into my first job out of college, I knew the position wasn’t for me. Not only did I find it hard to get along with my bosses (five people have quit under my supervisor), but I just knew that position wasn’t for me. Job-hunting for position #2 went fairly well; interviews would come in waves, and I finally stumbled across a position that seemed like the perfect next move.
I got my offer call close to a holiday weekend, and I knew I had to put my two weeks in that day. However, that day also happened to be smack dab in one of the craziest weeks I had experienced, but I knew I had to follow through with it. With my nerves at an all time high, I e-mailed my VP and asked if I could quickly have a few minutes with her.
I sat down, and just word vomited, “I need to put in my two weeks!” What came next was not at all what I had expected; basically, she went off on me.
Once I finally thought it out in my head, I realized I had needed to explain my gratification and appreciation for their guidance and the opportunities that I had to learn, and then drop the ball that I was putting in my two weeks. Sure, that may sound like a DUH for some people, but up until that point I never really thought about how to resign. So, I recommend for those that have never had to, to consider these tips:
Meet With Your A-team: Family and friends. Talk them through why you want to leave, and how to want to approach your boss. They will definitely have great advice on how to approach your colleagues (I’m sure someone close to you has put in their two weeks at some point) and will help keep you from being too nervous.
Continue to Get the Job Done: Leaving at a less-busy time is obviously ideal. But, if timing isn’t working out, make sure you are giving it your best effort even though you’re about to bounce. There is really never a ‘right’ time to quit, but your colleagues need to recognize that you are doing what is best for you.
Quit on a Friday: Depending on your team, they’ll handle you leaving a couple different ways (sad, happy, anxious to be a team member down). However, leaving on a Friday will give your boss and team time to cool down before you have to work together for a full week again. And it give you a great reason to celebrate that night.
Be Positive: Make sure to genuinely thank your peers and teammates for helping out with projects, lending a hand when you needed it, or for just making the day brighter. You’ll leave on a good note, and everyone will want to continue supporting you and your endeavors. And, if you choose to go back to that same company in the future, you’ll have a better chance at getting back in the door.
Still unsure of how to approach your boss? Think about how you would want to be approached if it were the other way around. It’s okay to be nervous, but make sure to start off with appreciation and what you’ve learned in your position.
Bottoms up to bigger and better things,
P.S. I am not quitting my job
P.P.S. This post was written based off of this original article from Byrdie.com