For most of us – quitting our job is a hasty and highly emotional decision that is rarely based on good planning and strategy. How you quit your job today could have negative implications for you in the future. No matter how tempting it may be to tell your boss exactly what you think of him/her, sit back and consider these following points:

1. Keep a cool head – If your employer is not expecting you to resign then you will get a reaction (this could be positive or negative). Don’t make the mistake of rattling off a long list of complaints as to why you are leaving. Turn the situation into a positive by saying that you want to leave on good terms, you have enjoyed working for the company and are now looking to take on fresh challenges and explore new opportunities.

2. Do not ‘bad mouth’ the organisation – You never know who may be a potential referee or future colleague in another role. Some people return to the company years later in other roles after spreading their wings on the outside. The person you may have just insulted could be a future colleague, supervisor or member of an interview panel!

3. Give enough notice – Make sure that you have researched exactly how much notice you are required to give. It could be awkward if you hand in your resignation expecting to leave the next week, but find that you are actually required to give 1 months notice!

4. Leaving on a good note – Take time before you leave to personally say goodbye to your colleagues. Sort out any old issues and offer to prepare training notes etc. for your new replacement. Nothing creates a better impression than someone who goes out of their way to ensure a clean handover.

5. Your last impression – Leaving on a good note will ensure a good reference in the future.

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