So, you’ve decided to move on to the next great career opportunity. Congratulations! Now the question is,.. how do you quit your job and tell your coworkers, your boss, and your clients?
Can you say, awkward?
You might have questions like, what do I say when they ask why I’m leaving? How do I say goodbye?
The good news is that you can do this. I know it’s scary to tell people that you’re moving on. But even in a great job, you have permission to grow and try new things!
How to Quit your Job and Tell Coworkers, Customers, and Clients
Telling your coworkers, customers, and clients that you’re quitting can feel a lot like letting down your friends and family. But i’m here to tell you, they aren’t. Watch this video for a little pep-talk.
Now that that’s out of the way, and you know that you have every right to leave your current job in the pursuit of something else, here are some tips on how to quit a job and tell your coworkers.
1. Answering the Why
When you tell people you’re quitting, you can guarantee that the majority of them will ask you why.
Take some time to think about how you really want to answer this. Some prefer to stay vague with a response along the lines of, “it was just time for me to move on.” Others prefer to cite the lack of room for growth or the lack of challenge.
Remember, you may want to be vague with clients and customers who ask and more specific with coworkers with whom you have closer relationships.
2. Your Next Step
Preparing a brief summary of what opportunity and what company you’re moving on to is important. People will be curious about what your next step is so, if they ask, you’ll have a way to answer this question briefly.
3. Personal Contact Information
Whether you send goodbye emails from your personal account, make sure to give out your phone number, or simply connect to coworkers, clients, and customers you want to stay in touch with via LinkedIn. Remember to give out your personal contact information.
This is one of the most reliable ways to grow your professional network and a great asset in your career in the years to come.
4. A Goodbye Checklist
When it comes to goodbyes, don’t leave anyone out! Make a list of everyone you’ve collaborated with. This includes your important clients, customers, and anyone else in the office you feel deserves a goodbye. This will help keep you accountable and make sure no one is left off.
5. Introduce to New Point of Contact
For clients and customers especially, it’s important that you take the time to introduce them to their new point of contact at the company. If you don’t have a clear replacement yet you can ask a coworker to step in in the meantime and help transition them to the next person once you’re gone.
If you’re ready to move on to the next opportunity, make sure you honor your current coworker, client, and customer relationships by telling them you’re leaving the right way. Those relationships could come in handy throughout your career!
Are you someone who’s looking for the perfect fit and just hasn’t found it yet? Do you keep job-hopping, hoping that this might be the one?