Posted on Mar 28, 2018

Spark a Career Counseling + Coaching

How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

By Amanda Baczek

Leaving a job is usually a bittersweet experience, even if you’re leaving because you just can’t take it anymore. There’s always something good, something we’ll miss, a mark that’s been left on our lives forever. Once you’ve handed in your notice, your last couple weeks with the company will fly by, and it’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important. I gave my most recent employer six weeks’ notice because I knew I’d have a lot to transition to those taking over my responsibilities, and I still felt like I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to in that time.

Once you know you’re ready to give notice, or shortly after you do, make a list of things you want to get done before you walk out the door. Your list may vary depending on your specific position and situation, but these are a few broad things to keep in mind:

1. Document your accomplishments

Especially if you’ve been in a position a long time, chances are you’ve achieved a lot, even if it doesn’t seem that way. Take some time to reflect on your time with the company—consider any major achievements, promotions, initiatives you participated in, or processes you helped implement. These accomplishments can be added to your resume or be used in an interview for your next position. It’s also a nice way to reflect on how far you’ve come, and may remind you of skills you didn’t realize you had.
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