Quit Your Job Successfully

Do You Have a Professional Exit Strategy?
by LaTonya Irby, Editor-in-Chief | Career | Tuesday, January 1, 2013

People leave their jobs for a variety of reasons, including a lack of advancement opportunities, wanting more money, or simply because they are unhappy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among African Americans ages 25 and over was 14.3% in 2011. And although more recent reports claim that the overall jobless rates are down in about 45 states including the District of Columbia, African Americans are still more likely to be among the highest group of unemployed U.S. citizens.

Making a decision to leave your job in a tough economy in search of a better opportunity is not always easy. And while the thought of leaving a current job for a better one may be exciting, the process can be overwhelming. So having a professional exit strategy when quitting your job is key. Following are some useful reminders to incorporate into your professional exit strategy if you are seriously considering a job change:

Remain Professional

It is imperative to remain professional in the process of quitting your job. There are different ways to gracefully quit a job withoutburning bridges with the company. According to Dr. Delores A. Dean, director at the Florida A&M University Career Center, the best way to leave a job is to: “leave the way you walked in.” In other words, speak to your employer or boss before you speak to anyone else about leaving your job. Your boss shouldn’t find out that you’re quitting from someone else. It is always more professional to speak with your employer first.

Submit Your Resignation  

Be sure to submit a formal letter of resignation at least two-weeks in advance. In your letter, give the company praises and expound on what you’ve learned and the skills you’ve acquired throughout the time you worked there. In addition, give thanks for being given the opportunity to have worked at the company or organization. Include an explanation as to why you’d like to resign only if you feel it’s necessary. 

Keep Up the Good Work

According to Dr. Dean, you should “make sure you continue doing your job.” Keep coming to work on time and continue to maintain the same level of professional courtesy toward your employer. It is inconsiderate to not show up to work after informing your employer you will be leaving. When people quit this way, it sometimes makes it difficult for the company’s management to find a replacement in such a short amount of time.

Remember that the relationships you build while working for a company or organization can be vital to the success of your future career endeavors. Because of this, you should do whatever you can to leave your job on a good note. Be sure to plan wisely and apply your professional exit strategy no matter how bad the situation may be (if at all possible). You’ll know you resigned successfully from your job when you’re still able to keep in touch with your former employer, which increases the possibility of being re-hired if you decide you want to come back in the future.    

Source: Black PR Wire. Photo credit: ©iStock/Kyle DeRodes


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