How to Quit Your Job

Read below for tips on submitting your resignation.

Make sure it’s the right decision.

If you’re thinking about leaving a position, it’s important that you consider your decision carefully. Don’t quit in the heat of the moment. Take time to weigh your options. Do you have other employment opportunities? Check your finances, and make sure you figure out what benefits you would get (or not get) after resigning from a job. Make sure you’ve tried to sort out any problems before you decide to leave.


Let your employer know.

If you’ve thought through your decision, and are confident that resigning from your position is the best choice, the first thing you should do is to let your supervisor know. Write a short letter of resignation. Your letter should be straightforward and constructive and state your last day of employment. Give the letter to your employer in person so you can let them know what your plans are.


Stay positive.

Regardless of your experience with a company, try to leave on a positive note. You don’t want to burn any bridges, as you never know when you will need a reference or if you may run into a former employer or coworker in the future. When you explain the reasons for leaving, emphasize the positive. Be sure to remain calm and professional as you plan to leave your job.


Give notice.

It’s standard to give at least two weeks of notice when quitting a job. This gives the company time to hire a replacement, or plan for what to do in your absence. When you leave a position without any notice, it leaves your employer in a bind. Try to be helpful to make sure you maintain a good relationship with the company. Offer to help train the new employee before you leave. Make sure you finish with strong job performance; don’t stop working hard once you make the decision to leave.


At a staffing company, things often tend to move a little more quickly, particularly if you’re working in an on-demand job. If you’re working a temp position and decide it’s not for you, you don’t necessarily need to submit a resignation and give notice so formally. For instance, you probably don’t need to give a full two weeks of notice. Still, it is good etiquette to be positive about leaving a position, and let your supervisor and staffing company know your intentions. Penmac requires two days of notice for temp positions; be sure to communicate with your staffing specialist if you have more questions. Do not simply stop coming to work without letting anyone know. If you need more workplace tips or help finding a job, check with your local Penmac office.

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