How to Quit Your Job like a Pro

Are you planning to quit your job anytime soon? Here are some job quitting tips which are sure to make things easier for you.

Leaving a job is something that is inevitable for most people and more often than not there is nothing personal associated with the decision. It is either simply time to move on to something else or it you have a great new opportunity ahead of you.

We often hate endings and shy away from them, dealing with them only when forced to. But, the fact is that on the other side of every ending, no matter how scary it may feel, is a bright new beginning.

However, as a professional, you must know when is the right time to leave your job. You should also be cognizant of how you do so. You never want to burn your bridges and you always want to leave a good impression. Keep in mind that your former employers can impact your future career.

Remember that you benefit yourself and others by bringing a proper closure to your work connections. Quitting well is an art, not a science. Taking the time to do it right can save you much regret later down the line.

Here are some ways to quit your job like a pro

Leave on Good Terms

Here is something to think about: You might come across the same set of people in other organizations where you work. A very good friend of mine works in an office where he is now being managed by someone who used to work for him. Therefore it is always a great idea to have positive interpersonal relationship with your colleagues. Moreover, having good relationships can open up new opportunities for you through personal recommendations or job networking (down the road).

Stay Away from Negative Feelings

Do not focus on the negative feelings you might have had while working in the organization. Though this seems to be a natural feeling for many of us, it's not at all professional to give way to negative emotions.

Deal with Ill Feelings in a Positive Manner

In case you do have negative situations that need to be addressed prior to leaving, handle them in a professional manner by talking it out with the other party rather than slinging mud and initiating a blame game. People always hate being told that they did something wrong - this is one inherent feeling we all have. So respect that and deal with the problem in a positive light.

Do not Underestimate Mutual Respect

Make no mistake there is no substitute to developing a sense of mutual respect and camaraderie. There are good times and then there are bad times in a professional's career. And everybody needs some help at some point in time. Therefore it is very important that you foster a culture of mutual respect among your peers so that when you need them they are there for you (Read: job networking).

Individual Partings

During your tenure at your current job, you might have developed some special relationships in your office. Some of them might have had a big impact on your career growth and then some others might just have been there to lend a helping hand at some point. You may want to have a one on one lunch with them before leaving the organization. That leads the relationship to a higher position and helps you maintain your relationship even though you quit your job.

Your Immediate Boss

Be sure to thank your immediate boss for all of his/her contributions to your professional growth. It is also a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation for your personal files. That can always come in handy in future job searches.

Congratulations and best wishes in your future endeavors.