You’ve Landed a New Job, How to Quit Your Old

You’ve landed the job you have always wanted, now what? How do you quit your old job? Life is very unpredictable, and you do not know what the future holds for you, so never burn your bridges. There are protocols to follow when it comes to quitting your old job.


Guidelines to Quit Your Old Job


A good place to start the process is to review your employment agreement and all the contracts that you have signed over the period you have been working for the organization. You want to ensure that you are not violating any terms of agreements by accepting the new job, and it’s also a good exercise to refresh your memory. You want to be up-to-date on non-compete clauses and non-disclosure agreements. In the event that you do not understand the legalese, get a professional to interpret them for you.


Notify your boss of your intention to leave, and do so before you notify others, even people with whom you have close relationships with. Submit a formal letter of resignation and give no less than the standard two-week notice. Even if you have a difficult relationship with your boss, treat him with respect, keep your ego in check, and never gloat about the new company and new job. Inquire about any employee benefits and salary that you are entitled to receive upon leaving. And during the two-week notice period, perform your job at the same level as you would if you were not leaving.


You know this already, but it’s worth repeating that it’s unethical to photocopy and/or email the company’s trade secrets, copyrighted materials, customer lists, pricing information, and any other business intelligence that gives the organization its competitive advantage. The last thing you want is to tarnish the reputation that you have worked so hard to build.


The last day on the job, remember to return company property such as keys, laptop computer, cell phones and anything that does not belong to you. It is very embarrassing if a company representative has to ask you for the items. If the company asks for an exit interview, please read How to Ace the Exit Interview to get ideas on how to respond.


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