Have Another Job Lined Up
It’s often advised to have another job lined up before you quit your current one. This will help you maintain financial responsibility. While some people get lucky and find a new job right away, for others it can take three months or even up to a year to find the perfect fit.
Your new job should be something that you truly enjoy. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to do something that is your real passion. But, in the very least, it should be a job that gives you some type of purpose and contentment.
Return Any Company Property
While you may walk away with some post-it notes and a pen, you don’t want to take company property with you when you leave. This is especially true of any electronics, passwords, or keys that you may have been trusted with. It doesn’t look good if the company has to hound you to return these items. Why would you want to keep them anyway?
Any accounts you have will likely be disabled as well as any access badges. Give all company property back when you leave to avoid any trouble or awkwardness. Doing so will also help you to also avoid burning any bridges when you leave. No one would want to hire you back if you’re reluctant to return items that are not rightfully yours.
How to Quit Your Job if You Just Started
One of the hardest things can be quitting your job if you just started. Maybe it wasn’t the job you envisioned or maybe something better came along. Whatever the case, you should handle it the same way as you would if you were working there for a long time.
You should still give two weeks notice. Your employer is now going to find a replacement after he just hired you. While there may have been a “second choice” candidate, your employer may also have to start from scratch. Either way, you want to give the courtesy of the two weeks. You’ll also want to tell your employer in person and before you tell any co-workers, just as you would if you had been working there for years.
Be honest about why you’re leaving. Don’t makeup excuses about why you’re leaving. Be honest and give the real reasons why you don’t want to work there anymore. Your boss will respect you more for it. Plus, it will help you to avoid burning any bridges if you were to want to try to return at any time.
Don’t damage your reputation in the industry. Many bosses in similar industries tend to talk to one another. You don’t want to be blacklisted because you decided to quit right away. That’s why giving the proper notice and being honest about why you’re leaving is so important.
Doing these things can make the process less awkward. If you’re feeling guilty or bad about leaving, use this as a learning tool. Perhaps you need to take more time when choosing a new job or need to get more details before accepting it. Doing these things can help you avoid needing to quit after you just started.
Tell Your Significant Other About Your Decision
While it is your decision to quit your job, it’s a good idea to tell your significant other, especially if you’re married or living together and sharing expenses. Your decision to quit your job may have an impact on your finances, especially if you don’t have something else lined up. This may also affect your significant other.
Having a discussion about quitting your job with your significant other before you do it can provide you with a new perspective. It may even make you realize that you’re quitting for the wrong reasons, or it may help you validate your decision. Either way, you don’t want to keep them in the dark about a decision that could also impact them.
When it comes to how to quit your job, following these simple tips can make the process go much smoother. You can feel good that you’ve left on a positive note and for the right reasons as you embark on your new career.