I Hate My Job! 6 Tips On How to Resign

Written by Jamie Clifton

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This woman will resign from her job

Does resigning from your job stress you the heck out? Does anyone besides us teach a course on how to resign from your job? Probably not! But don’t worry, you’re not the only one who feels this way! These six tips will help you be confident in your decision to resign from your position. Because you are part of the Employee Revolution, let us help ease your stress.

1. Have Another Job Before You Resign or at Least Have a Side Hustle

Not everyone is lucky to win the lottery or be as rich as Bill Gates. We all have bills to pay. So quitting one job before having another one isn’t such a good idea. On the other hand, having another job before moving on from your current company helps you stay current with your bills and gives you peace of mind. But, if you must leave right now, like right this instant because you can’t take another minute at your job, then there are many other options available. For example, you could create a profile on Fivver or Upwork for freelance work. Or, if freelance work isn’t your cup of tea, you could deliver food with Door Dash or Uber Eats. Making sure there’s some income generating, whether it’s only $300-$500 a week, is better than no money coming in at all.

2. Abandon Ship or Give Notice

Giving a two weeks’ notice is a nice gesture for a couple of reasons. First, it allows the employer to find your replacement. Also, if your position is that important to the company, they can’t leave it unfilled for too long. 

Second, if there is already someone within the company who can take over your position, you may have to train that person. They may be taking over permanently or temporarily. Whatever the case, it’s helpful to have someone trained and in place the moment you leave.

Third, if you are unsure of how a two-week notice looks or need to know how to start writing your own. Look up some sample letters that will give you an idea or help you get started.

You may be thinking, “Ok giving a two weeks’ notice is fine and well for the company, but what about me?” Well, let’s see, for one you’re leaving. Yay!!! But nobody wants to leave without saying goodbye. So, how about your co-workers throw you a nice going-away party or at least take you to lunch? You could also receive a counter-offer for you to stay with the company. Say an extra $2000 a month. Who couldn’t use that?

If you decide to leave, remember when giving a two-week notice (and this is important!) to make sure it’s always in writing. Since many companies have gone remote, an email is the next best option aside from delivering it in-person. Make sure you, your supervisor and HR each have a copy. It’s also a good idea to save it to your computer. Then, within the letter, let your employer know the exact date you plan on leaving.

3. Offer Your Expertise

This tip follows up with the last one. Offering to train someone shows you are a team player, helps the company, and leaves you on good terms. Plus, that’s a great skill you can add to your resume and LinkedIn profile! Another nice thing about training someone is it gives you an opportunity to ask that person to write a recommendation on your LinkedIn page.

4. Be Antisocial or Stay in Touch

This one is more of a personal preference. Maybe you didn’t like anyone you worked with, and you’re happy to leave the company and all those people behind. However, if you are a decent human being and don’t live under a rock, then you made a few friends at the company. So, get those friends’ contact information and stay in touch. It’s nice to find out how things are going. Then, a few months down the line, give your former co-workers, and yes, even your former supervisor, a call. They could be a good reference one day.

5. Don’t be a Stick in the Mud

Always leave on good terms. Of course, you don’t want to burn bridges or leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. You may need to return to the company for any reason. Whether it’s to get a job, ask for a reference, or even a favor. As the saying goes, “It’s not always what you know but who you know.” So, leaving a company and everyone still likes you can be favorable for you at some point in your life. 

6. Exit Interview or Leave a Review, That is the Question

A last bit of advice to consider is to leave a review or do an exit interview. Having an exit interview with HR is essential so they can hear the information directly. Instead of airing out any dirty laundry on the internet about the company, you can let the employer know so they can make adjustments or fix what is broken. If that doesn’t work, leaving a review on Glassdoor, Google, and Yelp telling what you liked and disliked about the company or position shares some sort of feedback. It could also help others looking to work for the company by giving them a better idea of what it’s like to be employeed there.  

Resigning from a job can sometimes seem like a job in itself. Do what’s best for you, even if that means leaving your current job to go out and join The Employee Revolution or if it’s to figure out your next career move. Following these tips can help you resign with ease and grace. We’re rooting for you. If you need more guidance or want to know more about The Employee Revolution, check out one of our other blogs, and you will be soaring to new heights! For more helpful career tips, please explore our website!

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