November 18: How to Quit Your Job

Thinking of quitting your job? Here are some tips on the best way to do it.

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Source: Harvard Business Review
Published: August 2021

How to Quit Your Job

If you’re thinking of quitting your job, you’re probably wondering the best way to do it. 

Once you decide to quit, start by informing your manager. You don’t want them to learn about the decision from a colleague before they hear it from you!

Here’s some sample language for the difficult conversation:

After careful consideration, I’ve decided it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my career. I’m hoping to discuss how to make the transition as smooth as possible for us both. I want you to know that I’m grateful for the opportunity this job has offered. Ideally, I’d like to finish by [date at least two weeks away]. How can I be most helpful to the team during the transition?

If you’re asked why you are leaving, frame your reasoning around what you want to do instead: a different kind of role, a new industry, or even just that you are ready to shake things up.


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