How to quit your job in style

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While the Bay Area may have an informal corporate culture, being careless about how you quit your job can negatively affect your career in the future. After all, potential employers may be contacting your boss to get a reference and three years of consistent good work can go out the window with a dramatic exit. Here are a few tips to keep in mind once you are ready to resign.

The meeting
While it may be tempting to email your boss a quick note saying you’ve been offered an amazing opportunity elsewhere, the most tactful way to deliver the news is in person. Set up a meeting with your supervisor as soon as you get your graduate school acceptance letter or have the new gig confirmed, and all the proper paperwork has been filed. Your manager will appreciate the consideration and won’t feel caught off guard. In the end, emails can be misread and can even come across as rude.

The notice
After you have met with your manager, and have given your verbal two weeks notice, follow up with a written notification. Your letter needs to be brief and should only focus on pointing out your last day of work. There’s no need to list any reasons for leaving nor do you have to state where you are off to.

Making the announcement
As fun as it is to share great news, it’s important to keep in mind that some organizations want to be the ones making the announcement of your departure to colleagues and clients. So, before you go off tweeting the world about the new gig, check with your supervisor to verify how they want the announcement to be made. Also, try not to share the news with coworkers until your manager knows, as they may accidentally spill the beans in conversation.

Surviving the two weeks
After you have given your two weeks notice, you may feel as though you can slack off. And while your boss and colleagues may not expect very much from you, it’s still important to put your best foot forward. Even if you may never want to work for the company again in the future, you want to be able to use them as a reference, and how you behave your last two weeks of employment can alter their opinion about you. In spite of everything, you are technically still an employee your last two weeks and anything you do can still be logged in your employee file.

The exit interview
Not all companies hold exit interviews, but if yours does refrain from using the time as an opportunity to vent or bad mouth anyone. And if you feel that your feedback could improve some internal process, try keeping your input positive by not naming anyone or criticizing the organization too harshly. Again, potential employers may be calling them in the future and the last things they write about your personality will be the first items they will reference in the future.

Belo Cipriani is an award-winning author, former staffing professional, a spokesperson for Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Writer-in-Residence at Holy Names University. Learn more at BeloCipriani.com.

Belo Cipriani