[By Schintelle Harte]

In my last blog post, I talked about how finding the right fit can make all the difference when it comes to happiness and job satisfaction. If you can’t recall the last good day you’ve had at work, or the mere thought of going causes you to contemplate gouging your eyes out like some of the reviews seen on employment site Glassdoor Inc., it might be time to consider moving on. No, really, start writing up your letter of resignation now.

I asked Nathan Mallett, professor and program coordinator of Sheridan’s’ Public Relations – Corporate Communications program for his opinion, given his well-rounded professional background. This is what he had to say:

“Even though you’re leaving, that employer is going to show up on your resume for months and years to come. It’s vital that you leave gracefully.”

Here are his six tips for quitting your job:

Do…

…Give your employer at minimum, a written two week notice before you leave.
Present the letter first thing in the morning, and express your desire to move on. Be professional, and remember, diplomacy pays. Be honest about why you’re leaving, but not too honest.

…Be a stellar employee until the end.
The clock, so to speak, starts ticking the moment you hand in your notice, however, “your last two weeks on the job is how they’re going to remember you,” says Nathan. “Give it 110 per cent and then some for those final days and leave your position with them ‘cleaner’ than you found it.”

…Express your desire to smooth the transition for the next person.
Nathan says, “when you resign, recognize you’re leaving them in a bind, and commit yourself to helping the newcomer transition smoothly.” Again, this shows that you are professional, and that is how you should want to be remembered.

Don’t…

…Burn your bridges.
You never know if, where or when you might end up working with the same individual(s) in the future. You always want to leave a work relationship, even a negative one, on the best terms possible.

Quit in the heat of the moment.
Chances are you’ll regret it, and worst of all, you’ve destroyed any possibility of using that employer as a future reference. “Take some time to mull your decision over,” says Nathan.  In other words, don’t let your emotions walk out the door before you do. Unless you have another job offer lined up, abandoning ship rashly is typically not in the best interest of your career or your pockets.

…Make quitting a habit.
Never leave a job because you’re bored. Leaving too quickly and frequently will raise questions with future employers, and can leave the impression that you tend to job-hop a lot.

In closing, always be professional, diligent and courteous. Whether your superior is guilty of micromanaging, being overly critical or even just arrogant, the exit meeting is not the appropriate place to address it. Also, don’t gouge your eyes out, you’ll need those to look for your next job.

May the employment gods guide you toward career happiness.

(Photo by EKG Technician Salary via Flickr)

 

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