Fun fact: I’ve only quit two jobs since I began working at 15 years old. Though I’ve left other jobs to go back to college and have had temporary summer internships, the decision to leave every place I worked was never mine. My jobs always just had a planned end.
The first job I quit was a waitressing job at a local Rochester country club that I took right after college. My first day on the job, I was left in the country club kitchen with only half of a uniform (all that was provided to me), no manager on duty, fellow waitresses who wanted nothing to do with training the new girl, and cooks who yelled at me to stay out of their way. I quit after my first night and turned in my half of a uniform the next day.
A month ago, I gave notice to the full-time job I’ve held for the past two years. This job marked the start of my post grad career, gave me valuable writing experience, and afforded me the opportunity to become financially independent. I’m so thankful for all of the experience I gained working with the company and feel indebted to my supervisors that took a chance in hiring a recent grad. For all of these reasons and more, I was completely terrified to announce that I would be leaving and moving to Austin. Thankfully, the process of quitting actually went extremely smoothly.
Here’s a few bits of knowledge I picked up throughout the process.
- Giving more than two weeks notice is very appreciated by most companies. I knew that I wanted to give my company as much notice as possible when I confirmed that Austin was a definite, so I planned on telling them a month before my intended end date. I think this is a very reasonable amount of time since I had been planning Austin for so long. I know my employers were pleased that I would be able to help in the hiring process for my replacement, and this time period also ensured that I had enough time to finish my assignments.
- Tell your supervisors FIRST. I think this is a common mistake among many employees. Most of us have co-workers we feel closer to and can’t wait to fill in on our life plans, but it is so important that the news of your departure be delivered directly by you, not by way of office gossip.
- Be prepared for the office gossip to be about you. Office gossip infiltrates most companies and it’s likely that your decision to quit will be viewed as conversation-worthy news, especially when working in a smaller office. I was hurt when I heard some co-workers gossiping about my choice to move, but decided to let it slide.The employees gossiping clearly don’t know me or my drive and work ethic. Remember to stay true to your reasons for quitting if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, your true friends will support you.
- Do your best to tie up any loose ends and business relationships. This goes along with giving adequate notice. It’s never a good idea to burn bridges with a company by leaving someone else saddled with your workload after you quit. Whether you supervise a department or are an entry level assistant, your position plays a role in the company’s daily operations. Making the transition smooth for your co-workers and supervisors will certainly help if you’re ever seeking a recommendation from them in the future.