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5 Steps To Quitting Your Job Without Burning Bridges

According to CBS News , 51% of our country’s 100 million full-time employees aren’t engaged at work. Would you count yourself as one of them? If so, then perhaps it’s time to seek employment elsewhere.

But leaving your job is scary! Most likely, you’re leaving some friends behind and a familiar routine. Never mind the task of actually telling your boss you want to quit. That’s enough to leave even the most secure person shaking in their loafers.

That dreaded conversation doesn’t have to be intimidating, especially if you’ve thought long and hard about the decision.

If you go into that meeting with honest intentions and are thankful for the opportunity you’ve been given, then there’s nothing to worry about. Have these 5 points ready, and not only will you leave with your boss’s respect, but probably a letter of recommendation as well!

  • Show gratitude: The first words out of your mouth should be “thank you.” Show appreciation towards your employer for this great opportunity. A lot of people would be thrilled to have this job and you feel so lucky to have been given a chance.
  • You’ve learned so much: Chances are, someone took the time to train you or at least show you the ropes. Acknowledge the time that was taken and be grateful. Also say how much better you are for the education and knowledge you have gained.
  • But it’s not the right fit: Tell your employer that unfortunately you feel this isn’t the right job for you, in a very respectful way, and let them know why. Perhaps through this experience, you’ve realized you’d rather be meeting with clients face to face more often, or maybe less. Maybe you’ve discovered another part of the industry you’d be better suited for. Keep in mind; your boss probably wants you to go where you’ll be happy as well.
  • You have to give 100%: Make it clear that you’d never want to stay somewhere you weren’t able to give your all. If your heart isn’t in it, then there’s no way you can do your best and that isn’t fair to your employer.
  • Leave on a good note: Is 2 weeks notice sufficient? See if you can come to an agreement with your boss that will not leave them hanging out to dry. Offer updates on what projects you’ve been working on and ask if there is anything you can do to make the transition as seamless as possible.
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    Even if you hated your job, chances are you can find at least one positive that was gained. Keep that at the forefront of your mind and conduct yourself with respect. You always want to leave with a clean slate knowing you did everything right.