The majority of your job search will be devoted to doing all in your power to land a new position. However, the final step in the process, which is to gently quit your current position, must be done with the same care.
It’s natural to feel conflicted when it comes to quitting a job. All of these emotions are very natural, and the truth is that you–as well as the people you are leaving–will be alright! This is especially true if you follow these tips for how to quit without hurting anyone’s feelings:
- First and foremost, notify your direct manager.
Your resignation will have a direct impact on your bosses. They should receive the news from you rather than hearing it through someone else. It’s also vital to keep in mind that you might need them as a reference in the future, so don’t allow a horrible goodbye be the last thing they remember.
- Explain why you agreed to accept (not why you’re leaving) the position.
Keep things positive by highlighting what excites you about the new opportunity instead of telling your boss why you want to leave. Bonus points if you inform your manager how their advice helped you transition into your new position.
- Create a Communication Strategy
Inquire with your manager about how they would like to communicate your news with the rest of the team. It’s always beneficial to have your own ideas, but the more in control they feel, the easier the last few weeks will be.
- Offer to Assist in the Hiring of a Substitute
You are the expert at what you do, and you may have the greatest understanding of what talents are required. While you’re still around, volunteer to assist develop the job description, screen prospects, and conduct interviews.
- Make a list of all of your current duties and responsibilities.
Consider the projects you have completed in the last year and build a list of the tasks you complete weekly, monthly, and yearly to keep track of your progress. Make a list of the things that need to be done so that you have a record of what needs to be done in the future.
- Make an offer to train someone within your organization.
Once you’ve compiled that list, collaborate with your boss to determine who would be best suited to take on each responsibility and offer to train them. This handoff could be a temporary fix or a chance for someone younger to take over.
- There will be no touchdown celebrations.
While this is an exciting time for you, the rest of your team will be under pressure to make up the shortfall and train your successor. Don’t make it obvious that your gain is their loss.
Your manager and team will, in most situations, be happy to see you move on to a new position. At the same time, their tasks will become a little more difficult as a result of your departure, at least in the near term. Approach your final days with empathy, thank your team for their assistance, and depart on a positive note that they will remember when you meet again.