There was a lot of focus on quitting your job creatively last week. From the newly notorious Steven Slater, to the would-be-so-gratifying-if-it-wasn’t-a-hoax "Jenny DryErase," dissatisfied employees everywhere vicariously lived out their dreams of going out with a bang. But what if you just actually need to quit your job, and don’t want to burn any bridges or garner Internet fame while doing so? Read on for a few dos and don’ts for moving on.
- Give your employer plenty of notice (at least two weeks!)
- Get organized for your replacement
- Be honest but tactful about why you're leaving ("I’m looking to grow more in my career," not "I’m bored senseless here")
- Wrap up any projects you’re in the middle of, or leave clear instructions for how to do so
- Leave your contact info for questions after you’re gone
- Unleash a string of profanities on your boss or co-workers
- Give everyone the finger on your way out
- Take the opportunity to tell your boss what you’ve REALLY always thought of him (or out his Farmville habits)
- Announce that you’re quitting, and your last day is today
- Quit via Facebook, Twitter, or any other public venue
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