What Not to Do When Quitting Your Job

By Chelsea Babin

Is it time to quit your job and move on to a new and exciting opportunity? Congratulations! This can be a thrilling, hectic time in your life and, unfortunately, very few people will prepare you for how to quit properly. You don’t want to burn bridges on your way out, right? To maintain your professionalism when quitting your job, avoid these 5 common quitting mistakes.

1. Set an Ambiguous Quit Date: Once you’ve found a new position the worst thing you can do is quit your current job without setting a specific quit date. Your new employer will want to know a specific time when you can start and your current employer will want to know exactly when you’re leaving so make sure you go in prepared with a specific quit date.

2. Say You’re Thinking of Leaving: One of the biggest mistakes you can make when resigning is to tell your boss or colleagues that you’re thinking of leaving before you have a new job lined up. Unless you want to end up temporarily unemployed, this heads up is not necessary and not smart for your own career goals. You may be thinking of leaving for only a week before you find and secure that perfect new job or it could take a year! Without that timeline officially locked in you could shoot yourself in the foot by mentioning your plans too soon.

3. Quit Any Day That’s Not Friday: There are several reasons that Friday is the traditional day to quit. If you decide to quit Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday you’re making a mistake! When you turn in your notice on a Friday you can let the dust settle over the weekend. This will give your bosses and colleagues time to think through their reactions and, when you come in on Monday, you can all be prepared with your ideas for a transition plan without being so emotionally fueled.

4. Ignore How Others Were Treated On Their Way Out: Knowing how your bosses and colleagues prefer to be notified and how they prefer you to act in your final two weeks or more isn’t impossible. As long as you pay attention to how others were treated when they quit, you can establish some realistic expectations and figure out what specific do’s and don’ts apply to resigning at your current company. It’s different at every organization and, if you haven’t observed the preferred method at your company, you can always ask your trusted IT Recruiter or Search Executive for a more generalized list of do’s and don’ts.

5. Forget to Write A Transition Plan: You can prepare a plan of action long before your resignation and simply not share it with your bosses until you turn in your notice but don’t forget to write one up! While your boss may not agree with your transition plan and want you to make some adjustments, coming in prepared will show that you’re dedicated to making this transition smooth and easy for everyone involved and you have specific tasks laid out for your final weeks so they won’t throw excessive extras on your plate trying to drain you of everything they can before you leave.

If you want to quit the right way don’t do these 5 things! You can avoid a lot of confusion and resentment by preparing for quitting the same way you would prepare for a job interview or a promotion.