How to Quit Your Job with Class

Quit Your Job with ClassIf you want to quit your job, I certainly wouldn’t recommend an exit like JetBlue’s flight attendant a few years back. Although it rendered a lot of attention and definitely takes the prize for most dramatic exit, there are more appropriate ways to quit your job. No matter how dissatisfied you are with your job, it’s still important to take the high road and quit with class.

So what does it mean to quit your job with class? Here are just a few pointers to consider.

Quit Your Job with Class: Give Notice

Always let your manager know that you are leaving. In other words, give notice. This gives your manager time to come up with a transition plan and start looking for a suitable replacement.

Quit Your Job with Class: Finish What You Started

Finish any outstanding work. If you’re working on any projects, tie up any loose ends prior to your final day. Also let project team members know that you are leaving.

Quit Your Job with Class: Support Your Replacement

Transition your work and support your replacement. Assuming someone is hired to replace you before you leave, transition your work over to this individual and make sure they know how to do everything. Also, create a contact list for your replacement so they know who to go to if they have questions after you are gone.

Quit Your Job with Class: Be Prepared

Pack your personal stuff in advance of your last day. Instead of cramming all your personal belongings into a box on your last day, start taking a few things home with you each day.

Quit Your Job with Class: Be Honest

Be honest in your exit interview. Employers rely on exit interviews to identify opportunities for improvement. If you are leaving for a specific reason, let HR know what could be improved. (Keep in mind that quitting with class does not include bashing your boss or co-workers during an exit interview.)

Quit Your Job with Class: Stay in Touch

Let your manager know how to get in touch with you in case he or she needs to contact you after you are gone.

Have you ever quit your job (with class or otherwise) and have some advice to add to this list? Please leave a comment below and let us know about it!

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