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Leaving Your Job


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Sometimes, we leave our job by choice. At other times, we are forced to move on because we're laid-off or fired. Here's what you need to know about leaving your job including how to handle a termination or lay-off, how to resign, retirement, how to say goodbye to co-workers, along with sample letters and job loss advice.

How to Handle a Resignation
It isn't easy to resign. Even if you hate your job, hate your boss and can't wait to start that new job, or you if are about to be fired, it can be difficult to resign tactfully. Here's how to handle your resignation.

How to Handle a Lay-Off
Have you lost your job? Here's how to handle unemployment, check on the benefits you're entitled to, start a job search, and more.

How to Handle a Termination
Getting fired, unfortunately, can happen to the best of us. It can happen even when it's not your fault. Regardless of the circumstances, here is advice on what to do if you've been fired.

Get Ready to Quit Your Job
Before you quit your job, review these tips and suggestions to make sure that you're ready to leave and all your personal information is deleted from your computer and removed from your office, before you turn in your resignation.

Building Relationships as You Leave Your Job
Leaving your job can be a positive transition for everyone involved. You have the power to ensure that leaving your current employer strengthens your relationship and reputation rather than destroying it.

Ready to Retire?
We all reach a stage in our lives when it's time to move on. We may have found a better job or we want to retire from full-time employment to do something else with the rest of the lives.

How to Say Goodbye
You have found a new job and you're ready to give two-weeks notice to your current employer. Here is best way to let your boss know that you're resigning and how to say farewell to your co-workers.

Sample Letters

Severance Pay
Severance pay may be given to employees upon termination of employment. Severance pay is usually based on length of employment.

Two Weeks Notice
Giving two weeks notice is the standard practice when resigning from a job, even if your employer doesn't ask for notice, it is a good idea to offer it.

Unemployment eligibility requirements, when to file, how to file, benefits, rates, and answers to questions on unemployment compensation.

When You Leave Your Job: Employee Benefits
Information on the employment related benefits that you may be eligible for when you resign, get fired, or get laid-off from your job.

Have a Question?

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about termination from employment, including reasons for getting fired, employee rights when you have been terminated, collecting unemployment, wrongful termination, saying goodbye to co-workers and more.

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