Cover LettersCover Letters
Job Seeker TipsJob Seeker Tips
Beginner BasicsBeginner Basics
In the WorkplaceIn the Workplace
Build Your
Resume With
Our Easy Wizard
Get A
Try Our
Cover Letter
Home > Blog: In the Workplace > How to Quit Your Job

How to Quit Your Job

Do you hate your job and just want to quit? Did you find a new job and need to quit? Once you decide you've had enough, you need to develop an exit strategy to ensure a graceful departure from your current job. Here's a step-by-step that ran in a post last September.

I quit

Submit Your Two Weeks Notice
Note: Two weeks is standard protocol. Your current standing with the company, your anxiety to get out, or the start date of your new job can all affect the length of time you're willing to put in after you resign. Use your best judgment.

Depending on your reasons for leaving, writing this letter could be a breeze or it could feel like pulling teeth. But one thing is certain: No matter how ecstatic you are to be leaving, you still have to be respectful.
The contents of a good resignation letter look something like this:



Opening: Express gratitude toward the employer for the knowledge you gained on the job.

Body: Discuss your intention to resign and indicate your last day on the job.

Closing: Address your intentions to contribute to a smooth departure for yourself and your department.


To deliver the news, set up a meeting with your manager. In this case, you'll verbally explain that you've found a new job and will be leaving on a certain date, but bring a printed, signed copy of your letter for the company's records.

Tie Up Loose Ends
After giving your notice, you'll want to go over the details of your final two weeks with your boss or HR. Here's what you'll need to straighten out:

  1. Find out how much paid time off you have left and what you're going to do with it. Some companies will pay you for the unused time while others will make you use it. If your company does the latter, apply it to your last two weeks and enjoy the time off before you start your new job (or jump-start looking for one!).
  2. Find out what happens with your 401(k) account and what you need to do to close it and move the funds elsewhere.
  3. Most importantly, write a list of projects you've been working on. This list will come in handy during your final weeks to make sure you finish any outstanding tasks and give your boss a heads up on what you'll be leaving behind.
  4. If they're replacing you with someone who requires training, discuss how it will be conducted and what projects might have to be moved to the backburner to fit the training into your schedule.

What to Do if Your Boss Freaks Out
This is simply one of those situations when moody bosses tend to freak out and tell you to leave immediately instead of letting you put in your last two weeks. If you think your boss will calm down after the initial blow, give him some space and try to address the issue at a later time. You can try to salvage the professional relationship or take the hasty reaction as your cue to take an extended vacation.

Your last two weeks might feel like the longest of your life. Just make sure to add your soon-to-be ex-colleagues to your network list in the process. You never know when they'll come in handy!

The Pursuit of Workplace Happiness

Ready To Jump Start Your Job Search?
Looking for Help with Your Job Search?
Pongo has been helping Job Seekers for over 10 years. If you think our articles are great, try our Resume Builder, Letter Builder and Exclusive Interview Strategy Videos! Our easy-to-use tools and expert advice have helped over 70% of our Members get the job they want! Learn More »
Like what you see?
Join over 4.6 million Pongo Members — and let us help you land your dream job.
Pongo Raves
How Mark Improved His Life With Pongo
See how Mark's job search went from frustrating and uneventful to productive and fulfilling with Pongo's help.
Learn More About Pongo
More Success Stories