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How to Gracefully Quit Your Job
A masterplan for saying good bye in style.
Career 16 May 2023

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It’s normally that you feel a bit scared before quitting your current job. But no worries, we are at your side and walk you through the process of a successful resignation

Get started: How to announce you’re quitting?

If you and you boss are working in the same location and/or city, try to sit down together and share the news face to face. Alternatively, you can do this by phone, but is not a suitable topic to only announce via email unless we are talking about you having a boss that makes “The Devil Wears Prada” seem harmless.

What if your boss is out of town or simply to busy?

If your boss is travelling or simply to busy, announce via WhatsApp, email or on the mailbox that you have something important and rather time-sensitive to discuss.

Resignation letter?

It is something rather traditional, but your employer might ask you to write a letter to have your resignation documented for their records.
If you’re asked to write a letter, keep it short and nice; something along the lines of “After having worked xy years at the gallery xy, I have decided to move on and would like to confirm my resignation for (date). I wish my colleagues and the company all the best.”

Should you tell your boss the actual reasons for the departure?

It depends what the real reasons are, dear. A higher pay by a competitor or a move into a different industry is something less critical and you might not want to discuss a toxic work culture etc at this moment.

What if your boss reacts disappointed?

The best thing to do is to stay professional and focus on smooth logistics of the transition, as well as to ensure him that you will prepare your exit carefully without causing too much extra worries for your team and him/her.

When and how do you tell your colleagues?

Ideally tell your boss first, but let`s face it, in most case, some of your colleagues turned into your buddies, so you might already have informed them upfront. This is human but hopefully you know whom to trust so that there is no gossip pre-resigning.

How to spend the time until your final day at work?

Notice periods are designed to let you transfer your responsibilities, ideally work a few hours with your replacement and leave emails, desk and files and good shape so your team can manage to take it over without a total mess.

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