As sometimes happens, unfortunately, you may well get stuck in what can only be considered a bad job. Whether you have a horrible boss, find yourself overworked and underpaid, or just come to realize that you’ve simply made a bad match, the time will come when you finally decide you’ve had enough and you want to quit. However, you do need to take some time and care with how you do it. You may have heard or seen the stories of employees who quit in grand gestures on social media, only to have it come back and haunt them as a result. So even if you have dreams of cursing out your supervisor and then exiting with a flourish to applause from your co-workers, try these tactics instead.
Always keep it professional.
Do this even if your managers or boss do not. Finish up any projects you worked on and try to set things up so the next person will be able to have a smooth transition (especially if you didn’t have one – make it better for them). Wrap things up with co-workers and leave on the most dignified note. And when you land a new, better job, drop a note to your former boss to thank them for the experience (again, keep it professional – short and sweet will work best) and wish them luck in the future.
Leave on the best note possible.
You never know when someone at your former place of work may make a good reference later on, either for advice on something within the industry or a networking contact. So make sure to tell your trusted colleagues you have a good relationship with and tie up as many loose ends as you can. Contact any clients you work directly with to let them know you’re leaving and have a plan in place for who the contact point will be moving forward. Show gratitude toward anyone who truly helped you by writing a short note of thanks. And do your job as best you can – never finish up with lackluster performance.
Prepare for questions.
While you know you’re going to quit, your boss probably doesn’t. So any pre-quitting work you can do will help you leave gracefully. As noted above, carefully tell your clients: Have an email ready to send after you speak with your boss. You may come across the rare situation where you give two weeks’ notice but your employer wants you to leave that day, so have everything ready to go. Have answers ready for when they ask why you’re quitting and questions about your next move/new position. You do not have to tell them about where you’re going next, what they offered to pay, or how you found the position. Again, keep it calm and professional when you refuse to answer and say that you simply want to make a smooth transition with your remaining time.
Quitting a bad job takes some forethought so you can exit unscathed. For advice finding your next great job, visit PrideStaff.