4 Steps to Quitting Your Job With Grace

Written by: Susan Hang


You’ve decided to quit your job, now what?

Here comes the fun part: delivering the message, which can be awkward and emotional so in reality, quitting a job is never really that fun. And if you’ve never actually quit a professional job before, you might even feel uncomfortable setting up that meeting with your boss. Anyway, for whatever reason you’ve decided to leave, you always want to make sure you do so in good light and leave a lasting impression. After all, the job market is too small to burn bridges (especially in fashion) and most importantly, because it’s the right thing to do. Plus, you can always benefit from strong professional references. Here are my 4 steps to quitting your job with grace:

#1 Set A Date

First things first: You need to decide when you’re going to quit to allow yourself sufficient time to give a minimum’s two-week notice and to finalize any unfinished projects or reporting while your employer seeks a replacement. At this time, you can also begin crafting your letter of resignation.

#2 Write Your Letter of Resignation

Though I don’t usually hand in the physical letter until after I’ve spoken to my employer, you should write one in advance as they will be asking for it. The letter can easily be composed in 3 parts (paragraphs) using this format:

Dear Employer,

Please accept this letter as my formal notice of resignation from (Company) as a/an (Job Title) . My last day of employment will be (Date). I received an offer to become a (New Job), and after careful consideration, I realize that this opportunity is too exciting for me to decline.

I would like to help with the transition of my duties. I am available to train the individuals who will be assisting with job duties when I am gone. I will also ensure that all reporting and records are updated before my last day of work.

It has been a pleasure working with the (Company) over the last year. Thank you for the opportunity to work for such an outstanding organization and be a part of an awesome team. I wish you and the rest of the team much success.



#3 Be Official

Then schedule the meeting.

I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to quit a few jobs, but I’ve learned over the years that no matter how many times I’ve done it, I always get nervous right before the final meeting. I stumble on my words, which is accompanied by the strangest feelings of guilt – at that point, I’m not even sure why I feel bad…I didn’t do anything wrong. So my ultimate lesson learned has always been to keep it simple. You don’t need to explain why unless you’re being asked and it’s a no-brainer your boss will ask, but by allowing him/her that opportunity, the whole thing begins to feel more like a casual conversation versus you making a speech.

Be prepared for salary increase proposals and movement suggestions – just about anything that can keep you there. Your boss may also ask questions specific to your workplace and your team – it’s all fair game. At the end of the day, just remember to be honest with yourself and what you want regardless of any compelling offers you might receive.

#4 Finish Up

Finally, continue to do your job the best you can until you hit the finish line.

This means updating any projects or reports you’ve worked on and tying up all loose ends. At this time, you can also train/show your team your day-to-day tasks and also make a list of important things that absolutely need to be done while you’re absent. This will allow your workload to be distributed evenly among the team so they can better manage the business without you. And on your last day, feel free to send out a mass e-mail with your contact information for those that want to keep in touch.


– Susan

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