You've found a new job. Congratulations! Don't new beginnings feel great? It's time to move on and you're probably already checked out. There's only one thing left to do: QUIT your current job.
If you're anything like me, this is a huge stressor. Your boss may or may not have known you were job hunting. Regardless, now it's not just a possibility...it's for reals. Of course they won't love hearing the news, but breaking it to them doesn't have to be as uncomfortable as you imagine it to be.
Follow the five easy steps below to bow out gracefully...
5 steps to quitting with class
1. Make sure you have the offer in writing first and understand all of the terms.
Until this happens, you don't have enough information to adequately agree to your new terms of employment. If you've received a verbal offer, kindly thank your prospective employer and request a hard copy (e-copy is fine too) to review the details.
2. Don't go spreading the word.
Your boss should always be the first to know, not your work buddies. Unfortunately word travels faster than you might think around an office, and you don't want to risk your boss finding out the breaking news from anyone but yourself.
3. Let your boss know in person.
I know this can be intimidating, but you owe it to your boss to discuss this big move with them face-to-face and not over email...and certainly not through text or voicemail!
Take the emotion and anxiety out of the situation by remembering that this is simply a business move. Thank your boss for his/her mentorship and leadership during your tenure (even if you don't 100% feel this way). It's a small world and you never know when your paths may cross again.
4. Have a resignation letter prepared to hand over.
This document doesn't have to be long, but it is required by HR in many companies. State your intention to leave your current employer, your last day of work, and a simple thanks to the company for the growth you've experienced during your tenure.
5. Be proactive about helping to put together a transition plan.
Often the first thing a manager will worry about is who will cover the work after your departure. Hiring takes time. Give some thought to this beforehand and offer suggestions while giving your notice. State that you are willing to follow their lead in making sure all of your responsibilities are covered and the team's progress is not hindered in any way due to your departure.
If you've recently quit, comment below to tell me how you gathered the confidence to handle your resignation like a pro.