Honesty & openness
If you consider the job a poor fit, discuss this with your manager. Be honest with yourself, especially if the evaluation of your performance has not been satisfactory. Explain why this is not working for you without blaming your employer.
Do not just up and quit without adequate notice or having a discussion. Commit to staying on until a replacement has been found or provide sufficient notice if you have found a new position. Two weeks’ notice is customary for staff positions. Managers and executives may need to give more notice to ensure a smooth handoff.
Don’t slight your boss
Make sure your immediate supervisor is the first one you notify about leaving. Do not tell co-workers before informing your boss. Do this in person – not by email or phone – and in private.
Ask your supervisor to serve as a reference.
Offer to train or recruit your replacement if he or she has been selected before you leave. If no successor has been chosen, volunteer to use your knowledge of the job to help choose a replacement.
Thank your employer
After departing, write a thank you note stating how much you enjoyed working for the company and your manager, what you learned and how much you value the experience.
Participate in an exit interview if you want a good reference in the future. Treat the exit interview as seriously as a hiring interview and focus on the benefits the new position presents for you and your career – and not the shortcomings of the job you are leaving or anyone working there.
Finish the job
Be sure you complete all of the work that can reasonably be expected within your time remaining. Do not slack off or start arriving late and leaving early.
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