Ten Tips for Putting in Your Two-Weeks Notice

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If you are one of the fortunate ones in today’s economy who has a job, deciding to leave a job for a better opportunity can be a challenge. However, it is a common occurrence in today’s workforce. Building up the courage to put in your two-weeks notice can be a bit intimidating if it is your first time. Here are some tips on how to break the news gently to pursue another opportunity.

  1.  Provide plenty of notice. If you know ahead of time that you are going to be taking another job, or if you are relocating, let your boss know sooner rather than later. The rule of thumb is to give at least two-weeks notice before departing. If you know earlier, notify your boss. This will allow the company to begin the hiring process sooner and will make the transition period smoother.

  2. Talk to your boss first, before handing in your letter of resignation. If you want to enjoy a pleasant final two weeks, have a quick talk with your boss to let him or her know you are submitting your resignation. This can help reduce the shock to your superior and colleagues. This will also showcase your professionalism to your current employer, who could become a reference to a future employer.

  3. Give compliments. A good way to break the bad news of your impending departure is to pay a compliment. Your boss will love hearing good things about your role and experiences with the company.

  4. Make it official. Do not rely on a verbal contract to be the final word. Check with your current employer’s policies and procedures for advice about submitting written resignation.

  5. Give your reason for leaving. In the heat of quitting, your frustrations with your career at the company could cause you to speak candidly without thought of the consequences. Avoid doing this at all costs! Give reasons why you are leaving, but keep a positive spin on it, and leave out the negativity. If your reasons are productive, your boss can take away something to do differently in order to keep quality employees.

  6. Think before getting creative. It has become a popular trend in our workplace culture to give two-weeks notice in a creative fashion. Whether it is a formal letter, a resignation note on a cake, a sticky note on your bosses’ desk, or a video that reaches the masses on YouTube, think of the effects it will have on your future career before sharing it with the world. In the moment, creatively quitting may seem like the best way to submit your resignation, but allowing the public into a personal matter can impact your chances of being hired in the future.

  7. Offer your services to tie up loose ends. Once you submit your two-weeks, ask your boss if you can work until your last day to make the transition easier for the company. Not only will it help soften the blow of your leaving, it will also allow them time to decide what their next move should be. Trust us—your colleagues will be thanking you for not sticking them with the extra work.

  8. Help spread the word to find your replacement. Helping your employer find your replacement will show your commitment to the company. Much like leaving a family pet with a trusted friend or relative, leaving your old job to a trusted friend will give your employers the feeling of being in good hands.

  9. Quit on a Friday. Breaking the news to your boss is best done on Fridays. The end of the workweek allows the perfect time for both parties to discuss the decision and have a weekend to process and regroup.

  10. Don’t slack off during your last two weeks. After giving notice of your departure, it is important to stay on task and tie up loose ends. Just because you are leaving the company, you do not have the right to make things more difficult for your employer and current colleagues. Not only does hard work help time go by quickly, but it is also beneficial to stay in good standing with those who could become references and helpful connections in the future.

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