How to Gracefully Resign From Your Job

“I’m handing in my notice.”

Truth is, no matter how much you may obsess about quitting a job, imagining scenarios in which you leave for lunch and never come back, or in which you develop a very rare disease and are confined to your home for an indefinite amount of time, resigning is still a hard thing to do.

You can come up with a thousand scenarios in your mind-each with their preferred dialogue, and the highly sought after “mic drop” moment, where, in a moment of triumph, you let out everything you’ve been holding in, and get the last laugh. But, it’s still uncomfortable.

As adults, you realize that your actions have consequences. A temper tantrum could cost you a reference for future employment, or the edge up on other candidates applying for the same position as you. Or worse yet, your future employer may know your old one. Stranger things have happened. It really is a small world.

In this case, like most, moms are right. You shouldn’t burn your bridges. Even if you hate your boss, or hate the job. In our line of work, it seems like people really don’t think about the way they sever ties. They simply stop showing up, turn off their phones, or block our calls. It’s ironic, given that fact that, 90% of those individuals return looking for another job. But, we don’t forget. It goes in your file, and your reputation takes a hit.

So, how do you resign gracefully? We understand that everyone isn’t a right fit for every job, and that in other cases, people really just want a better position. But, there is a right way to do it. So, take notes.

Keep these tips in mind as you consider to jump ship. You’ll be glad you did!