How To Quit Your Job

How To Quit Your Job

by Jim Olsztynski | May 17, 2024 | Blog Career Opportunity Skilled Trades | 0 Comments

My last blog gave “10 Tips On Starting A New Job.” I think it’s a good idea to address the flip side. Some of you reading this may already have a job and are looking to leave in order to embark on a career in the plumbing, heating, cooling, or electrical trades. Or, maybe you’re already working for a trade employer but seek a better job. In any case, you want to leave your present employment gracefully without burning any proverbial bridges.

“Take this job and shove it” is the title of a popular country song, but that attitude is a losing proposition. Even if you are unhappy and in conflict with your employer, there is nothing to be gained by an angry departure and much to lose. For one thing, the future is uncertain and you may want to return to your former employment someday. Moreover, you certainly want to generate a positive reference for future employers. Stifle your anger and explain in a calm, cordial manner why you are choosing to leave.

Be sure to give advance notice. At least two weeks is the standard. Your departure will leave your present employer with the need to replace you and potential disruption to the business. If you leave on good terms, your present employer may provide you with a good reference. Tell your immediate supervisor you will be leaving but then …

Put it in writing! Compose a resignation letter (or email) and send it to your direct supervisor. As explained above, downplay any conflicts. No name calling or harsh language. Instead, emphasize the positive reasons why you seek a new opportunity. Keep a copy in case disputes arise about timing and pay owed you.

Here’s a helpful template for a resignation letter:

Date at top

(Your name and contact information.)

(Addressed to your supervisor, his/her position and company name)

Dear Mr./Ms. (Supervisor name),

I am writing to inform you of my intent to resign my position as (name your job title), effective (date, at least two weeks in the future).

I appreciate the opportunity to work at (name of company) and all that I have learned. After much consideration, I have decided that my career can better advance with employment elsewhere.

During my remaining time here I will do all I can to ensure a smooth transition, including helping to train my replacement if you deem that necessary.

I wish you and the company the best in the future and invite you to contact me after my departure with any remaining issues that may arise.

Best wishes,

(Your name)

Keep a copy of your resignation letter or email in case any dispute arises about back pay or whether you gave reasonable notice.

Also, be sure to ask your employe and supervisor if you can use them as a reference and whether they will speak well of you. Never use someone as a reference for future employment without first gaining their assurance that they will speak well of you.

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