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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tips to Quit a Job

There is a right way and a wrong way to quit a job. Not only can it affect a great recommendation but it can also affect future employment. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to quitting a job.


- Don’t go to lunch and never come back
- Don’t start messing up your job in hopes of getting fired rather than quitting. Believe it or not there are a lot of people who do that. They try to mess up their job so much that they get fired and they try to claim unemployment.
- Don’t back mouth other employees in the hopes that it will get back to your boss. Employees try to do that as reason for quitting, they say they are having problems with other coworkers. But you can hurt your chances of getting a recommendation. Your boss can easily say that you don’t get along with others.


- Talk to your boss about the possibility of you leaving. Depending on what your job is, they may need you to stay around until they find someone. Some places offer a bonus if you do that.
- Do give a two-week notice or a letter or resignation. In a two-week notice, you are stating that at the end of the two weeks you will be leaving. With a resignation you can offer that a month before you quit, so it gives your employer time to find someone else.
- Do leave on good terms. More often than you think, employees leave a job, only to come back 6 months or a year from the time they left.

The purpose of quitting a job properly is to get that recommendation or possibly get any benefits that you are entitled to. Just getting up and leaving on lunch or at the end of the day is not very professional no matter what the job is. In the world of employment, you want to be the type of employee who gets along with others, who shows up everyday on time and someone who can get the job done.

If you want to be successful and have your own office then how you quit a job can have a lot to do with that. You may not think so but it does. Maybe not so much if you work is a fast food restaurant but when you work in an office it holds more truth than not. Retail or fast food places go though so many employees that they will never have any trouble trying to get help. Believe it or not places like McDonalds or Burger King has great benefits and they promote within.

If you don’t like your job and you want to quit is fine. There is no law that says you have to stay somewhere you don’t want to be. But simply do it so you can benefit from a great recommendation. Don’t burn bridges in your life; you never know when you will have to cross it again.