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Tips for Quitting Your Job

Advice on the Best Way to Quit Your Job


Thinking about quitting your job? Here are tips for quitting your job, including advice on deciding to quit, how to resign with class, how to quit over the phone or by email, how to write a resignation letter, what to do if you are asked to quit your job, and more tips on quitting your job.

In addition, there is information on employee benefits you may be eligible for when you leave your job, when you'll get your last paycheck, getting paid for unused vacation or personal leave time, what to do if you're asked to quit, and how to say goodbye to your co-workers when you've quit your job.

How to Quit a Job

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When you quit a job job, it's important to resign as gracefully and professionally as possible. If you can, give adequate notice to your employer, write a formal resignation letter, and be prepared to move on prior to submitting your resignation.

What to Say When You Quit a Job

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Regardless of your reasons for leaving a job, there is a right way to do so and potentially damaging consequences if you take the wrong approach. Here's what to say when you quit your job in-person, as well as what you can expect to hear from your supervisor when you resign.

Write a Resignation Letter

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How you write a resignation letter is important, because it usually isn't easy to resign and stay on good terms with the company you are leaving. Even if you hate your job and can't wait to start your new job, it can be difficult to resign diplomatically and tactfully. Well-written resignation letters can help ensure your resignation goes smoothly.

I Quit! How to Resign

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Turning in your resignation isn't always easy. Even if you hate your job, hate your boss and can't wait to start that new job; even if you are about to be fired, it can be difficult to resign tactfully. Here's how to resign with class.

Reasons to Quit a Job

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Before you quit a job, you should be very sure that you want to quit. Keep in mind that this is a tough job market. Hating your job might not be a good enough reason to quit unless you have another job lined up. That said, there are legitimate reasons for quitting your job. There are also circumstances beyond your control where quitting may be the option. Here are the top reasons use to quit a job.

Quitting via Email

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It's always better to resign in person, then follow up with a formal resignation letter for your employment file. However, if circumstances are such that you need to send a resignation email, here's how.

Quitting by Phone

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Quitting a job over the phone isn't the most polite way to quit. However, if you are unable to resign in person, quitting over the phone or via email is alternative. Do keep in mind, if you quit and don't plan on working any more days, it may cost you a reference. Here's how to quit a job over the phone.

What to Do When You Are Asked to Quit

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When you are not performing at your job or if the company no longer needs you, you may be asked to resign. It can come down to being asked to resign versus being fired.

What should you do if you are asked to resign? Is it better to resign and leave with a resignation on your resume or should you hold out and wait to be terminated?

Interview Answers: Why Did You Quit?

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One of the questions that is usually asked during a job interview is "Why are you quitting your job?" or "Why did you quit your job?" if you have already quit.

Review these suggestions on how best to answer questions about quitting your job and tailor your response to meet your particular situation.

Collecting Unemployment When You Quit

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When you resign from your job you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. In most cases, if you quit voluntarily you are not eligible. However, if you left for good cause you may be able to collect unemployment benefits.

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