A one-minute coaching vignette on how to quit a job the right way

This is the month many workers quit. That’s why there’s more hiring in January so companies can fill the vacant slots. If you’re one of the lucky candidates who has scored a new job, here are two tips on how to quit a job the right way.

First, maintain friendly relations with your current boss. She’s the first person to inform during a personal meeting. While the new job is great for you, it’s bound to give your supervisor some agita. So even if you despised your job and the boss who came with it, be gracious in explaining why you decided to quit.

Don’t complain about your boss or the job. Instead, talk about how the new job gives you a chance to expand your horizons. Then discuss next steps you can take to assure a smooth transition. Offer to train a replacement. If there’s nobody to take your place yet, write a memo outlining your responsibilities.

Second, write a thank you letter to your boss. Say what a pleasure it’s been working for him, even if it’s not true. You never can tell when you could meet your boss again either as a new manager somewhere else or as a client.

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

Randy Place
RANDY PLACE is a job finding coach, author, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of www.yourcareerservice.com For 23 years, he helped over a thousand downsized employees at JPMorganChase find jobs. He also coached executives at CBS, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding, communications skills, and sales strategies An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on job finding and sales training nationwide. His nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations in the US. Randy is the author of “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach” and writes about career topics on www.yourCareerService.com. His articles about job finding have appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly. A former sales executive at NBC, broadcast journalist, and commercials spokesperson, Randy holds a Bachelor’s in Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master’s in Journalism from NYU.

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