How to Quit Your Job in a Small Place

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The decision to leave your job is one that isn't made lightly. Many people can't afford to leave a job without first securing a new job and ensuring their finances are in order. In addition, it's likely that you don't want to leave your job on bad terms; keeping business contacts is important for future jobs and projects. Leaving your job when you work in a small company adds another layer of stress to the situation. Small offices often are not equipped to handle the extra workload when an employee leaves so plan your resignation carefully.

  • Write a resignation letter to your boss, even if your working relationship is casual and friendly you need to write a resignation letter as a formality and a gesture of respect for your company.

  • Keep your resignation letter simple and concise. Do not provide too much detail, it isn't necessary; however, keep the letter polite and free of negativity. For example,

    Dear Enter Boss' Name Here,

    I am writing this letter to officially resign my position as job title here with the company. My last day of employment will be enter date two weeks from the day you give the letter to your boss.

    Sincerely,

    Your name here

  • Add extra details as you see fit. If you are relocating to a new city you can add that information to your letter or if you are willing to train a new employee to take over your position you may add that as well.

  • Give your resignation letter to your boss before you tell other coworkers of your departure; your boss should always be the first to know.

  • Work with your boss to create a plan to transition your position to a new employee or to disperse your current workload to other employees. Because this is a small company you must be willing to make the transition as easy as possible for the company, especially if you want to maintain an amicable relationship with the company.

  • Stay for two weeks after handing in your notice -- unless your reason for leaving is health-related or related to some type of emergency situation. In addition, don't slack on your workload in the ensuing two weeks. You are still an employee of the company until you walk out the door on your last day and it is important to always maintain your professionalism.

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