How to quit a job

How to quit your job the right way

Lots of workers are quitting their jobs this month. That’s why there’s traditionally more hiring in January so companies can fill vacant slots. If you’re one of the lucky candidates who has scored a new position, here’s how to quit a job the right way. Quitting a job the wrong way will impact your career negatively.

To quit a job the right way requires you to do four things:

First, you must maintain friendly relations with your current boss. She’s the first person you need to inform during an in person meeting. Although the new job is great for you, it’s bound to give your supervisor some agita. Although you might have despised your old job and the boss who supervised your work, be gracious in explaining why you decided to leave. Don’t complain about your boss or the job. Instaead talk about how the new job gives you a chance to expand your horizons.

Then get down to the business about next steps you can take to insure a smooth transition. Offer to train a replacement. Or at least write a memo explaining your responsibilities and how to do the job you’re leaving.

Second, follow up the meeting by writing a letter of thanks to your your boss. Say what a pleasure it’s been working for him, even if your experience has been the exact opposite. You never can tell under what circumstances you could meet that boss again, either as a client or as your new manager somewhere else.

Third, understand you’re still working at your old job until the day you leave. So give it your best shot each day you’re there.

And finally, don’t jump onto social media to update your profiles or brag about the new job until you start it. Remember, you want your boss to learn about your move first. You want to give the impression you’re commtted to your current job instead of already having one foot out the door.

While quitting your old job in the right way is important to your career’s success, beginning your new job in the right way is important to that jobs success. For this reason, you might be interested in reading the chapter titled “What to do for an encore now that you’ve landed (a new job)” in my book “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. You’ll find one-minute coaching vignettes about how to get your new job off to a great start. Order now.

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.