How to Properly Quit Your Job

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You may have visions of a "Norma Rae" moment on your last day of work or telling your boss to take the job and shove it, but keep those daydreams to yourself. Quit your job with a high level of professionalism. Leave on a high note because word may get around about your actions and you may find yourself without a good reference.

  • Write a professional and gracious resignation letter. Thank your boss for the opportunity and explain in positive terms why you are leaving the job. Two weeks is the standard amount of notice you should give your employer.

  • Tell your boss that you are leaving before you tell your coworkers. Don't whisper about it to others. Be sure to speak privately with your supervisor first. Avoid bragging about your intention to leave.

  • Offer to help the company find your replacement. Suggest people you know who will do good work. Stay on a couple of weeks during a transition period to help train your replacement.

  • Tie up loose ends. Finish projects you've started or at the very least get your work in an organized fashion for the next person who takes over. Follow up on all of your promises and committments before leaving.

  • Clean up your work area before leaving. Don't leave a mess for the next person who gets your desk or cubicle. Take all of your personal items with you.

  • Stay in touch with former coworkers and supervisors. Keep them updated on your progress and whereabouts. This can help ensure that you get good recommendations for future opportunities.

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