What you need to do before you quit your job

Quitting your job is a dream for many, especially if you’ve been unhappy there! In other cases, it may be as simple as moving on to greener pastures: a higher salary, a better position, or a company that is more compatible with your career and personality. Regardless of the scenario, ending your current employment before moving on should be done with the right planning in mind.

Assuming you’re leaving for a new job, you’ll want to make sure it’s locked in and ready to go. Don’t take any action on your current job until your new job has presented an offer letter that is signed on both sides and confirmed by their HR department. At that point, you’ll need to give your two weeks notice. There’s a reason this is considered proper professional etiquette: your company currently has you on a position they rely on, so they need time to adapt and replace your output before you leave. This may involve training someone new, who will pick up your slack until the company is able to hire a replacement.

While it may be tempting to vent to your frustrations on the way out, it’s better to remain professional. It’s unlikely you’ll return to the company you’re leaving, but your reputation among co-workers is extremely valuable. They can provide you with an “in” down the line if a new opportunity comes up at a different company, and you’ll want them to continue having a good impression of your integrity. 

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