How to Quit Your Job (without being a Jerk)

You may have good reasons to quit your job. It could be a boss that constantly gets on your nerves or a pay that isn’t worth it at all. Or simply a lack of motivation to keep at it. 

Well, whatever the reason, after you have made up your mind to quit your job, you must think of the best ways possible to inform your employer. 

Sometimes, quitting your job in a way that doesn’t spell ‘jerk’ can be challenging. Especially when you feel you have been mistreated and overused by your employer. So it’s tempting to create a storm as you exit. But you must resist this temptation. 

So, if you’re wondering how to quit your job gracefully, without burning any bridges, this article is just for you. 

What You Need to Know About Quitting your Job

Here are a few steps you should take when you've decided to quit your job.

#1. Have a Plan

Before you make any further steps, you must have a working plan that factors in a lot of things. For instance, is there another job for you on the line? 

You might also need to figure out the best time to tender your resignation. Are there events, meetings scheduled which your employer will certainly need you around for? Are there other people who can handle those things in your absence? 

If there's no one, you might want to stick around long enough until you can sort out the details. Your employer will be grateful to you. 

#2. Tell your boss far ahead of time

You do not want to spring unpleasant surprises on your employer. So, you must tell your boss of your intentions to quit as far ahead of time as possible. This will help them adjust better to your absence. 

It’s advisable to tell your boss face-to-face. Understandably, you may feel quite weird about breaking such news in person. Who wouldn’t prefer an easier way out? But doing so shows a level of respect for your boss.

#3. Follow up with a resignation letter

You may need to submit your resignation in writing. Depending on how valuable you are to your employer and how desperate they are to retain you, they may make promising offers to convince you to stay. 

Don’t be in a hurry to decline such offers. First, consider the reasons you wanted to quit the job in the first place. If such offers are good for you, take them. If not, stick to your original plan. 

#4. Complete all pending tasks

Do not leave unfinished jobs for someone else to do in your absence. Especially if you do not want your employer and co-workers to have hard feelings towards you. 

It’s important that you create a mark in people’s minds that brings good memories when they think of you. Your last impression does matter. 

#5. Work on finding a good replacement for you

As much as you can, in the period you have left, help your employer transition. Find people who can take on the role you play in the company and train them sufficiently. 

#6. Be well behaved until the last day

You might be tempted to break the company rules knowing you would not be there for a long time. Don’t do this. You do not want to be on bad terms with your employer when you leave. 

#7. Don’t take anything that is not yours

The last thing you need is a claim that you stole what wasn’t yours. So, carefully return every company property in your possession. And ensure they are properly documented. 

#8. Resist bragging about your new job offers

So maybe you have a job offer that is way better than the job you’re quitting. You don’t have to rub it on anyone’s face. If you do, you just might come across as a jerk in the minds of your employer and co-workers.

Remember that you need to be in the good books of your former boss. You do not want a bad reference from your former employer. 

#9. Don’t steal your former co-workers

You may be tempted to tell your former co-workers all about your new gig and entice them to join you. If they pursue it, that’s fantastic. But be careful about attempting to recruit from your prior company. Employers may see this as stealing, and not respond nicely to such attempts. 

#10. Be mindful on social media

It is not advisable to take to your social media accounts to air your views on any bad feelings you have about a former employer. 

Asides from the fact that it is possible your former employer can come across such comments, you just might attract legal action to yourself.


Now you know exactly how to quit your job with professionalism and grace. But there is so much more you may need to know. Like what steps to take next to find your next position or how to be successful in your next job.

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